The Afternoon Blouse

My newest handmade addition to my fall wardrobe is The Afternoon Blouse I made using a pale pink linen blend fabric. Leonardo da Vinci’s quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” brilliantly describes this pattern by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. It is a very simple pattern but the unique neckline option takes this blouse to a whole different level.

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The Pattern and Instructions – This pattern gives two options: a blouse version with two neckline variations and the dress version with two variations (and yes, the dress version has pockets!). I’m a sucker for patterns that have as few pattern pieces as possible especially PDF patterns so this definitely gets into my good books. It is great for sewers of all levels and such a great addition to the closet. The instructions and illustrations were very easy to follow. The instructions also state the corresponding pages of each view, allowing you to print only the view you plan to make. I think this is genius!

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The Fit and Construction – The fit of the blouse was spot on due to the kimono sleeve feature which tends to fit most people. The afternoon blouse simply did not need any changes to be made. I under-stitched the neckline instead of topstitching it. That was the only change I made and was simply personal preference. I cut based on the size chart in the instructions and it fit great which was a pleasant surprise. For most patterns, I have to make some adjustments but this pattern was an exception.

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The choice of fabric can change the look of the blouse. Medium weight fabrics such as my linen choice gives it a crisper look. If I had chosen a light weight fabric such as rayon, I feel it would have had more drape and given it a softer look. It is a great blouse whether worn tucked in or not. Overall, I feel that the blouse gives a clean and simple finish to any outfit.

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Additional Highlights and tips: I love multi-sized patterns. This pattern ranges from 6 to 24 with both imperial and metric measurements! What else can I ask for? I have one tip… Iron after each step. It makes all the difference. If you have made the Afternoon blouse or dress or plan to do so, I would love to hear about it. 🙂

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Peek-a-Boo Top

Hello!

I thought it would be appropriate to make a cold shoulder, peek-a-boo top as we continue to celebrate the month of love! I made this top using McCalls 7510 and loved it so much I made one for my mum as well. I have decided to write a review for anyone interested in this pattern.

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PATTERN REVIEW – M7510

Pattern Description: 
Tops fitted through the bust, cold shoulder details, back hook & eye closure, with sleeve and hem variations.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I was pleased that it looked exactly like the photo. I made View A.

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Were the instructions easy to follow?
I was surprised and loved how easy this pattern was considering the cold shoulder detail. I had never tried it but I’m glad I did. Don’t be intimidated beginner sewers.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the sleeve variations and the cold shoulder detail. I didn’t think the lining was necessary (in my opinion) so I skipped it. I wanted my top slightly flowy and thought lining would give it more structure. I also think this is such a basic top why bother with lining?

Fabric Used:
100% Rayon

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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I skipped the lining all together and also made a button and loop instead of a hook and eye closure.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’ve made two tops already and I’m working on hacking the pattern to make a shift dress for my mum.

Conclusion: 
This is great for beginners who want to sew something simple yet trendy. It’s a great wardrobe addition for all levels of sewers. I highly recommend this pattern!

Below is the one I made for my mama.

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Jumpsuit Premier

Happy New Year everybody!

Starting this new year with my most favorite pattern of last year. This time I made the jumpsuit version and was not disappointed at all. It was easy and came out great!

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This is my first jumpsuit ever (yes, ever!). It’s so comfortable and stylish, has a great neckline and I love how the ties emphasize my waist.

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If you’d like to see my dress version of this Mitchell pattern, you can read about it here. I’m also sporting my new Colette sewing pin. Can you spot it on my outfit?

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Here’s the back view. Have a great day!

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Fall is Coming! (McCall’s 6842)

Summer is almost over 😦 but that also means fall is almost here! 🙂

To welcome this beautiful season, I have started working on a few transitional pieces. This simple skirt is the first on the list! I love the way it turned out and will definitely be making a few more.

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McCall’s 6842 Pattern Review

Pattern Description:
Skirt with contour waist, yoke variation, back zipper, and narrow hem

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, exactly like it!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy. One of the easiest patterns I have ever used.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes!

Conclusion: 
I think this is the ultimate beginner pattern. The instructions are easy to follow and it is a pretty quick project as well. Love it!

Sylvia

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