Pattern: Kwik Sew 3199
Pattern Description: “The misses’ fitted blouses have an empire waist, fitted midriff with panel seams, gathers under the bust, tucks on the back, and a front button closure. Views A and B have full-length sleeves with wide cuffs. View A has a mandarin collar. View B has a collar with a stand. View C has short gathered sleeves with narrow bands and a collar with a stand.” I made View C with a mandarin collar in a small (S).
Fabric: Fashion fabric–brown paisley georgette; underlining–brown peachskin polyester.
Notions: five antique-like metal buttons.
Overall: This blouse was the last piece in my SWAP puzzle, and quite honestly, I was ready to be done with it. This is my first Kwik Sew pattern, so that was cool. I don’t know if this is particular to all Kwik Sew patterns or not, but the seam allowance is 1/4″. That was something to get used to, and it affected the way I basted the lining to the fashion fabric as well as forming gathers.
As I mentioned before, I underlined the blouse, which was a real pain. It came out nice, but again, it was twice the work. I opted to nix the collar and just do a mandarin collar. Also, originally, this blouse was going to have 3/4 length sleeves, but I didn’t have enough fabric. Actually, I like the gathered short sleeves better (sewn in flat). It’s cuter style and will be nice in the spring.
Also, Kwik Sew only gives you one button whole marking (the center whole), and you have to measure 2-1/8″ for the two buttons wholes below and beneath. I used my handy dandy Sim Flex sewing gauge to accurately measure the distance of the button holes.
The only thing I did not like about this top is that the construction of the sleeves make for limited arm movement. However, I love the buttons I found for this top. I got them from Jo-Ann’s on one of those blessed shopping trips where I found everything I was looking for. 🙂