Pattern Review: WBM Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse

So today I’m back with a full-on review of the Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse that has already appeared twice on this blog without a proper review!

Creative Counselor: Daisy Dropped Shoulder blouse

I received this pattern free of charge (full disclosure) to pair with the WBM slim fit pants that I tested a couple of weeks ago.  For that pairing, I made this black top.  And I liked it so much that I immediately made another!

Creative Counselor: Sew Ready for Fall

Until I made this black blouse, I hadn’t realized just how much I needed a black blouse in my wardrobe!  Like a black t-shirt, I am now convinced this is a wardrobe staple.  It is the perfect answer for all of those times I’m searching for something black to wear with whatever bottom I pulled out for that day.  In other words, it’s one of those basic pieces that makes everything else in my wardrobe infinitely more wearable.

Creative Counselor: Daisy Dropped Shoulder blouse

And since I love my basic black blouse so much, I think I need to do a basic white as well!

After I finished my black blouse, I turned right around and made myself this cream one.  It was actually for the Stylish Fabric blog tour last week, but a nice solid blouse like this will be another wardrobe staple.

Creative Counselor: Sew Ready for Fall

This fabric was a lot more translucent than the black, so I was worried that the facings would show through, particularly since they are interfaced.  I didn’t mind so much with the sleeve facings — they kind of look like cuffs — but the neckline facing just would not work.  Instead, I swapped out the neckline facing for a basic bias bound finish.  And it worked great!

This pattern was one that I had never looked twice at before, but it was a very pleasant surprise!

Creative Counselor: Daisy Dropped Shoulder blouse

Pattern: Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse by Wardrobe By Me

Price: $10.00

Size: 8

Difficulty: Adventurous beginner

Techniques Required: Working with drapey fabric, attaching a facing, sewing a narrow hem.

Options/Features:

  • 3 hemlines
  • Options for woven or knit fabric.
  • 2 neckline options
  • Alternative neckline and arm finishes.

Supplies Needed:

  • Fabric — either drapey woven like rayon or silk or knit
  • Woven apparel interfacing (for woven version)
  • Bias binding (store bought or homemade)
  • Matching thread

Similar Patterns: There are many dolman patterns on the market (too many to list here actually), but not many of those are appropriate for wovens.  A couple that are would be the Blank Slate Blanc Tee, and the Blue Dot Patterns Georgia Top.

Fabric: Both of these tops are made with rayon.  The black is a lovely rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabric.  The peach is rayon gauze from Stylish Fabric.

Fit: I love the fit on this.  Granted, dolman tops are very forgiving, but this top really hits that sweet spot.

Modifications: I used a bias binding for the neckline on the peach since the fabric is so light.  Otherwise, none.

Pattern format: PDF. The PDF is easy to work with.  It has no-trim pages, which really is nice.

Pros:

  • Ideal blouse for an office or business-casual environment.
  • Quick and easy construction — makes it a great wardrobe builder.
  • I love that is uses facings — they give such a nice finish.
  • The option for knit fabric and finishes makes the pattern even more versatile.

Cons:

  • I actually omitted the topstitching around the neckline facing because I found that it made the neckline lay funny.  It looks much nicer without.

Overall Grade: A.  I finished the black one and immediately sewed up a second.  I definitely have plans for more to help populate my office wardrobe!

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