Lovely pattern but puzzling construction method

A review of SIZE:me Florence Blouse

Reviewed by Wicky on 12th July, 2021

Made this as a wearable toile from some viscose challis. It’s a quick easy make, as are most raglan sleeve patterns. However, while it says loose fitting, it’s actually boxy – no darts and straight from bust to hips, so be warned if you’re pear shaped – I’ll have to add side slits – hence no photo yet.

Also the instructions, and you tube video, advise joining side seams before inserting the sleeves – I’ve never done that with a raglan sleeve in all my years of sewing and didn’t this time! It’s so much easier to join the sleeves to the front and back first, having completed the sleeve dart, then sew the sleeve and sides in one, especially as the instructions also suggest sewing the shirring in the round.  Again, I’m not sure, I’d do that either! I’m adding jersey cuffs or small binding cuffs as I prefer the look and I’m not keen on shirring.

Good to have a v neck, raglan top pattern for woven, shame they all seem to be boxy, I’ll have to refine it next time.