|Sew Over It Anderson Blouse|
In search of a flattering style that Gillian Anderson wore frequently in the 1990's X-Files episodes, and which Robin Wright has worn a time or two on House of Cards, I was disappointed not to find anything in the Big 4. Imagine my excitement when I realized that someone else liked the blouse on Gillian Anderson so much that she drafted a pattern! Apparently, they have reappeared in the BBC series "The Fall".
My only trouble with the pattern was likely due to my ancient ink jet printer that selectively leaves out important parts of print jobs. At times it is everything within the bottom 3 inches of a page, but in this case it was important notches and lines, so there was a lot of reprinting. I would have liked to have the bust apex marked, and perhaps the waist to help with the fitting process. Perhaps my printer left those things out, also.
|"Don't show my face!"|
The narrow, delicate cuff is a nice feminine touch. I shortened the length of the cuff on the second blouse (and added another pleat to the sleeve) because my daughter's wrists are so thin. I interfaced the cuffs of both versions, out of concern for making a buttonhole in delicate silk. A lightweight fusible was used on the white blouse and silk organza cut on the bias on the red blouse. The organza version was much easier to work with and came out much nicer.
Anderson #1 was sewn in a lovely, but very thin silk charmeuse. If I had to do it again, I would order a heavier-bodied fabric, although it seems fine on a human, even without a camisole. On the dark gray dress form it is more transparent.
Anderson #2 was sewn with a gorgeous red silk crepe that I bought on ebay a few years ago, provenance unknown. It was advertised as crepe de chine, but I think it was so much more luxurious than any silk crepe de chine I've ever sewn before. Such a joy to sew with, that I didn't want the project to end. I need to find more fabric like that!
|I like the way the blouse peeks out from the suit jacket.|
I think my daughter liked these blouses, and I expect that at some point I will make more for her, as they're elegant and versatile. It's a simple pattern that can be sewn into a luxurious blouse with the right fabric. Meanwhile, my husband and I have started watching The Fall on Netflix.