This blouse is made in navy blue linen. It's hard to tell in this photo. Actually, it's the same linen I used for this skirt. So, I could have some sort of suit if I were feeling matchy and a little insane. I usually buy about 4 yards of linen when I see it on sale and just keep it around to cut into. For this blouse I used Simplicity 2599. This is the second blouse I have made from this pattern and it's becoming a favorite. The first one is here. It's such a versatile pattern, I'm actually using it for dresses, as I will discuss in 3 paragraphs.
I had a bee in my bonnet about a peter-pan blouse that buttons up the back. The button-up-the-back didn't go as planned, but the collar was salvaged and a new blouse was sewn, and I am quite happy with this version. Let's hear it for buying extra fabric on sale.
I drafted up a peter-pan collar and I used super-soft hem tape to cover the raw edges where it's attached on the inside. You can attach collars in a few different ways, either with a facing or with the edges finished— enclosed or under a tape of some kind. A facing would have been too bulky here, I think.
The super fantastic part of this pattern is that I noticed the over-all shape is very similar to this green dress I am planning on sewing. I have the green silk all ready and I just tried this blouse-into-a-dress experiment in a different fabric, one I could test on that is not silk. I made it into a dress simply by extending the length of this blouse and widening it just a tad past the hips. It worked so well. Like, crazy good.
So, I will have more to report soon with photos to show. It's very pleasing. And stop the presses—I actually have the new Wendy book in my hands right now (It's so good! More on this very soon.) and there is a dress pattern in it identical to this simple lengthened blouse shape, perfect for customizing with sleeves or any collar style you can dream up.