Vogue 8747 — A Classic White Blouse

31 Mar

Hi, friends! I hope your week is off to a good start. I have another finished sewing project for you tonight — a classic white button-front blouse. This shirt fits a definite hole in my wardrobe. While I have several white shirts, none of them would be considered the classic, wear-with-anything staple.




I have had this pattern, Vogue 8747, in my stash for a while. The current Pattern Review Fitted Blouse contest is what convinced me to pull it out and sew it up. Fortunately, my muslin didn’t reveal too many alteration challenges.




I cut the size 14 with a C bust cup and the fit was pretty close to perfect right out of the gate. I made a 3/8″ high round back adjustment and moved the shoulder seams forward 1/2″. I shortened the bodice 1/2″ above the waistline. The sleeves were a bit too wide at the wrist so I took them in about 1″ tapering up to just above the elbow. Finally, I added 1″ to each back princess seam at the hem tapering up to the waistline since my hips fell in a larger size. I meant to add the width at the side seam but got my pattern piece backwards when making the adjustment. Fortunately, it looks fine like this!




The pattern is pretty straightforward to sew up. If you have made a few shirts with button bands, collar stands, and cuffs, you won’t really need to look at the directions. And I prefer the directions in Pam Howard’s Craftsy class for shirt construction if you are looking to make a button-down.





The fabric has been in my stash for a little while — a white cotton sateen from Theory. I got it from the roll ends section of Emma One Sock (surprised?). She described it as a bottom weight fabric but I think it is perfect for a dress shirt since it is not so sheer to require an under layer. If you have ever felt a Theory dress shirt, you know how soft that cotton is. This shirt feels like a dream!




For construction, I decided I didn’t like the look of top stitching on the fabric, so I used my stitch in the ditch foot to invisibly finish the cuffs, button band, and collar stand. I also used a downloadable sleeve placket instead of the included pattern piece. There are great instructions for placket insertion on the Threads website. As with most commercial patterns, the sleeve head has too much ease so I put the excess into little gathers at the top to match the gathers on the front of the shirt.





Finally, I used my new button-hole cutter to open the button holes. What a great little gadget!





Enjoy the rest of your week. I hope to be back later this week with something tasty!



22 Responses to “Vogue 8747 — A Classic White Blouse”

  1. Barbara March 31, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    Wonderful fit !

  2. Judi April 1, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    From the title I expected an ordinary boring classic white blouse. Instead, it’s pretty and certainly not ordinary!!! I love the gathers in the front. It looks equally nice with a skirt or slacks…great pattern!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 1, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      Thank you, Judi! The pattern definitely has some interesting features to keep it from being too boring.

  3. Dr. Fun April 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Oh! I’m so green with jealousy at the perfection of your shirt! You know I tried to do Sandra Betzina’s shirt the second time she came, but the fit around the shoulders was a total fail, so I didn’t even GET to the collar, etc. I did sign up for that Craftsy class, so i’m glad that will help. I’ve been longing for the perfect button-up shirt for years now – thanks for the kick in the pants!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      This shirt doesn’t hold a candle to your AC dress! The Craftsy class is great; you should try it out. Looks like the Sandra class this year is for making a blouse…

      • Lynn April 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

        It’s killing me that I’m starting the new job right around her class – you know I’d be there in a heartbeat!

  4. ksgentry April 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    You have managed to take a classic white blouse and turn the volume up. Your fit is great and your stitching is impeccable. Great job!

  5. Annette April 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    A classic white shirt is indispensable. This looks great! I need to make one for me. I keep making button downs for my boys, but neglect myself. Also, I LOVE my button hole cutter, too.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Thank you, Annette! This is a great pattern to use for a classic shirt. Can’t wait to see yours 🙂

  6. Sarah @ Sew Drastic! April 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    I’ve had this pattern a couple of years now (if not more!) and it’s my TNT – I’ve made a least 7 versions so far – all a bit different – and I’ve played with this pattern to create a couple of different variations that aren’t featured. Your blouse looks lovely.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      Your versions look great, Sarah! Making variations is definitely a way to get more mileage from a pattern.

  7. Tracey April 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    wow such beautiful work, really amazing! AND your waist is so tiny! xxoo

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Thanks, Tracey! It must be an optical illusion and look small compared to my huge booty! :)-

  8. thetelltaletasha April 3, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    that looks great.. and so does that green skirt! it fits perfect.. is it a pattern that you made?

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

      Thank you, Tasha. The skirt is actually from Nordstrom — Halogen is the brand — and they sell them every season. A great staple!

  9. Becki Chitwood April 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Wow, what a terrific fit! you did a great job. It really works well with everything else in your wardrobe! Such great outfits.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

      Thank you, Becki! Wardrobe staples may not be as fun to sew, but we definitely need them, don’t we?

  10. kathyes April 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    I just purchased this pattern after seeing this blog post! Can’t wait to sew it up!
    Hopefully mine will turn out as perfect as yours! Beautiful work!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD April 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      Awesome! It is a good pattern to sew. I can’t wait to hear about your version!


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