This is another pattern from Manequim; not from a printed magazine issue but from a free PDF library made available in 2013. I downloaded all the patterns at the time and forgot about it. When I decided to organise + back up my digital sewing patterns I stumbled on a folder full of Mannequim patterns. Yeah!
I’m a huge fan of interesting seaming and the underarm gusset of this pattern really catches my imagination. It’s super couture and awesome.
Like the previous pattern I made from this “brand’, this blouse only comes in one size without seam allowance; and again this was size 42. For your reference on their patterns i’m size 38-40. Nothing like a quick run/ sew to see what alterations needed.
For my test version, in Portuguese we call it “PEÇA PILOTO”, I used a thick ponte roma knit. Really heavy and structured. I sewn size 42 as is without adding seam allowance and sewing a 5/8 seam (1,5 cm).
As you can see on the actress and on me the princess seams don’t really go over the apex like they should.
I’m unsure if this is a design feature or fitting on the wrong place or a bit of both. What do you think?The bust fit is definitely not perfect.
After sewing this blouse I have an impression the pattern size is petite. There are a few design changes+fitting improvements to be made on this pattern for future versions. Overall I really love how fits on the shoulder, the sleeves and neckline. I will wear my Simone blouse happily. I’m calling it Simone because it is the name of the actress wearing it.I skipped the zipper and modified the peplum which I still want to improve upon the fit and length. After posting a snapshot preview with details of this finished blouse on Instagram so many readers said they couldn’t get the pattern free anymore. Unfortunately looks like when the “mother site’ that encompasses all the magazines from that publisher went for a style makeover; they haven’t bothered to update the patterns files. You will find the page; but once you press “download” it will redirect you to an error message. Such a bummer.
I contacted the publisher to report the bug and ask If they will fix the website. I got zero response. Zeroooooooo. There are over 1.000 messages on the magazine Fb page on the subject. I have been asked to share the file over the blog so anyone could make it this blouse if they wanted. I think, and correct me if I’m wrong, that legally and morally It would be ok to share this free pattern as long as I give Manequim full design credit. It would be ideal if they fix their original download page or even provide an explanation for why the old free patterns won’t be available anymore. I will ask for permission to post and feedback to you. Would a step-by-step picture on how to sew be useful in case the pattern can be made downloadable?
The instructions are text based only and in Portuguese.