The difference between View A and View B of Simplicity 1364 might look slight, but the styles behave very differently in fabric.
To be quite honest, I have mixed feelings about this top.
If you’re embarking on sewing this blouse, I have to be honest about all these conflicting thoughts. On one hand, I think its quite a comfortable, easy sew. On the other hand, the long sleeve version left a lot to be desired.
If I were to make this again, I would stick to the sleeveless version (View B.)
The problem with Simplicity 1364 came down to one thing: the 1960s cut just didn’t agree with me.
If you had the opportunity to watch my fitting video about this blouse, everything seemed to be going fine.
After doing some pattern drafting magic, I was able to get a nice and comfortable, wearable fit on the bodice.
I loved how it looked and felt on me. Even the slightly too-open neck on me was passable. Heck, I thought the slightly-off-shoulder shoulder line was just “part of the style.”
The long sleeve version, though, was a reminder the placement of a seamline can sometimes make or break a pattern for my frame- and as you can see in the images, the off-the-shoulder sleeve wasn’t particularly flattering on me.
My shoulder peak is literally at the edge of the facing. And you can tell.
Add to that, but the weight of the sleeve pulls the shoulder seam down even further. I created mutton sleeves without meaning to.
I would still sew the View B version of Simplicity 1364 again.
Closing in the neckline (covered in a previous post) is a simple drafting fix and the blouse is super versatile.
The long sleeve version, probably avoiding unless I wanted to put in more time into pattern drafting.
If you’re tackling vintage Simplicity 1364, head my warnings above, but otherwise carry on!
Realistically speaking, the top is a comfortable beginner pattern. But, there’s room for opportunity for improvement on it, if you want to take it there.
Step One: Bodice Darts.
If you had to do an insane FBA as I did, you may need to trim your darts after sewing and pressing. I used a rayon challis in my maroon version, and decided to leave about 5/8in seam allowance on that trim.
Step Two: Sleeve darts.
Darts! On sleeves! How fun is that?
You don’t often see darts on sleeves unless they’re on a sloper, but I love the small detail. Be sure to press the darts in the correct direction. Pressed down and you have a comfortable fitting sleeve. Pressed up and it can rub against your elbow annoyingly as you move.
Step Three: Finish with luxe details
I opted for the following “upgrades” because I love being Extra about my sewing. I hand hemmed my blouse, and whipped stitched all my seam allowances.
Also, if you have more of a curvy figure, I would definitely recommend making the waist tie– it really helps avoid the “sack” look.
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Have you considered making this blouse? Do you like the off-the-shoulder seamline? Would you adjust it, like I’m planning on doing?