It finally happened …
I actually didn’t planned it in advance, but when you score a piece of Liberty larger than expected, your sewing priorities change a bit, right?
The Liberty piece (Edenham print) is (was) almost 2 meters length and while I knew it would make a lovely blouse/dress for my girl, I was itching to sew something for myself instead.
I found a lovely blouse pattern (Diana blouse by In-house patterns) and although it took me a few days to finally buy it, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
The Diana blouse features gathers at the front yoke, a pleat at the back yoke, a stand collar, a front button placket and cuffs.
The blouse is rated as an intermediate pattern and although I din’t find it difficult to sew, it’s more labor-intensive than my usual kids clothes project – still totally doable if you take your time and don’t rush.
Being used to buy my clothes from retail stores, I was totally confused by my own measurements (shame on me). I went with my retail-shop size (6T, mainly because I prefer loose-fitting clothes), but I might need to go one size down (a size 4 could provide a better fit).
The pattern instructions are quite comprehensive – step by step instruction, very easy to follow) and you may expect a completely professional looking finished garment . For visual (novice) sewers like me, there’s even a Front Placket Tutorial.
The blouse was already worn outside the house and even got a few compliments.
Obviously, I can see there’s lot of room for improvement (fitting issues), but I wouldn’t rate this blouse as a failure). .
Obviously now, I need to find a slot for sewing myself a new version (voile or chambray, or both?), but I definitely got the “selfish sewing” bug!
Do you have a favorite women’s blouse pattern? I’m on a mission to renew my fall wardrobe and would love to hear your suggestions.
PS: Don’t worry, I’m still sewing for my girl. I’m hoping to show you some new pieces soon!