Edited to add the checklists at the end of this post.
As soon as I saw blouse #1000, I knew I wanted to make it.
The VPLL site states that this blouse has cutwork scallops and granitos on the collar, cuffs and basque. I have to say that it was those details that had me the second I laid eyes on this blouse.
Here’s a tutorial on granitos, but you could also do embroidered circles as well, as the pattern also suggests.
I opted to do the scallops but not the granitos because this is for a friend and I’m not even sure it’s going to fit her. I measured everything before cutting and as I was stitching but the shoulders, sleeve heads and neckline have me concerned.
Besides adding about 1″ to the front and back using the slash and spread method, and then adjusting the collar, cuff and basque pieces to match, I’d have to say that the pattern works up just fine. Anyone trying to fit this for themselves would do well to increase at the shoulder seam as well as the neck. You could also do the pleats on the front and then cut the neck to your neck measurement.
While buttons down the back isn’t the easiest thing to do by yourself, I still like the beauty of it. My poor friend. The red buttons and the little bowtie (made from the ribbon on the skirt) were my 5 year-old daughter’s idea. She didn’t want to have buttons all the way down. I can’t argue with her design eye. She even sewed on the buttons.
I used a white striped voile(?), underlined with a cotton/poly batiste. I also added a layer of light weight interfacing to the cuffs, collars and basque.
The friend I made this blouse for didn’t want the basque, so I pinned it on just to see how it would look. I might alter the basque for a blouse for myself next. Who knows.
I love this blouse. The directions were plenty helpful, as is. All I do, for my own modern sake, is to label the sections. That way, also, I can easily skim each section of directions, which keeps me from spending days just re-reading one paragraph. It happens to me a lot.
Pattern Review Checklist:
- Pattern Description: Ladies Blouse #1000: This beautiful ladies blouse features a pleated front with cutwork scallops and padded granitos at collar, cuffs and basque.
- Pattern Sizing: One size 36″ bust
- Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? I think it did in some aspects but not all, but that’s because I omitted some components.
- Were the instructions easy to follow? I think they were. I did google the embroidery. I also wish the waist band would have been explained.
- What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the cutwork and embroidery on the collar. The pintucks add a lot of texture to the blouse, too. I also really like the sleeves. 3/4″ is so cute.
- Fabric Used: I used a lightweight cotton and I’m assuming it’s voile or something that light. It’s really transparent so I had to underline it with another lightweight cotton (though it was a blend). I left the sleeves unlined.
- Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: For my friend’s blouse, I added an inch (slash and spread) to the front and back. It ended up being too tight in the shoulders and upper chest but it still fit (snug and all). Her bust is 37″ but she has broad shoulders.
- Would you recommend this pattern to others? This one is a tricky one and you should take it on if it speaks to you. It’s a really lovely blouse.
- Conclusion: Beautiful blouse that can teach you how to do granitos and cutwork. Worth the time you put in.
- Pattern Name: Ladies Blouse #1000
- Sewer’s Skill Level: Intermediate
- Pattern Rating: 4-Better than Average, and why? I wish I had had more time to dedicate to this blouse but I love pintucks and the cutwork. Again, it’s in the details that make this blouse shine.
- What skill level would someone need to sew this pattern and why? Definitely Intermediate.
- Were the instructions easy to follow? If not, what needs to be changed? I don’t think they were easy but mostly because of the cutwork and granitos stuff. Everything else should be easy to figure out if you’re an intermediate sewer.
- How was the fit/sizing? Did it correspond to what you thought? It did correspond to what I thought but had I given myself more time, I would’ve added more room to the shoulders. The shoulders are really tight. I added 1″ to the front and 1″ to the back, which wasn’t enough but it was still wearable.
- Did you make any pattern alterations? If so, what alterations did you make? Where they fit or design alterations? Again, I added to the front and back and left everything else as is. Of course, I did add to the collar and the basque to match the blouse alterations.
- Other notes:
Here’s another picture of the blouse- this time on my friend. My blouse (I’m on the left) is the same blouse #1000 but without the pintucks, a much larger increase for my bust and a modified collar and basque (for a more peplum-y look).
My heavily modified #1000 blouse with blue sash.