It's 40 degrees out and my down coat is still in heavy rotation, but I've got spring on my mind!
Scrumptious swiss dot voile from Gorgeous Fabrics
After my whole debacle of trying to figure out the mysterious hidden button placket, I didn't even use it! I agreed with Colette's suggestion that a smoother placket would look better.
With Ann's Threads article on grainline in mind, I took advatage of the linear pattern of the swiss dots and cut the pattern pieces on the bias.
Too much: a black topstitching thread was just too heavy for the delicate fabric
Not enough: black all-purpose thread hardly showed up
Just right: two strands of black all-purpose thread (with white thread in the bobbin) gave the perfect stitch definition
Omitted the neck bow-tie, obviously.
I measured my bicep circumference before cutting out the armbands, I have a little over 1" ease in the sleeve bands on this blouse. I learned this the hard way that it's no fun to wear a blouse with sleeves that you've always got to tug down because they keep getting stuck high on your arms...
I love the 3-piece bib front - it provides shaping that you just don't get on a single-piece front with bust dart.
Now if I could only find the time to sew all the other blouses from this issue...