This blouse spent a long time in the UFO pile. I had wanted to put lace around the neckline as shown in the envelope photo. However, even at the "jammed to the ceiling" lace and trip shop, I didn't find anything that matched or that I liked. And so it sat. Thinking of the New Year's Resolution to rid myself of UFOs, I decided it was time to finish it, lace or no lace.
Here is the finished product:
Somewhere along the line my iron was too hot and I came very close to badly scorching the front right side, but luckily the fabric just warped a bit, although it will not lie flat. You can see it here on the right side of the blouse:
Now that the blouse is done, the main thing I have to say is "Wow, is the neckline LOW!" From my vantage point, I get a nice view of my bra. I may need to add lace trim after all.
Here is the official pattern review:
New Look 6894
Pattern Description: Misses Blouses with princess seams, and neckline and sleeve variations.
Pattern Sizing: 10-22, I made a 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, no problems.
What did you particularly like/dislike about the pattern? I wanted to make some woven tops with princess seams, so this pattern was a good choice. A dislike about the pattern is that the neckline is very low. If I make it again, I will raise it up an inch or two!
Fabric Used: Cotton shirting
Pattern alterations or design changes you made? None.
Would you sew it again? Recommend it to others? Yes, I would sew it again, but would recommend to others to raise the neckline.
Conclusion: A nice top, and the princess seams make fitting easy, but definitely raise the neckline!