I have wanted to make this summer blouse from Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing from the moment I got the book. I love this book and have made so many things from it over the last year, but this blouse had mixed reviews from the many people who made it and I hesitated.
However, I kept coming back to the picture in the book and the many fine examples on the Flickr group. I really wanted one of my own.
The criticisms centred around:
- the placket - too low
- the sleeves - too long
- the length of the top - too short
- the ncekline - too high
I traced the pattern, and then looked at the pieces and made some adjustments.
- I made the front and back 8cm longer
- I adjusted the front neckline a tiny bit - by tracing the pattern line slightly lower(about 1cm I guess)
- I lopped 12cm off the placket
The main fabric I used is an old Amy Butler one - as ever my choice for a first attempt was determined primarily by what fabric I had enough of. It is a green and purple flower print in quilting-weight cotton, and works well. A lawn or voile would be even nicer, so I am now saving up even more determinedly for some of that Anna Maria Horner fabric I have been dreaming of for what seems like so long (but in fact must only be a few weeks).
The contrast fabric is by Phillip Jacobs for Rowan. It is the geranium leaf pattern in the bravely named 'sludge' colourway. I just love this fabric - despite its off-putting name. I bought it to make a jewellery roll for my mother-in-law at Christmas, because she requested something in purple, and when it arrived I immediately wanted to make so many things with it.
Weekend Sewing is aptly named because you could very easily make this blouse in a weekend. I made it in a day, including the slow pattern tracing, and rummaging on the internet for tips on adjustments. I love how it looks - the swingy shape, the long sleeves, the simple, open neckline. I will wear it and wear it (and make a whole lot more of them).
The final adjustment I made was to hem the wrists and the bottom with the contrasting binding rather than just a plain hem. I do love that geranium fabric.