I think most of us can deeply appreciate the beauty of a well-fitted button down shirt, as well as its El Dorado-level scarcity that makes it such a prize to have. Being short, narrow-shouldered, and in love with 1940s styles, I have had a lot of difficulty finding such a blouse to add to my wardrobe, so I've endeavored to make it myself.
I discovered a really great contender with this 1940s pattern I sewed up a while ago. Since then, I sewed other views from the pattern to make some work shirts for myself. While it was fantastic, it also came untucked a lot when I would reach for things at work, and that annoyed me greatly.
Thus... I implemented this flex-sleeve armscye hack from the Boyer Sisters' blog, and it did wonders! I am getting closer to the perfect blouse pattern, step by step...
I decided to round off the bottom of the armhole adjustment made in the hack tutorial, and I felt quite good that this was it. I would have a perfect blouse. I recalled this hideously-awesomely 'Merica eagle fabric I had bought and new it would be perfect for a wearable muslin test of my pattern adjustments. If it failed, I wouldn't be too upset. If it worked... I would have a crazily American eagle shirt to wear, which is an obvious win.
It turned out perfectly wearable, as you can see! While I feel it's the patriotic version of a wolf shirt, it's always acceptable to be cheesily patriotic in the Midwest.
The only issue? I may have forgotten about directional prints, and now the eagles on my back are forever swooping downward. But I don't see that part when I wear it, so I can deal with it.
At this point I'm getting nitpicky, but I have just one very small tweak for the next version... and, seriously, it will be a perfect blouse. I just want to trim the front of the armscye to curve in a bit more, and it'll be good. I've traced the adjusted pattern pieces to make new, fresh pieces to use on my next round of blouse-sewing.
blouse: me-made, Simplicity 4762
trousers: me-made, WH "Smooth Sailing" Trousers
belt: bought at local festival
shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
purse: gifted, from Kenya
Have any of you tried a flex-sleeve adjustment or found another tweak that aids in increasing mobility in vintage blouse patterns? What do you think of this hideously-awesomely 'Merica eagle print?