FO: 1960’s Painterly Camouflage Blouse

I hadn’t been near my sewing machine since The Girl went back to London.
It has been unseasonably sunny up here and I almost started to believe it would stay that way. But there are 40 acres of ripe barley surrounding the farmhouse, filling the air with a toast-like smell: slightly nutty and warm, a sign that harvest-time and autumn are coming fast.
Time for some longer sleeves.

This blouse is a mix-up of two Simplicity patterns from the 1960’s: 4482 and 6238.
I have used 6238 twice before, for my Raindrops on Roses shell top, and my Innocent Crush voile blouse. The dart placement is so uncannily “me” that I thought I could use the body shape of this pattern with the wonderfully “Audrey-eque” neckline of 4482 to create my perfect 1960’s pattern.

I hadn’t reckoned on the radically different cut of 4482.
You can’t really tell from the envelope drawings, but the shoulders of 4482 are much squarer and are drafted almost straight across, while 6238 has a gentle downward slope from neck to shoulder.
When I laid one pattern on top of the other, they had very little in common. Even the bust darts were in an entirely different place.
I decided to keep the shoulder shaping and back-neck darts from 6238, but drop the neckline to the level of 4482, blending the two together at the mid-shoulder point.
It almost worked!
However, I have the beginnings of a funnel-neck shape at the back and you can see from the photos that the cut emphasises my asymmetrical shoulders: one is higher than the other, and as a result this neckline slides off to one side. Sigh.

Stats:
Patterns:
Simplicity 6238 in size 12 (32) with the neckline from Simplicity 4482 (size 14).
Fabric:
1.5 metres of Edges Dash in green by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller, from Fabric RehabYes, it is quilting cotton.  Ooh – they have it in teal and terracotta now too!
Other:
One gold invisible zip  at centre back (which you can’t see – woo hoo!) and a tiny hook and eye at the very top to help control the funnel-neck issue.

Process:
Cutting the pattern out was the hardest part.  I was super-stingy in my fabric-buying and it was a real squeeze to get long sleeves and a scarf out of this yardage.  To be honest, the fabric is a bit too stiff for the scarf.  I can’t imagine me wearing it very often.
The invisible zip behaved itself:  my best effort so far!  But it is not the most comfortable thing ever to have the business side of a zip next to your skin.  Maybe it needs some sort of under-placket…?
Otherwise, nothing of interest to report about the construction.

Verdict?
I had great hopes for this project.
I thought it would turn out like Toast’s

It would look good with narrow trousers too – a pattern like the Charley Tux Pants from Named?  Though I might start straying into 1980’s-style territory if I kept the head-band!
It will be worn.  Maybe not as often as I had hoped, but it’s not a write-off.
I like the colour and the print.
I like the sleeves, which are darted at the elbows, by the way.
In summary:  it’s a wearable muslin.