Years ago I picked up the book, Professional Pattern Grading….., by Jack Hanford at a book sale. I think I paid $1 for it. I did not know at the time that this book sells for a lot (!) more money, and I didn’t know it would be so useful. The vintage pattern for the Mexican Peasant Blouse is in a smaller size, and I needed to enlarge it for my daughter. I followed the instructions in the book and presto, I have the pattern in a larger size. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, but only time and sewing will tell whether it worked or not.
I always trace off the vintage pattern because I don’t want to cut it up or ruin it. I like this Vogue Pattern 1253 because it has the underarm gussets like the original peasant blouses, though this gusset has a more sophisticated shape than the simple square used in old time peasant clothes.
I have looked up currently available blouses on the internet to get ideas for the embroidery. I am not sure whether I am going to do hand embroidery or machine embroidery.
Time to go cut out the pattern pieces, because the daughter is coming over for a fitting this afternoon.