This is a picture heavy post.
I made another Bellini blouse, this time in silk crepe which I got in the remnant bin at Britex. It was a good 2 yards as well, so I have enough for a sleeveless top or accents on another top or something similar!
As mentioned last time, the pattern needed some changes. I was too lazy to retape the pattern together, so instead I modified the existing one: I extended the bust circumference by about 1 inch, and increased a bit more at the hips. I did this by keeping the shoulders the same and cutting and extending into the armhole. Then, I remade the armhole curve. It worked ok, especially in the back. I should have made the armhole deeper in the front though.
I'm standing crooked in this picture, but the back flows nicely I think. As before, no swayback necessary. Side view and another front view below. I'm not sure about the drag lines - whether they're because of how I'm standing or not. Now, I'm not the thinnest person around, but I think part of the drag lines also come from the belt I am wearing. I'm always wear jeans with a belt, and it seems like I need to account for that in my makes from now on.
Construction wise, I used french seams everywhere, and this time I overcast the edges of the front facing, since I didn't want the blouse to ravel at all.
I made bias binding as before, and I also used it to finish the hem, since I wanted something easy - no one will know anyway, and it's not more bulky in this fabric. Also, otherwise I would have been left with a perfectly usable length of bias binding :)
The only embellishment I made was to add 3 buttons on top instead of following the placement.
I saw this in a pretty shirt one of my friends has, and thought I'd replicate. In hindsight, they could have been closer together, but it's always hard to tell with buttons.
Unlike before, making the collar was a lot easier - I knew what to expect, so that was part of it. Come to think of it, making it was very easy overall - no issues with slipping silk or anything.
I wore it a few times already!