I was at a particularly low point in my life when I made this blouse. I felt like everything I did was wrong, work was terrible, my husband's grandmother had just passed away, and a dear friend disappeared off the face of the earth. In an attempt to make myself feel better, I thought that perhaps if I tackled a sewing project, I might have more confidence. I already had New Look 6179 in the pattern stash, and it looked easy enough. I selected view A and grabbed this bat and spider fabric from the fabric stash.
Back to the review. I didn't read the instructions before I selected the pattern. If I had done so, I might have selected a different pattern. Though cotton is the first suggested fabric, this pattern is designed for sheer fabrics; thus, French seams are used. At that point, I made never tried to sew them, and considering how bad I felt about myself at the time, failure at this would have devastated me.
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This is a basic, loose-fitting blouse, so there aren't too many issues with fitting. There is a slit down the front that is faced that I couldn't quite get to lie flat (enlarge the last picture). The damn thing kept flipping outwards as well, so I tacked it down with some hand-stitching. The upper seam is enclosed in bias tape (I made my own from the fabric), and I threaded the ribbon through that.
Even after all my whining about the blouse, it wasn't too bad. Once I got over my fear of French seams and my general malaise with life, this blouse came together rather swiftly. Someone not wallowing in the depths of depression could do this blouse with beginner skills.
As for this other shirt, I think I got it from Target in their Halloween clearance. It features an intentionally distressed bronze heart with bats fluttering away from it.
I just happened to wear this on a day when I was getting some bloodwork done. The phlebotomist was surly to me from the moment she walked into the room, even though I was entirely polite and respectful to her. After she drew the blood, she explained her rudeness was due to her being afraid of bats flying into her hair. Apparently the cartoony bats from my shirt were going to come to life and attack her? Bizarre.
UPDATE: Here is a close-up of the bat and spider fabric.