PAULINE ALICE - Reina Shirt
Fabric: Rayon Challis
Alterations: Added 1.5 inches to the top bodice and added 1 extra button
I purchased this PDF pattern from Pauline Alice last summer but never got around to sewing it up. Upon looking at the instructions, I knew this wasn't going to be a fast make for me, so I needed to wait until the mood struck for some fine-detail sewing. This is View A, long sleeves, with a tie. I'd also like to mention that Pauline Alice patterns match up beautifully. This is my second PDF pattern purchase, and just like the first, no issues with lines matching up.
You definitely want a fabric with significant amount of drape. For a clean finish, I sewed French seams, except at the shoulder sleeve. That is something I haven't quite figured out how to do yet.
I love the cuffs, which have 4 buttons. I was very happy to discover that if I unbuttoned the one at the wrist, I could slip the blouse off without unbuttoning any others, including those down the front!
The button loops are fiddly to work with. I didn't have a tool to turn them since they are so narrowly sewn at a 1/4", but a bobby pin works brilliantly.
1) Trim seam.
2) Cut a notch (fold over about an inch and clip).
3) Slide one arm of your bobby pin through your tube.
4) Put the other arm of your bobby pin in at the notch.
The bodice back is gathered before attaching to the yoke; it's hard to see with the print of my fabric.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley