Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on March 16, 2012
A Modest Lacy Peach Blouse – McCalls 6399 Pattern Review
The sheer sleeves and ruffled ribbon make it so Victorian!
This feminine blouse was made using McCalls Pattern 6399, designed by Pati Palmer for the Palmer/Pletsch line of patterns. I have a fondness for Pati’s patterns, not only because I learned to sew at her school years ago, but also because her designs are specifically constructed to fit you perfectly (with a little tweaking). These patterns have lots of markings to make altering your pattern a breeze, along with incredibly detailed instructions.
But unlike most of the Palmer/Pletsch designs which are very classic, tailored, and perfect for business wear, this blouse is unabashed femininity at its finest!
With the sweetheart neckline, flattering tucks, and option for sheer sleeves, this blouse is the perfect top to wear for a dressy occasion. I made this top from a lovely peach rayon knit that has a subtle sheen to it, and for the sleeves I chose a piece of embroidered netting lace that I’d been saving with a project like this in mind. And since I can’t stand to leave my projects unembellished, I just had to add a ruffle of peach satin ribbon around the neckline. My favorite ribbon to use for gathering is the double-faced satin by Ampelco Ribbon Co. – I’ve tried many brands of ribbon for double ruffling, and this one ruffles most easily and is thin enough to maneuver without it getting too stiff.
In the back you can see the raglan sleeve styling.
I loved the added effect!
This ribbon looks almost like a Queen Anne collar, but scoops into a flowery frill just below the neckline in front. I also filled in the neckline with a small piece of the embroidered tulle to use up some of that gorgeous scalloped edging.
Here are the Victorian boots & "petticoat" skirt which several people asked about after the Diana Barry costume was finished.
As far as the sewing is concerned, this top came together quite easily. I had never seen any diagonal pleats/tucks exactly like these before, but I love the feminine look and the impressive chevron effect at the side seams. One of my favorite details is the tucks at the shoulders which ended up so very elegant with the embroidered tulle – it almost reminds me of a lace bolero for a wedding ensemble.
Here's the McCalls illustration for this beautiful pattern.
I cannot imagine a more elegant blouse to wear, and you could really pair it with slacks, a skirt, or even jeans. And for those of you who asked to see the Victorian petticoat and boots that were hidden underneath the Anne of Avonlea costume – here they are!
It was freezing outside!
I won’t claim that this skirt is completely accurate for an Edwardian petticoat, but I wanted to make something that could pass for either century. Below is a close-up of the material, which reminds me very distinctly of something you would see at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
This is some of my favorite fabric ever!
A Note About the Photo Shoot
First of all, there was snow on the ground when these photos were taken, and since I was wearing sheer sleeves in the freezing temperatures, my teeth were chattering so badly that I could hardly smile! Oh well.
What a glorious setting!
Secondly, that painting on the wall is one of my absolute favorites! It has been my desktop background for the last several months, and the original oil painting entitled simply “The Ball” was painted by Victor Gabriel Gilbert. It reminds me very much of the ball which Anne Shirley attended in Kingsport, only grander! So imagine my surprise when we showed up to have the pictures taken and there on the wall was my favorite picture!
My new favorite blouse...
Hope you’ve enjoy the photos, and stay tuned for some lovely vintage dresses soon!