We are re-learning sewing after modest experience in our youth. We opted to try to follow the instructions as written and write about how it worked for us. Some of the instructions confused us, but we expected that. Some of the choices we just didn't like and would do differently if we were making it for us.
Sleeve trim - sewing the bottom of the trim to the sleeve with a small turned-under hem would not be our choice although it may be the easiest choice with the curved hem. We thought self-facing would look a lot nicer. There are no instructions for attaching the top of the trim piece so we top stitched it to the sleeve. Depending on the fabric used, there are doubtless better ways to do that too.
They seem to stand out from the body and cant forward. We assume this is period styling. They went in easily using the pattern markings, although we had no ease (even though the pattern suggested we would). When we sewing in the lining, we sewed it right under the binding added at the shoulder.
|From the inside|
Not Surprising -
The drawing of the blouse is much longer and leaner than the actual garment.
This took us 7 hours from cutting to final press and pictures.
One adult beverage (each)
About a '4' on the profanity scale (primarily due to the $*#&$ binding).
We planned to finish this in a day but we were pleasantly surprised when we actually succeeded.