Which features do you avoid when looking for a garment to sew? For me, collars, gathers and buttonholes are three of them! Why, then, did I choose to make two blouses this week that feature all three?!
The first – Myosotis (Forget-me-not) from Deer and Doe – forms the May challenge for #sewmystyle2018. At first I was a little unsure about it, especially as a dress, but the idea of making a blouse appealed to me and I had 2m of beautiful Kokka cotton with a tree print that seemed perfect. I only used the instructions for a few aspects, such as the button pocket and collar and it was surprisingly quick to make. I opted for size 38, grading out to a 40 at the waist, keeping the bust darts from size 38. I then shortened the skirt by hand and turned a narrow hem. Pattern matching only happened on the front bodice, using the centre front line as a guide; the back bodice is cut at the same point in the (vertical) print repeat but isn’t matched at the side seams.
It’s not as low cut as I expected and is so comfortable on a warm Spring day! It will be perfect for holidays as it takes up so little space and is dressy enough for an evening out.
The second pattern – Honeycomb by Ana from CocoWawa- is similar but with delightful details. She has a gift for taking a classic shape and adding something different and special. I especially like the yoke, high neckline and the bows!
The instructions are excellent and ate accompanied by a detailed video tutorial. It was (I think) my second time using the burrito method to sew a yoke and worked beautifully.
The fabric I used is a textured cotton by Kokka, bought in a John Lewis sale (just like the tree print!) and set aside for a while, waiting for the right pattern to come along. I had 2m which was enough for the sleeveless blouse plus a True Bias Ogden Cami (minus facings, which I made from plain muslin) to wear underneath, as it’s quite a sheer fabric. I made size 3 but took it in by about 4cm at each side under the arms, to reduce gaping and the size of the armholes.
I wasn’t sure if this colour would suit me and rarely wear anything so pale, but am pleasantly surprised! The willow dome at the end of our garden has become my favourite place for photos and I hope you’ll agree it makes a pleasant change from the backdrop of kitchen cupboards that I’ve relied on all through the winter 🌿.
I’ve enjoyed both making both of these blouses and will probably create some more in plain colours to wear with patterned skirts. It was interesting to compare two similar patterns by making them in quick succession – just a matter of days – and I would happily recommend both of them.