My second experience with Sewaholic patterns is another success! This is the Alma blouse, pattern 1204. It is a semi-fitted blouse with neckline and sleeve variations. It has an invisible zipper. As you can see, I made the long sleeved version with the notched neckline.
The fabric is another purchase I made during a sale at GorgeousFabrics.com. It is 100% rayon challis. I just love the weight and feel of this fabric and it sews up very nicely. Click here for a better view of the print which is a itty bitty heart and key design. I spent $21 on fabric.
I stayed true to one of my New Years goals and spent extra care and time on the finishing. I did french seams to conceal the raw edge except along the zipper seam and sleeve caps. On these seams, I encased the raw edge in seam binding. It truely made a difference in the quality and feel of the finished product!
The pattern is available in sizes 0-16. I made a 12 based off of my measurements. It fit perfectly without any adjusments. I found this easy to sew but the instructions are minimal. If you are a novice, you may need a handbook or internet handy for steps such as inserting the invisible zipper.
I really like the design of this blouse. The front and back darts give it a nice feminine shape, creating curves for those who do not have them but allowing those with curves to show them off!
I wore this out the first time as you see here- with skinny jeans and flats.