I used Vogue Pattern 8193 with the ivory silk shantung (Early Spring 2007 mailer). The fabric was beautiful and elegant so I just wanted a simple pattern to show it off. I followed the instructions to the letter except I hemmed the blouse by hand instead of top stitching to give it a dressier look.
I had to alter the bust, shoulder and hip on the pattern. I used a combination of articles from Threads and Sandra Betzina’s Fast Fit: Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure. The pattern was simple and easy to follow and the fabric was very easy to sew. Even though Vogue lists the pattern as sportswear I think that the sleeves make the blouse elegant enough to use for dressy or formal attire. I love the finished product. I prefer the 3/4 length sleeves to the long sleeves.