This book is a contender for my favorite Japanese book: My Favorite Shirt by Machiko Kayaki (ISBN 9784579112449). Maybe that's because shirts are so versatile.
And the French-Sleeved Blouse was begging to be made first since it happens to be summer. I love the shape of the collar, but the sleeves are particularly fun.
See the drag lines from the neck to armscye? My fitting tome, Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach, calls this anomaly "high neck base at sides", which was a very enlightening concept to me. My adjustments have made a huge improvement in how my shirts "feel" around the neck and shoulders when I'm wearing them (in other words, they don't feel restrictive anymore), but I need to do more to get rid of the lines.
I've been reviewing a lot of Japanese patterns lately, haven't I? Well, this one has the run of the mill instructions: The garment is labeled with numbers to indicate order of stitching, and a few of the steps are illustrated. A fabric layout guide is given.
I liked the collar construction method, which seems to be the same method as Sherry's Convertible Collar Tutorial.
All in all, I love the blouse, except it's looser fitting than I want. I made size 9 per my measurements, which is the smallest of the three sizes offered. So you can see the fit is intended to be relaxed. I may or may not alter this one, but if I make it again, I'll slim it up a bit.
French-Sleeved Blouse: Pattern L from My Favorite Shirt
Peach checked broadcloth from Chez Ami (a downside to this fabric is that it's a little sheer).
Next up: the Lisette Portfolio Pants I'm wearing in the photo. Skip that post if you want to avoid the horrors of the "tucked-in shirt".