Project MyWay #18–Silver Charmeuse Blouse

I did it again–we were invited to a holiday party last Saturday night and I spent all day Friday and Saturday making an outfit to wear (this blouse with the black velvet jeans in the previous post). I guess I work better under pressure, but just once I’d like to have my outfit ready and hanging in the closet while I take a leisurely bath and get ready to go. Happily my outfit did turn out great and I’m sure I’ll wear it a few times this season.

I saw a beautiful Tadashi blouse on Neiman and fiddled around with Vogue 7906 to get a similar look.


I added another pleat to the shawl collar, sewed up the center front instead of using buttons, omitted the front darts and made tie ends that I sewed into the side seams. It was an easy alteration and if you’d like pictures and detailed instructions, just say so and I’ll add them to this post.

I experimented with pleating the fullness at the center back neck until I got the look I wanted and then stitched the pleats:


My Bernina has been in the repair shop for 5 (!) weeks. After 3 weeks I was going into withdrawals and I purchased a used Pfaff for $30 from Craig’s List. It’s a nice, sturdy mechanical machine and it will be a great back-up when I get my Bernina back. Unfortunately, it’s an older model and sews a 4-step buttonhole. The buttonholes don’t turn out nearly as nice as my Bernina’s one step buttonholer. So, I’ve been avoiding buttonholes other than the odd buttonhole for a waist finish.

I didn’t want to put cuffs with buttonholes on my blouse so instead I used the sleeve from View B (flared at the bottom edge) and pleated the fullness in at the wrist. I finished the bottom with a facing.


Ta-ta for now!


  1. Thank you for posting your creative chages to this blouse pattern. I currently have this blouse pattern awaiting cutout. With your great ideas I can get another blose out of the pattern. Thanks!

  2. hi do you sell any of your pieces. your really talented I would love to buy this blouse. any chance ?


  3. Do you still have the pictures and detailed instructions on this blouse? I’d really like to have them. Very beautiful job on this blouse!

  4. wow, that was a long time ago, I don’t really remember what I did! Here is what I know:

    I took off the front pattern placket and made a center front seam, so I added 5/8″ seam allowance to the center front marking, removing the rest of the tissue. I sewed the center seam up a predetermined slit

    The pattern already has one back neckline tuck that forms the front drape and I took the same measurements of the existing tuck and made another. This means that front and back facings had to be made (I have no idea how I did this, probably after the front tucks were sewn)

    I made ties that I sewed into the side seams at the waist, the ties are shaped like a cone, tapering at the front, long enough to tie in a square knot, I narrow finished the edges

    As explained, I made tucks at the sleeve hem instead of making a cuff. I just used my wrist to measure how tight I wanted them to be and then made 2 tucks to take-up the extra fabric

    Hope this helps!

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