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Silky Feminine Blouses Return-Part 1: Design

Are you seeing them too?  Feminine, flouncy blouses are making a come-back!  This blouse story was all over when I was It watching the newest season of one of my favorite series:  Designated Survivor.  The flowy softness of flounces just really seems to flatter everyone.  Here's a view from the side.


Flounces on V-neck and cuffs


And from the front, you can see that those sleeve flounces extend up a slit at the top o the sleeve. My guess is that it extends 8" in a slit right up the center of the lower sleeve - almost to the elbow. (Oh - and if the ID of the guy drives you crazy - he's from ER series - years ago!)


I observed that both of these blouses had excessive length to the sleeves.

Tucked in Trim-Ness

Along with feminine blouses, I'm also observing tops tucked INto well-fitted skirts and pants with regular, 'real' waistlines.  Just sayin', gals time to trim down.  The other series I watch - mainly for fashion - is House of Cards.  As I roamed the local mall today, I have to say that too often - women especially may as well not bother to put on clothes, they fit SO tightly and revealing.  I digresss...back to sewing.

Sew.... not having any of these classic feminine blouses in my current wardrobe, I thought I'd consider making at least one when I get around to some personal sewing.  SURELY there are current patterns featuring these details I thought...but after a online look through the Big 4 pattern companies - alas, I found none.

SURELY, I have some classic 'oldies but goodies' out in my pattern cabinet stash in the garage...

Alas - I 'down-sized' my patterns WAY too much!

sew I took a gander just now, and - GRRRRRR, no luck!  When I sorted through my HUGE pattern collection before moving from IL to TN 3 years ago, I now remember getting rid of oh, SO many classics.  Silly, silly me!  But oh, how very happy I am that I insisted on moving both of the pattern cabinets that I took home after closing my retail storefront back in 2003.

Thankfully, I know how to create those feminine flounces, and shared the how-to's  in my pattern:  Flirty Flounces. 


PDF Version HERE.  Printed version HERE.


I shared my Flounce drafting How-To's in this episode of It's Sew Easy TV (and it's also in my 3 Disc DVD:  Stretching Your Knit Sewing Know-How). 



HOW TO: hem flounces? Especially silky woven fabrics?

Hemming Techniques - coming up in next week's Blog Post:  Aug. 13.


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