… and she's really pissed that Melanie gave you her blouse. ;-)
So here it is, in all of its 1980s shoulder-padded dolman glory. And if you think this is hilarious—
Look at this:
But in my time-warped way, I still kinda love it. Just not enough to wear it in public.That's OK. It got its fair share of wearing, and then some, back in 1985 or whenever it was I bought it. (And it's not shiny, like it looks in these pics. Weird how photos change some fabrics.) My personal color palette hasn't changed much since then either, which makes sense since *I* am still the same color, give or take a little gray and some wrinkles, and much smaller hair.
Here's a couple more shots, one showing the deep pleats on the side front.
And the other showing what a pain in the @ss it was to get in and out of this thing, plus the sleeves also had three small buttons up each to give it that very fitted look at my wrists. But the fabric (silk) is still in great condition. The whole blouse looks brand new. Well, except for that 1980s thing it has going on.
Moving ahead to 2011, I present the HP Pussycat muslin. This is a straight 16, except for the sleeves. I had to add 2" to those, but they sewed in with no easing required. Yay Trudy!
I think the only "alterations" I'm going to do are (1) add some length at the bottom, (2) add a little extra length under the bust on the upper bodice, and (3) take some ring out of the bell sleeves. Hah. I slay myself. Or, I might just elasticate the wrists and call it done. The neckline isn't as low as the pattern illustration (but since when do those HP drawings ever ring entirely true? Ring! Hah. Get it?), but I really don't feel like altering it so it's going to stay as drafted, at least in this version.
I'm going to cut the good stuff right after dinner and maybe I'll have a new blouse by bedtime.