Another Paco Peralta V1527 Blouse and Giveaway Winner

Happy almost-end-of-January! I know my friends in Australia (hi Roz!) and New Zealand (hi Glenn and Maryanne!) are probably bemoaning the lessening of sunshine, but up here it’s really nice to look out the window at 5:00 PM and still have a little light. I’m getting better each day, still laboring under the handicap of double-vision, but my sewing mojo is in full swing. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you saw that I got sidelined in my quest to make Style Arc’s Janet Dress because I didn’t have any stretch lining and I couldn’t find any locally. To fill my mojo-chasm, I checked my stash, where I found a stunning pink silk crepe. I thought about what I could use/wear right away, and immediately settled on Paco Peralta’s blouse from Vogue V1527. I adore the White Version that I Made Last Year, and I didn’t need to make any further fitting adjustments to it, so I pulled it out and went at it! I won’t do a full review, just highlight some of the differences.


The last version I made of this pattern was in a rich, heavy 3-ply silk crepe. This one is also silk crepe, but it’s 1-ply so it’s considerably lighter. Because of that, I was able to use the recommended French Seams at the sides and the shoulders. They turned out beautifully. if I do say. I was asked on IG how to do French seams, so here’s a quick run-down.

SA is 3/8″

First, you sew a narrow seam with wrong sides together. In this pattern, the recommended wrong-side-to-wrong-side seam allowance is 3/8 inch.

Next, trim the seam allowance close to the stitching.

This is more time consuming when your vision is impaired

Next, crease along the stitching and press, with right sides together, then stitch a ¼” seam, encasing the trimmed seam

Pressed and stitched with right sides together

Press your seams properly, to keep The Pressinatrix happy, and voila! A lovely, couture-finish!


…and out!

And for the thing that made me most proud? Check out the intersection of the sleeve and side seams!

Can I cook, or can I?

When I do it again, I would make a slight change. Instead of 3/8 inch seams to start, I’ll use ½ inch, and trim very close, then sew the final seam a scant 1/8 inch from the edge. That will give a baby French seam, which I think will curve around the shoulder even better. This isn’t bad, but that will be nicer. But I need my binocular vision back for that.

A couple of things that I noted while making this pattern again. First, I used covered button cufflinks for the French cuffs.

I wanted a slightly bolder/larger button for this one. Also note the edge stitched side seam. That was an adventure with only one eye working!

Another factoid that may only interest me: if you cover 5/8 inch half-ball buttons, the template for the fabric cover exactly matches the diameter of a Gütermann 500M spool. It’s very easy to trace around one of those.

I love making my life easier, even with little things.

For the semi-concealed buttons under the jabot, I found some inexpensive pink ones in JoAnn. They cost next to nothing, but they match perfectly!

I love the design feature that rotates the very bottom button. Cool, Paco!

And voilà! A beautiful blouse that I’ll wear tomorrow. I’m going to pair it with jeans and chunky heels. Here’s the front and back on Shelley:

Next on the list is my Style Arc Janet Dress. Now that I have the lining I can start it this weekend. Maybe even finish it.

Winner of the Cashmerette Turner Pattern Giveaway!

On Monday I let Google’s random number generator do its work and it drew…


So LeeAnn, congratulations! I sent your pattern off today by first class mail so you should have it in the next several days. Thank you to all who entered, and of course,

Happy sewing!

15 thoughts on “Another Paco Peralta V1527 Blouse and Giveaway Winner”

  1. suzanne says:

    Lovely! I want my sewing mojo back…

  2. Allyn says:

    Wow! That is a magnificent blouse!

  3. Becca G says:

    WOW. You blow it out of the water with this blouse you are amazing

  4. Mary says:

    Sincere applause for LeeAnn – cheers!

    I love the blouse and noted its sheen. Did you pre-wash the silk or will you send it to the cleaners when it needs laundering?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      I’ll send this (and the 4-ply) to the cleaners, Mary. I pre-wash a lot of my silks, but not these ones.

  5. Michael says:

    Lovely top and thanks for the refresher on French seams. I’ve been experimenting with the serger for the first part of the French seam because it sews and trims (really trims, then sews) evenly and quickly. This is on cotton shirting, not silk crepe. Any thoughts?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      The only issue I’ve seen with using a serger is the potential for bulk in the seam, due to the three or four threads from the serger. 🤔 Tninking out loud for a moment, I think doing the first step on a serger using a chain stitch would work just fine. That wouldn’t add as much bulk as a three or four thread serger stitch. Then do the final stitching on the regular sewing machine. HTH!

  6. Rhoda K says:

    Beautiful blouse and beautifully made button holes for a lightweight fabric. Which machine did you use? Hope your vision gets better soon.

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      I used Skippy, the emergency backup Bernina for these, Rhoda. It’s a 325. My trusty Pfaff is having some problems lately and I think I need to get it to the dealer for a tune up.

  7. ccmel says:

    Very impressive, especially considering that you have been hampered by double vision. Has anyone suggested a cheap pair of reading glasses with prism to get you by until the double vision resolves? My optometrist hat on 🙂

  8. sewsy says:

    What a beautiful job. Thank you so much for the post, as I was all set to get a Burda pattern in a similar style. You’ve reminded me that I already have this pattern, so now I don’t feel bad about having gotten the Burda. And, thanks for the tutorial. Always so willing to share information. If I may ask, do you have any special techniques when it comes to cutting out slippery fabrics? I use Sandra Betzina’s method of sandwiching the fabric between the tissue pattern on top, and a similar type paper underneath.
    Glad to see that you’re steadily on the mend, Happy New Year to you and yours.

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Sewsy, I put tracing paper or some light paper underneath slippery silks, as well. I have heard that soil separator paper is also good, and it’s wider and less expensive (you can get it at Home Depot or the like). But I haven’t tried it yet.

  9. Mary Carroll says:

    Wow. Just that…wow. 🙂

  10. sewsy says:

    Oops! Edit: I don’t feel bad about not having gotten the Burda pattern. Apologies!

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:


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