Tailored blouses are problematic--yes, there's the fit issue but I also have a hard time with the maintenance they require. Even if you have them laundered, they still require touch ups before wearing. I'm tiring of knitwear too, but I'm not certain tailored blouses are the remedy for me.Of course, that got me thinking of tailored blouses and why I don't wear them--sloth, gaposis, fear of ironing? Then Duchesse responded to my comment with this observation:
Nancy: From what I have seen of your sewing, you prefer more relaxed styles. Tailored blouses are more formal- but you have the skills to make them!Hmm, interesting. I hadn't really thought that was the image I was projecting from my humble blog. IRL, especially at work, I do tend to a more classic, tailored look, but most of those clothes are RTW. Classic takes more time and precision than I have right now, and I've been focusing on fun, nonwork sewing projects. Face it, my wardrobe has a split personality!
I actually have a prototype blouse in the sewing closet, this one that I blogged about several years ago. I never wore it much, probably a function of the fabric I used and a little extra weight that I was carrying at the time.
However, the basic lines of the pattern are good and there are plenty of styling options. I think I'll pull this one out and consider revisiting it. After all, I've already done the hard work of altering the pattern. A blouse would be a nice thing to wear for a change.