I saw a bunch of these tuxedo-looking shirts at the mall a few weeks ago. (I went there to buy jewelry, not clothing. I'm still sticking to my make everything for a year challenge.) Anyway, I really liked the look, but couldn't find anything like it among the pattern companies I browse. Then I remembered this pattern I had in my stash. I didn't like the big ruffle down the center at first glance, but by cutting it down to only 1" wide and ironing it flat, it morphed into exactly what I wanted.
I made view B, the one in the middle. As I didn't like any of the sleeve options that came with this pattern, I swapped them for the shorter sleeves of McCall's 5630. Then I got a little indecisive and wondered if maybe a shorter sleeve might look better:
Definitely not! Here's the side view. You can see the cute cuffs and button closure.
Here's a close-up of the front ruffle. You can also see the texture of the fabric as well. I love this design, with fitted mid-section, bust gathers, and collar supported with a collar stand.
Close-up of sleeve detail:
When I started this blouse, I knew I wanted to wear it with this vest I made last month. So when it came time to make the button holes, I made sure the buttons above and below the vest were situated in a pleasing position. I like this better then the white blouse I took the vest pictures with, which I found a bit plain.
Shall we look at the insides? I did all the vertical sewing in french seams, and put bias tape around the armhole and middle seams. The collar and facings were slip-stitched, which this fabric made very brutal for some reason. It doesn't feel very thick, but must be tightly woven because needles didn't go through it easily.
Up next is Vogue 8409, with the 3/4 sleeves, in a cute dark denim. I'm not planning to line it, so am hoping it will be a quick project.