Today’s FO is the Smooth Sailing blouse from http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com. Lauren, the proprietress of Wearing History, says this pattern is vintage inspired, rather than a reproduction. In my opinion, she got it spot on. This pattern is the best of both world, the fabulous fit and design of a vintage pattern, with the ease of modern markings, instructions and multiple sizing. The only changes needed were to grade up 2 sizes and add 1.5in full bicep adjustment. There is enough ease through the bust, that my normal FBA was not needed. I also did not need to do a petite adjustment above the waist. I normally don’t need one with vintage patterns, but do with modern patterns. To me, this is a pattern that fit perfectly with very little (in my experience) alterations needed. The shoulders fit great. The armscye is high enough to provide a full range of motion but doesn’t cut into the armpit. The buttons don’t gap or pull. The only change I might make to future blouses would be to lower the top end of the front tucks about half an inch. Other than that, this is a perfect blouse!
This next item is my first project from A Stitch in Time, Vol 2. It was very simple and quick to knit but I wanted something to show off the colors in this beautiful silk yarn.