... I made the pattern exactly as it was meant to be other than lengthening it by an inch. I love it but, if I'm honest, it's just a smidge tight over the bust.
For my second version ...
... I had added a FBA to the pattern - full bust adjustment.
Now, whilst the blouse fits me and I love it, it's not perfect. It has way too much fabric between the sleeves and the neckline which makes it bunch up when I'm wearing it. Also, the bust dart (second attempt) didn't end up where it should - it's a bit low and not quite pointing in the correct direction. (The first dart I drew in was going to end up in the sleeve so at least it's better than that!)
Here's the pattern piece for the front after doing the FBA (twice) and adding bits in here to adjust for the dart being there. It's almost hardly surprising it didn't quite work out right! LOL
So, yesterday, I decided to go back to the original pattern, add in the 1" on the length as before but this time I'd drop the armhole by 1" and then grade it out down the side seams by ½" as if I was doing the next size up.
I should say here that the size 20 on the pattern - my size - says it's to fit a 114cm bust - my size exactly. It also says the blouse is "loose" so I thought - as you would - it'll be fine. Well, I measured the first version across the bust and it has a finished measurement of 116cm. I'm sorry, but 2cm ease isn't "loose" in my book. Anyway, no matter, because number 3 has worked beautifully. I'm really happy with it and it fits beautifully. Yay!!
Here's my attempt to take a photo of myself in the mirror in the sewing room. Believe me, this was the best of a bad bunch! LOL
Here's another attempt at the bottom of the stairs - not much better.
And here's the "I wonder if this one will show the button and fabric nicely?" close up.
I love all 3 versions of the Afternoon blouse and will wear them all. I have no doubt I'll make it again - probably soon! I'm a great believer in using a pattern as many times as you can to get your money's worth out of it! :oD