I actually bought this floaty piece of cotton/silk voile with this pattern (Simplicity 1661) in mind. That's unusual because I normally just collect things that I like without immediate plans. OTOH, I usually buy my fabric for peanuts by the pound and I have to either buy it or else never see it again.
The Fabric Store is a wonderful addition to the LA retail landscape. Though the fabrics aren't cheap, they are a good value for the quality. Mood LA has just opened up down the street from them on La Brea, making mid-town even more of a destination.
Untucked, it's a casual and airy blouse with a slightly longer hem in the back.
Simplicity, Burda and Kwik Sew don't go on sale very often compared to BMV. But, I do value good engineering and service in my patterns and am willing to pay for it. Jalie doesn't ever go on sale and they are well worth the $.
I shortened the ties by 6" because I know that I will never tie a bow; I prefer the ties to hang loosely.
I used this clamp tool to help turn the ties. I'm not sure what this is called, or where I purchased it. If you know where to get these, can you leave a comment?
I pulled the strap through one end, closed the clamp...
Notes:View C, straight size 12. Mine is not as loose or hi-low hem as the envelope picture.
The fabric requirements are overly generous. The envelope recommends 1 5/8 yards of 60" wide fabric and I purchased 1 yard of 54" wide fabric. With the generous cuts at TFS and minimal shrinkage, I had over 37" after pinking the cut edges and prewashing/drying. I didn't have to match patterns or worry about nap so YMMV.
The bias bands for binding the armhole came out too long. The pattern piece provided didn't take into account that bias strips will stretch. OTOH, the amount of stretch depends on the fabric and operator (rough handling will cause more stretch). So, maybe they are right to give the exact armhole dimension and assume that the sewist will know to trim to the appropriate length. I used my quilting ruler to cut the bias strip and trimmed to fit.
Making the neck pleats in this slippery and floaty fabric was challenging. I couldn't see the chalk marks and didn't dare thread baste for fear of leaving holes. Moreover, the fabric didn't hold a press unless I used steam.
There were times I questioned if it was indeed a cotton/silk blend. I had to do a burn test to convince myself it wasn't mis-labeled. Like a true analytical chemist, I touched, smelled and tasted the ashes to confirm the fiber content. I don't recommend that practice, because fabric is generally not food-safe (mostly because of the dyes and finishes).
Come to think of it, barbequed food is carcinogenic due to the burned bits and that's stuff meant to be eaten. What can I say? I'm an old-style chemist that uses all of my senses in the lab. Besides, this is how we live on the edge in suburbia.