I'm on autoship for Cutting Line Design patterns, but my pattern must have done the round the country route to get to me here in Asheville, NC from Winter Park FL. It finally arrived Saturday, but in anticipation, I had my fabric for my first "wearable muslin" already prepped and ready to go. Having already seen the finished measurements, and comparing them to other similar blouses and vests with the wearing and design ease I like, I went to town. I read the instructions twice and there are many unique techniques for both views. I always do the prep work as a unit for all pieces, clipping, marking, template pressing, interfacing and serging the edges if called for. Note that the hem width on the front and the back pieces is different and the collar construction is so unique that I've not seen it done anywhere else.
For this blouse with the front tucks (hence the name "Pinch") I used a menswear pinstripe, cotton/lycra shirting made for Tom Ford that I bought from Michael's Fabrics in Baltimore. You can never go wrong using high quality fabric, and I don't waste my time on anything else. The quality of the finished garment is comparable with high end ready-to-wear shirts and blouses by the houses of Anne Fontaine and PLANET. They are timeless and elegant, like this style. I've been fortunate to buy a few Anne Fontaine (AF) blouses on sale or at consignment shops, and included some photos of one for comparison on the Flickr album. The collar on the AF blouse I put some photos on Flickr to compare is similar in what you will achieve using Louise Cutting and Sandra Miller's detailed instructions.
On to the vest. I used a unique Japanese cotton. I bought this one because of all the great colors that are not only "my colors" but go with many other things I own and have sewn. The collars and fronts of the two garments are interchangeable, so I may use the vest collar on the next blouse/shirt I make. I veered from the collar instructions and catch-stitched the double collar in the center to hold it, but not squash the beauty of the double collar. The ponte knit top shown under the vest is the Odette top from The Sewing Workshop pattern. You can see several variations of that top/pattern in my Odette Flickr album.
Not only do I enjoy the journey of creating these great pieces, I take great pride in wearing them. Enjoy yours and the many photos of these on the "Just A Pinch" Flickr Album.