I want to talk about the pattern a little--or rather, about the pattern company. This is a Papavero pattern. Probably no one has heard of Papavero, unless I have readers in Poland; then maybe. Papavero is a Polish sewing site that is, from what I can tell, similar to Burda or maybe Pattern Review (although I'm not really that familiar with either of those, either, so maybe not). There are forums, blogs and photo galleries, articles, and an active community, in addition to the patterns. All of which are free. Yes. All.
Of course, that free comes with a price. (Not monetary, but--) Obviously, everything is in Polish. There's a button on the main (and most) pages to translate all the content into English (or any of a number of other languages) but it's just a machine translation from Google, and I think we're all aware that Google Translate, uh, has its limitations. Like this blouse. (Go on, translate it to English. I'm pretty sure "shirt for tall cupcakes" is not the name they intended.) Note that each time you go to a new page, it will appear in Polish first for a few seconds, then (depending on how fast your internet connection is, I'd guess) translate back to the selected language. Just give it some time.
And, if the website is in Polish, it follows that the directions for the patterns would be, too. (Actually, I was surprised to find several English words on the pattern. I can't remember what, though, now.) Except there are no instructions. (Unless I entirely missed them, which impossible.) Not really a problem, though, as I don't always use pattern instructions, and even if I did, well, instructions in a language I can't understand would do me no good, anyway. There is a cutting layout, yardage requirement, and they do tell you how many to cut of each piece, but as far as how to put them together--you're on your own.
For this pattern, which was pretty basic, that wasn't too much of a problem. But for patterns with more detail (and a lot of their patterns do seem to have some very unusual details) I can see where issues might arise.
That's why, with this blouse, I did actually make a full muslin. Three reasons, in fact: 1) I'd never worked with a Papavero pattern before and had no idea how accurate the sizing might be, 2) Re the absence of instructions, in case I did need them, well I wanted to work out any possible assembly quirks before I got to the nice fabric, and 3) I knew I'd have to lengthen the bodice, and with the rather oddly-shaped pattern piece, I wasn't exactly sure how to do that (what if I accidentally made it wider instead of longer?).
As it turned out, my muslin was actually too long. (It was also much too big in the bust and front waist, which should have told me not to bother making up the final version, but somehow I was able to delude myself into thinking that the lengthwise adjustments, and maybe also tacking the two pieces together where they crossed, would fix that.) I will concede that it's possible that, because of the aforementioned oddly-shaped pattern piece, I inadvertently lengthened the bodice even more than the two inches I intended, but I'm about 99% sure that this happened because the blouse was designed for someone more buxom than me. (Proof: the back bodice wasn't too long at all. Although to be fair, the back pattern piece was also a normal shape.)
|(Cos yeah. It gets real gappy sometimes.)|
this pattern--translated into English, it's called Envelope for the Summer. There are multiple sizes, for 30-48" busts.