Love At First Sight

White Blouse Aquilo Rimondi

White Blouse Aquilo Rimondi

This Aquilano Rimondi blouse is just to die for, but the price tag, Ayyyyy!!! However I think I can knock this off for myself. I’ve been looking for something foppish and feminine but not too formal or spinster-ish to fill in the neckline of my (almost finished!) Burda jacket. This blouse would be great in white silk charmeuse with the matte side out. For a pattern the middle view of Vogue 8322 comes pretty close. It has the covered placket, smooth sleeve cap and narrow sleeves of the original and I think I can redraft the collar to bring the edges together at center front. The princess seams in the bodice differ from the original but that’s not a deal killer for me. One thing I really like are the pleats across the front, which are not pleats but more like layers of fabric; notice the top two layers hang free, the one across the bust appears to be stitched into the armsyce and the bottom two layers hang free again. The short sides of each free layer are ever-so-slightly canted inward. I also think each loop of the ascot is sewn individually. The original also has a placket on the sleeve and the neckline fastens with a two buttons on a chain (love that!)

Sublime. The more I look at it the more I love it.