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Building a New Wardrobe for Petite Plus Size Women – Constructing the "eyeglass" blouse

I cut this blouse out at the same time as the white/navy blouse using the same pattern. I had only a little more of this fabric.

"Eyeglass" Shell Blouse Complete

"Eyeglass" Shell Blouse Complete

On the previous blouse, I wasn’t entirely happy with the depth of the v-neckline so I cut this one deeper.

This fabric has a bit of stretch so I expected it to fit better. I was quite surprised when I found that it was not wide enough to go around me. I had to cut some triangle shaped wedges to fit into the bottom of the side seams to give enough girth.

Triangle wedge inserted into "eyeglass" blouse

Triangle wedge inserted into "eyeglass" blouse

I was a bit pickier with the fit of this blouse. Using my dress form, I found I needed to take a small dart in the back of the armhole and I put a dart in the front under the armhole because the princess seam didn’t fit quite right.

After doing the more precise fitting on my dress form, I made some more adjustments to the pattern pieces. I guess I didn’t have this pattern adjusted as well as I’d thought.

Eventually I’ll get it right.

I’m happier with the neckline on this blouse so I marked this cutting line on the pattern. Unfortunately the blade on my overlock machine nicked the fabric close to the neckline when I was clean-finishing the neckline edge. I hadn’t intended to put any trim around the neckline on this blouse but, to cover the boo-boo, I had no choice.

Nick in the neckline of "eyeglass" blouse requiring trim to cover

Nick in the neckline of "eyeglass" blouse requiring trim to cover

I found a rather nice piece of white braid with silver intertwined into it in my stash and there was enough for the neckline. It covered the tiny hole perfectly.

I consider these two blouses “freebies” anyway since one was made from fabric I “inherited” when my mom passed away and the other was just leftover fabric from another project.

Note: I wore this blouse the other day and actually had someone comment that it looked like an expensive blouse because of the neckline trim I had to add. lol

"Eyeglass" blouse neckline closeup

"Eyeglass" blouse neckline closeup

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