Pattern: Hey June Handmade Phoenix Blouse
Fabric: Island Breeze Gauze in Olive from Fabric.com This is not a very high quality fabric, but I tend to view my handmades as precious and I think I'll wear this more freely since it didn't cost a fortune to make.
Size: 6 based on bust measurements
Fit: I need your help on this! I have very little experience wearing loose/blousy clothes. My first instinct was to take in the bodice and under the arms, but I decided to leave it be. What do you think? Is it hanging properly, or should I have sized down?
Changes: As soon as I saw this pattern, I could see it as a dress. For this hack, I extended the full-length version by about 4 inches, widening the hem about 1 inch on the sides of each pattern piece (for a total of 4 inches around). The tier/frill on the bottom is two long rectangles stitched together at both short ends. Rough measurements: 8 inches wide x hem circumference + 50% for gathering. The rest of the dress was sewn up exactly as instructed for the blouse.
Verdict: There's a reason why Adriana has a reputation for great patterns with detailed instructions and my first experience was great. She puts out a quality product at an incredibly reasonable price. The trickiest part for me was sewing the front yoke with split neckline and only one of my corners is sharp and smooth. This is mostly because I am very lazy when it comes to transferring pattern markings. Next time I will use tailors tacks to achieve nice sharp corners. I'm not tripping too hard on that though, because I am so happy with the end result. I'm really starting to embrace this laid back hippie vibe and look forward to wearing my Phoenix on many sunburn-free summer days to come.