Japanese Floral Roscoe Blouse

This is the Roscoe Blouse by True Bias, a '70s-inspired boho blouse with billowy sleeves and a gathered neckline. I usually try to resist immediately buying every new pattern that catches my eye, but this time, I was in serious need of some flowy blouses so I bought it pretty much as soon as it was released. 

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The fabric is a polyester crepe de chine from Blackbird fabrics. It has a lovely drape and the texture of the crepe makes it easy to work with.  Caroline from Blackbird recently commented on the quality and usability of modern polyester, urging sewists to give it another go. I couldn't agree more...I think people often think of polyester as being cheap or of poor quality, but not all polys are created equal! The Dahlia dress I made a while back is a polyester blend (also from Blackbird) and it is one of the softest fabrics ever! So that's my little public service announcement for polyester - if you've stopped using it, give it another chance!

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Constructing this blouse was really straightforward thanks to both the pattern instructions and the sewalong (I had one open on my iPad, the other on my phone, and went back and forth between the two). As suggested, I used French seams throughout - I like to do this for lightweight fabrics. The only step that was really new to me was attaching the neckties to the neckline but the sewalong post was really helpful and this came together without any issues. 

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I made a couple of minor modifications: The first was to add an inch to the length of the bodice front and back (the pattern is drafted for someone who's 5'5" and I'm 5'7"). I forgot to add length to the sleeves but think they turned out fine at this 3/4 length. The second was to take in the side seams by 2.25" on each side. When I tried on the top initially, it was far too wide and I looked like a kid playing dress-up. After taking in the side seams, it's still a loose top but I think the reduced width works better on my body type. I wasn't about to re-French seam this part though, so I finished the new side seams with a serger. 

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I think this silhouette looks great untucked with jeans, or tucked in with a pencil skirt. I wear it both to work and on weekends - it's super versatile and I love it! The pattern also comes in a tunic and dress length...those versions really up the boho vibe. I have a really fun fabric that would look amazing as View B, so I might just have to try it out! 

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Project Details:
Pattern: Roscoe Blouse by True Bias Patterns
Size: 4
Fabric: Japanese floral polyester crepe from Blackbird Fabrics