I may or may not get this done today, which is OK since I wasn't planning on wearing it until I have something to wear it with. The main hold-up will be buttons. I don't know yet if I have any suitable since I haven't looked in the bin yet. If not, I'll stop by J's on the way home tomorrow. Actually, I'll stop either way since I need a couple of invisible zippers to tide me over until I remember to place an online order.
The print I'm using is a very drapey and slippery and sheer poly picked up at Hancock's a few years ago. I have to sew it very s-l-o-w-l-y because it has a mind of its own, wants to walk all over the place, and tells me that seam allowances are really just suggestions.
I've mostly been able to tame it into submission, but I'm up to putting in the sleeves now and they are giving me fits. If anyone ever asks me what my least favorite thing about sewing is, my answer would be setting in sleeves. Or, more correctly, setting in sleeves with too much (read: any) sleeve cap ease. I've vowed that very soon I'm going to revisit some of my sewn blouse patterns and find one that has a great armsyce and sleeves and then use that combo from now on. I know I have at least one or two. I just have to read some past reviews and figure out which ones they are.
I knew from my muslin that there was too much ease in these sleeves (like 1.5"-2"). But I also cut into the shoulder of the bodice pieces to narrow them and after rewalking the sewing lines, I thought I had corrected it. Apparently not. There is no way this fabric will ease and I don't have the patience for it or any more of this fabric to cut new sleeves. So I just said screw it and pleated the ease evenly on both sides of the shoulder seam. No one besides us will ever be able to tell it wasn't intentional. Heck, they don't even know (yet) at work that I sew.
Carolyn asked what I was pairing the finished blouse with and suggested Vogue 1247 (the Rachel skirt). While that pattern is on my radar, I have a few other skirt patterns that I actually own and thus are higher up in the queue, so it will be one of them. The skirt fabric is below. It's kind of a brownish greyish olive something, and I have a TON of it. It will be good to clear some of it from the stash.