I’m not sure how’s the weather outside your window, but from where I’m standing is looks like Spring is a bit late ..
Obviously I’m not complaining (despite the 2, soon to be 3, weeks of never-stop raining …), as I know the changing of the seasons can be unpredictable 😦
Still, and as far as sewing is concern, the real issue right now, is should I still sew for winter? Or do I start sewing for the warmer weather?
There’s the reason why long sleeve blouses are always on top of my choices when sewing for my girl. A long sleeve blouse can easily be worn all-year and it’s a must-have piece in my girl’s close.
Usually, I prefer loose-fitting designs that could be made in woven fabrics – the type of fabric will vary in accordance with the season.
I have several blouse patterns in my collection but there are a few that I still have to tackle. The Ainlsey blouse (and skirt) from Children’s Corner was one of those patterns.
I purchased it (together with several others from a shopping sale) but I just kept pushing it to the bottom of my list. For no special reason. Just because.
Nevertheless, a few months ago I got this fabric online (sorry, it’s no longer available) and I immediately though about CC Ainsley. These two were just meant to be …
Unfortunately, the combination of a very color saturated print (blue and green) and the current (not-typical) gray/rainy weather and my (typical), made me postpone this post for too long. This blouse was terribly difficult to capture …
Even when my little model was willing to cooperate, this blouse was not intended to be photographed (the colors/print look too muted and blurry) …
This blouse features a square neckline (which I love) but can be easily worn over winter. I just add a collar tee-shirt underneath (as pictured above).
The blouse is gathered in the front and back and includes a narrow topstitched waistband – which I skipped for a more casual/modern look. The back closes with buttons.
The long sleeve has a slit at wrist and is slightly gathered onto a small sleeve band that buttons (the pattern also includes a short sleeve option with a tiny ruffle). I really love this detail as it gives it such a professional look (and yes, it’s easy to sew).
Although this blouse has been in heavy rotation all winter, I can still envision it being worn now that the weather is starting to warm up (at least, I’m hoping it will).
We took advantage of a bit of sunshine a few weeks ago, to get a few action pictures – outside 🙂
I’m partial on children’s Corner patterns as I do love their timeless, simple designs and the way they fit my girl, but I would recommend this pattern to the confident seamstress (or maybe a beginner willing to take a challenge).
Plus, the Ainsley pattern also includes an A-line skirt, which I still haven’t tried. It’s already on my list and I’ll keep you posted when I sew it. I love the versions I saw so far and I’m sure it will also be a great addition to her spring wardrobe.
I made a size 7 for my (tall) girl and probably could have added a few inches to the length. Nonetheless, the blouse was made in September, so that could explain why it’s already running a tad bit short on the sleeves.
Not that my girl really cares about it.
As far as she’s concern this is a perfect blouse for twirling and jumping.
I know that the following picture is blurry than the ones above, but it’s her favorite and she asked me to included it in the post.
As this was such a difficult blouse to capture (not the pattern fault, which is delightful), I decided “why not”?
As I was revising this post (and adding the pattern link) I realize that Children’s Corner Store is currently having a CC sewing pattern sale until Saturday (April 18-23). Off to take a look …
Pattern: Ainsley Blouse from Children’s Corner | Paper pattern (unnnested on tissue. i.e. there’s a pattern piece for every size. No need to trace off.)
Size made: size 7, minus the waistband (pattern ranges from 2-5 years and 6-10 years)
Difficulty: Confident Beginner (based on my opinion)
Fabrics used: Soft cotton
xo Ana Sofia