Hello dear reader,
Today I am reviewing Simplicity 8600 blouse pattern. This is the pattern I chose for my blouse course and sew-a-long because it has great teaching elements.
The best part of this blouse to me is the placket. It is a construction step that will stretch a beginner’s sewing skill. It is also the first step. If it goes wonky, a new front and placket could be re-cut without losing the entire project. The placket is in two parts: the front neck facing and the placket. I’ve seen some plackets that are sewn all in one and those are clunky and more difficult. This one really allows a beginner to break it down and complete the challenge successfully.
The rest of the directions are straight foward and fairly well-illustrated. The fit is very forgiving and very comfortable. As an apple/pear, this version has eye catching details at the neckline and hem (the best for me) while loosely gliding over my tummy (my worst area post-twins).
I have already cut out the tank version, so I will be making this again. I am using a drapey rayon next. If I make the sleeves again (maybe as a dress?) I’m thinking about reducing the volume around the arms a bit and shortening them to above the elbow. Maybe a belt?
Anyway, I have started a Pinterest Board specifically for this pattern with ideas on how to modify it for a variety of looks and seasons.
I am also hosting a sew-a-long after my in-person class so students can have a chance to make it over again and collaborate with each other. Feel free to join the group for video tips and other shared resources via my new Facebook Page!