Instead of sewing the much-needed basic blouses lacking in my girl’s wardrobe (by basic I mean a button-up blouse in a solid color such as white, off-white and blue), I keep repeating the same Liberty+Agnès blouse receipt over and over again.
I have to confess, I don’t get bored from sewing the same pattern again and again, as long as I love the result. So this seems to work for me. Obviously, my little girl also doesn’t seem very bothered with the situation (as long as she can pick the buttons, she’s kind of okay with it), which makes it easier for me to keep indulging on these …
My kids are not huge fans of wearing coats (and most of the time they really don’t need it), but somehow I need to see something in their neck – and that’s the main reason why I keep adding a collar blouse underneath these blouses. So, I needed to find a solution.
For these two versions (yes, she really needed more than one) I reduced the fullness of the bodice, front and back, by a couple of inches, skipped the smocking and added a self-drafted a peter pan collar – It was so simple, I drafted a similar piece from another blouse pattern and made the necessary adjustments. I was lucky enough to have a few modeled pictures by my girl :) She’s such a drama queen, lately! I think she’s taking her drama classes (at school) a bit too far … (yes, she’s saying “I can’t take more photos!”, but she’s not to be taken seriously). The blouse above is paired with Oliver+S Hopscotch skirt in navy corduroy, which is proven to be a great wardrobe staple – she wears it a lot because it’s comfy and doesn’t restrict her movements in the recess (nowadays she seems to lend towards casual clothes in neutral colors. Pink and lilac are no longer favorites). I love the fit of this blouse on my girl – it has a classic, timeless design, yet it looks modern and fresh (no extra details are needed). If you can’t get a Citronille pattern, just take a look at other pattern companies – there are quite a few similar patterns in the market that would look just as nice. The version above was made using my current favorite Liberty print (Betsy Ann in grey. Already used here in another colorway). Although this print doesn’t photograph well (specially with our current winter light) it’s rather sweet – the smaller floral design and the soft color scheme are simply stunning. (the collar, and the blouse, looks a bit wonky in the above picture, but I swear it’s okay in real life). The original blouse pattern has elasticated sleeves, but as my girls doesn’t really approve it, so I decided to finished it with a simple hem. Again, this blouse coordinates so well with other pieces from her wardrobe. She’s wearing it with Clever Charlotte Finch shorts in caramel corduroy (worn so many times before that I’m sure they will soon need to be replaced), but it also looks great with jeans. Finally, and just because I really should be keeping a fair record of my sewing (specially for this pattern), here’s a previous version (not yet posted) of this blouse. This was done in late October and is quite true to the original pattern (smocking and elasticated sleeves included).
Fabric for the blouse is Liberty Claire Aude, a classic tana lawn print. I’ve put this pattern aside (at least for the moment) as I’m quite sure she has enough Agnes blouses in her closet (and doesn’t need more!). So far, I have done 6 different versions of this blouse and I can’t pick a favorite!
From now on, I should really focus on basic blouses (solid colors, peter pan collar and front plackets, please)! :)
Happy sewing, xx, Ana Sofia
Because I get lots of requests about Citronille patterns, I’m adding a picture of Agnès instructions – this pattern is written in French and comes with a lovely smocks leaflet (not much info inside for the beginner, but it’s pretty to look at). Again, I find Citronille patterns lovely and timeless, which is probably why I love them. I order mine directly from France (which could be expensive if you live outside Europe) but I have also found quite a few options (like this one in English and pdf download) that could provide a similar blouse.