Monday, December 19, 2011

Pattern Review: Floral Blouse

This pattern has been reviewed at least 50 times on Pattern Review so I'll save you a long review. It is a "Best Pattern of 2010", and for good reason!

I initially bought this fabric at Joann's for a vintage look I was going to make. I think the floral print screams vintage, in a cute way. And then I decided that vintage sewing is just not for me. Eeek... I know I'm gonna get some flak for that last statement but let me explain! I follow a lot of your vintage inspired blogs and I think you all look amazing. I love to admire all of your vintage looks and how you pull the looks together. However, I've tried the vintage thing and I've found that it just doesn't work for me. I don't think I have the creativity that others have to incorporate the vintage looks into my wardrobe. Plus I've found that the sizing is quite different and I don't have the patience to deal with the fitting issues. That being said, I've got a modest collection of vintage patterns that I will be downsizing so keep an eye out for giveaways in the new year!

So back to this project- the print fabric cost me $9.75. It's just a polyester print from the Simply Silky collection.

This top was very easy to make, I think I spent about 3-4 hours sewing it, not including cutting it out.

As far as alteration, I cut a size 18 with a 'B' cup. I found that this pattern has quite a bit of ease though. I ended up doing 1 inch seam allowances on the side and the top is still a little big for my preference. I think next time, I will cut out the 16 or maybe even the 14 and I think I will still have plenty of room to slip this on.

I finished the inside seam allowances with bias tape, a la Amanda. She always has impeccably finished garments inside and out. I think one of my New Year's resolutions will be to take more time finishing the seam allowances- it really does make a big difference!

I really like how this blouse turned out! It's a perfect top for wearing under a jacket with the ruffles spilling out the top! I can see myself making several different versions from this pattern- I could use dressy tops that are good for layering!



  1. Your top is gorgeous. Beautiful fabric.

  2. I love this pattern. So much, I've bought it and cut it out twice but something about the way the markings are for the ruffle intimidate me and I have yet to complete it. The first was a muslin that I tried an FBA on (can we say wadder) but I really hope the second one turns out. Seeing how great yours turned out made me think I just have to get over it and do it. I hope you and baby are doing well. Great to see you back.

  3. Very cute. The fit ended up great on you and the top will work in the Summer and the Winter. Good call.

    I've been admiring Joann's Simply Silky selection. They have such nice prints and the fabric feels great. Maybe I'll have to actually buy some one of these days.

  4. Pretty fabric! I've made this pattern too and it is very roomy, but sometimes that's what you want... and other times it's not! Not a hard thing to change I think though.

  5. What a great top! You did a lovely job. I'll definitely be checking out this pattern for myself. :)

  6. Your top is beautiful , I have made this twice myself but I still haven't perfected the fit. The next one I make I am hoping it will be a winner. ( I found the armholes are really high on me ..weirdly so )

  7. Very pretty top! I adore this print and style on you!

  8. I have this pattern too and boy your top looks fabulous! I love the fabric and I think it looks terrific ... must be off to make mine!

  9. Darling blouse and it looks great on you! I think I am going to get the pattern and give it a try!