Here are photos of this fabulously-designed La Mode Illustree blouse. The body-construction is combined with that of the sleeves – with front and back center-pieces that also form shoulder-yokes.
At first glance, you might think “Aaaaaahhh!” (as in a scream of fright), but don’t be alarmed – it’s really a well-planned garment. There is quite a bit of fabric cut on the bias, so it’s a good idea to plan for that.
My photos show full-size and half-scale pattern pieces cut out with the fabric. Also, you’ll see my plan for marking the tiny pleats of the half-scale blouse (sewing through paper and both pieces of fabric – then, I’ll remove the stitching to reveal perforations for folding pleats). There’s also a closeup of the detachable collar, which conveniently buttons at center back-neck.
It’s wonderful to see such a beautifully-visualized garment. I’m excited about stitching the half-scale toile.