Poly, I'm sorry I blamed you for the horrible way the collar and yoke looked when I used you to make version 1 of this blouse. I said some hurtful things when I threw you in the trash. Some of the fault may have been mine. I made a mistake adding seam allowances. Here is what the directions said about seam allowances: "1.5 cm (5/8") at seams and edges, 1 cm (3/8") on horizontal edges of cut in front piece, on front bands, and on collar attachment seam, 2 cm (3/4") on hem etc, etc, etc." My mistake was adding two different seam allowances: 3/8" on the collar piece and 5/8" on the blouse front and back yoke neckline edges. So Poly, I was wrong. I still prefer natural fibers and I still will avoid sewing you, but it wasn't all your fault.
I realized my error when the collar of version 2 fit a poorly as version 1. I checked my pattern pieces and there was a 5/8" seam allowance staring at me. I trimmed away the excess seam allowance on the blouse, stay stitched and clipped the curves and the collar went on perfectly. Of course, my itty-bitty mistake on the collar doesn't absolve Polyester of the yoke, but we won't go there. Poly and I can both blame Burda Style Magazine for the poorly written instructions. Adding a little "s" to "collar attachment seam" might have made all the difference.
And now, on to the blouse ……
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The front gathers and front band were a bit of a challenge. I had to adjust the gathers to the length of the band, meet the gathered edges to the bottom of the slit, diagonally bast the gathers to the slit opening, then cover the gathers, inside and out, with the front bands. Of course, the inside and outside bands are not exactly congruent and the inside is a little funky. If I'd done more basting, it might have looked better. And if that procedure wasn't enough of a pain, the instructions were written in typical Burda pidgin English and required several readings and visualizations before they made sense to me.