Thursday, January 17, 2013

Key to My Heart Alma

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 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.



  1. I just bought this pattern (literally, it came in the mail 2 days ago) and your version makes me even more eager to make it up.

  2. Looks super, great with the jeans...J

  3. You've sold me on this pattern. It will be in my cart in just a few minuites!

  4. Isn't that such a great pattern? Your blouse is cute! I have made two and I think they look really stylish and not home-made at all!

  5. This is so sweet and cute! The fabric is adorbs, you chose the right pattern for it.