Written by Vanessa of @eastandeden
Everyone needs a go to blouse in their wardrobe - something that looks great with shorts in the summer, with jeans in the fall and under a cardigan in the winter. The Biscayne Blouse is a very versatile pattern which can do exactly that. Depending on the fabric you choose, the blouse could be dressy or casual. This is definitely one of those pieces that can be transitioned between work and play.
The Biscayne Blouse is a sleeveless, flowy blouse with shaped neckband and hidden button placket. There is delicate pleating on both sides of the collar and in the center of the back. The pattern provides the option of a welt or patch pocket. One of my favorite features is the gentle high/low hemline with beautiful sloping sides. The seams are finished with lovely French seams and the arms with bias tape.
The fabric you choose will definitely affect your outcome. The recommended fabric is 100% rayon challis. There are other fabrics that will work well too. The most important factor to consider is the drape of the fabric. The pattern is designed to work with very flowy fabrics. The body of the blouse is cut a bit on the wide side yet looks very flattering with a great draping fabric. You could make the blouse out of shirting fabric, just be aware that it may look a bit boxy. I would recommend adding some shaping to your side seams if you choose a fabric with a stiffer drape.
Speaking of shaping, the Biscayne Blouse side seams are easy to modify. If you are a pear shape, you can grade the hips out to a larger size. I am fairly hourglass shaped, so I took in a little more around the waist. I recommend making a muslin to make certain you get the shape you want in your final garment. A muslin for this pattern is a quick sew … no need to complete all the little details that you will add to your ‘real’ blouse.
I made my Biscayne Blouse out of a polyester crepe that I found on Hobby Lobby’s seasonal fabric rack. I fell in love with the bright orange and metallic accents. I like that it is a bit fancy. I feel comfortable styling it with dress pants or jeans and heels. The crepe has a great drape, but let me be honest, it is a bit tricky to work with due to its slippery nature. I found spray starch to be my best friend during this project … lots of starch, lots of pressing, especially through the placket and welt pocket construction. It turned out great but next time I will try the recommended rayon challis. A few of the pattern testers used voile and chambray and had fantastic results too. Oh, the possibilities!
Is it a quick sew? No. No it is not. Are the instructions clear? Yes! Adrianna of Hey June Patterns is a fabulous designer and she has produced a wonderful pattern. Set aside plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed. Read the instructions, and then read them again. If you are having trouble, check out her blog for a step-by-step pictorial sew-along. Follow the recommendations and don’t skip steps. Adrianna includes finishing steps such as understitching that provide a professional looking garment. In the end, you will have a staple wardrobe piece that you can be proud to show off. People will be in a state of disbelief when you tell them you made it yourself! You can do it!
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