Vintage Blouse: A Tale of Triumph

Well, after many tears (and a few curse words), I have finally finished the Great British Sewing Bee’s Vintage Blouse.

GBSB Blouse 2

It was my first time working with a chiffon fabric, which presented a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, my amazing new sewing machine has automatic tension adjustment, making the whole process a bit easier!

I actually really love this pattern. The fit wasn’t difficult and the vintage accents are just perfect – the necktie, the large sleeves, and the plackets. All of these brought their own learning curves, as I faced down with a range of new sewing techniques. I am now a master of french seams and less technically-challenged when it comes to continuous bound plackets! Whoop!

Would I whip up this pattern again? I think so, although perhaps with a satin or silk fabric. The instructions that came in the book were great and easy-to-follow. And the final product certainly looks plenty vintage!

GBSB Blouse 1

And now it’s onto the next project! I’m torn between a few options but this evening shall be spent making a decision and getting started.

Thanks for all of the support (particularly placket-related). You are fabulous!!

Laura x

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