DuBarry 5355 blouse progress

Well it was late when I decided to work on the blouse for the pattern.

I just had to adjust a few things but not too much. As usual, the neck is always cut wider than the fit I like so I adjusted that accordingly.

I cut out a mock up from some old fabric and as my sewing partner slept by my feet, looked at the clock.

It was too late to baste it by machine. My sewing machine is loud and I started this at 1:30am, so I just bit the bullet and basted the thing by hand.

It didnt take too long, a little under two hours, and that included all the gatherers and adding the peplum too! I just had my thread at the ready, my iPod on, and went into a stitching zone.

I folded the fabric over the needle with my right hand and used my left to slide the fabric back on the needle. I love mindless work. I get to daydream...

I am kinda proud of myself for doing this by hand. A lot of sewing books I have say to baste your actual dress by hand and adjust fit from that. Umm...naw. I can write notes on this one, and I have in the past. Its the doing the whole thing by hand that I consider a personal achievement.

The fit is dead on, and Im so happy with it. I did have to cut down the front of the arm hole, but I end up having to do that a lot anyway, no big deal in the slightest. Now I can cut it out and knock out the final.

I do plan on making this a belted back, but for the sake of the baste, I didnt think I needed to.

I plan to wear it Saturday! It will look fantastic with the skirt. I have a feeling I may make the top a few more times.

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