I have another finished project for you today. I finished my Colette Patterns Jasmine Blouse around the same time as my Darling Ranges dress so it’s been waiting a while to be photographed and blogged! I am really happy with how this blouse turned out. It may be my new favourite handmade item in my wardrobe. I love how versatile it is. I can wear this to work, drinks with friends or going shopping.


I bought the fabric from The Cloth Shop in Dublin city centre, just off Grafton street a few weeks ago. They still have more left if any of you are in the area. It’s a lovely floral dotted swiss and is light and airy – perfect for this time of year!  It was lovely to work with. They also have another lovely blue rose dotted swiss in there with a larger print. I think I’ll pick up some of that for a summer dress. Perhaps Sewaholic’s Cambie dress would be a good match and it is on my sewing list!


The pattern was very easy to follow and I finished in no time! Once I had the pieces cut out I think the whole thing only took a couple of hours. The bodice pieces are cut on the bias which means the blouse has a lovely drape. I made my usual adjustments of moving the bust dart down about an inch and lengthening the main blouse pieces. I serged all my seams for a neat and durable finish since I plan on throwing this in the washing machine.


One thing I will do next time is make the sleeve pieces a little wider at the cuffs. I find them a little snug, although they have loosened out a bit with wear. The most annoying part of it is that it means the blouse is a little hard to take off but it’s nothing major. Besides, it’s so nice I’m happy to stay in it since I love it so much! I didn’t think I had particularly large arms but perhaps I do!?


The little bowtie neckline is really cute and feminine. I received a lot of compliments wearing this blouse and requests from people wanting their own version! Besides the slight sleeve problem it’s very comfortable and I’ve been wearing it a lot since finishing. I think part of the reason why I like this blouse so much is that it fits really well. Since I’m tall, it’s hard to find things that sit right on me. It’s great to know that bust darts will finish at the right place and that things will be long enough for me simply by taking the time to get a good fit.


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  • Thimble & Cork

    Oohh I love it!!! You picked beautiful fabric for this pattern – I love the flowers and the textures with the little dots on it. It does fit you perfectly. It’s great that you know exactly what adjustments to make to patterns so they will fit you. Lovely top! And…off topic but I REALLY love your rings! Especially the one on the left (er, I guess right hand…left side of pic) it looks so interesting!

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks Kacie! I’m really delighted with how it turned out. It’s exactly how I imagined :)
      The ring is by Bjorn Weckstrom (http://www.bjornweckstrom.com/) for Lapponia (www.lapponia.com) They’re Finnish and various shops in Europe have their stuff. I’ve seen it in online shops and on ebay before too. My ring is actually vintage. It’s from his first collection and was a birthday present. I’m a very lucky girl!
      I also have some of his silver jewellery that I received as a graduation gift. It’s really well made and beautiful stuff. And as you say, they’re interesting pieces that you don’t see every day

  • Katy

    Beautiful top, the fabric is perfectly matched to the top :) the fit is perfect, I’m not surprised everyone wants one 😉

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks Katy! I’m so happy with it. I wish I had enough time to make it for the people that want one. It’s just feel so good on because it’s well designed and just hangs nicely

  • http://caughtonawhim.com/ Erica

    Holy moly!! I love this. The fabric is stunning. A real eye catcher. I wasn’t a big fan of the Jasmine pattern before, but now your version makes me want to make one. It is beautiful.

    Also, I love how you have a sewing list. I’ve been pinning things to pinterest, but I think a list would make it much easier to see the projects I want to work on. Right now, I’m nearly finished with my Colette Laurel Dress. I put in the zipper yesterday. That was a first for me. :)

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks Erica! Like you I wasn’t entirely sold on the pattern at first. I thought it was cute but maybe not my style. It just drapes nicely and is well designed so I feel really good in it. I’ll definitely be making more!
      Also, I find that having a list helps me because I’m very goal orientated. I sometimes pick random things that catch my eye that aren’t on the list but I like to have the plan to go back to :) Looking forward to seeing your Laurel dress! Well done on the zipper. I know the first time putting one in can be a bit daunting!

  • tubarhumba

    I left a message on the Colette pool but I wanted to emphasize how perfect this Jasmine is. The fabric is so gorgeous and I just visited the shop in Dublin and I’m so tempted (even though I’m in the US and the exchange rate is awful). Such beautiful fabric!!!!

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks so much! All the fabric in The Cloth Shop is beautiful but it is a bit pricey. I tend to buy stuff there for special projects but whenever I go there I end up buying more than I’d intended!

  • Barbara

    This is a beautiful blouse! I made a Jasmine for one of my daughters recently and she too found the cuffs to be too tight, and she is not the Incredible Hulk either!

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks Barbara! I don’t know why the sleeves were so tight. Perhaps Sarai from Colette Patterns has particularly teeny arms :) I can only assume she designs for herself

  • http://bennomusik.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    This is beautiful! The fabric is just perfect.

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks so much Kelly :) I’m so happy with how it turned out

  • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

    Thank Kristin! I’m so happy with how it turned out. I wasn’t completely sure when I saw the pattern first but I think I’ll definitely be making more after this one turned out so well :)

  • http://gjeometry.com/ Gjeometry

    Wow, this is one of the lovliest version of the Jasmine blouse that I’ve seen! The fabric has such a lovely drape, it really suits the pattern well.

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks! I’m delighted with it. The fabric is beautiful but was a bit pricey. I guess you get what you pay for!

  • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com/ Ginger

    This is so sweet! I love it! You look gorgeous!

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks darling, I love it too!

  • thequirkypeach

    This top is so pretty! I’m sure it feels as soft and floaty as it looks – bravo!

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks Sally, I’m really happy with the fabric combination with this pattern :)

  • sewamysew

    I haven’t made mine up yet, this fabric is perfect for it and for you. Is this a straight version 1?

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Yep straight version 1. I think I’ll make version 2 at some point too but for this print I thought the same fabric throughout would look better. I’ll probably do a colour block version 2 :)

  • stephanie u.

    Gorgeous! I love that pattern. It’s so feminine and flattering.

    That’s what I love about sewing too – I know I’ll get a good fit! I’m sick of trying on RTW with crazy bust darts.

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks! It’s so great to be able to get the right fit isn’t it! The fit models they use are clearly a very different shape to me

  • http://craftsanctuary.com/ Craft Sanctuary

    This is so pretty! You picked the perfect fabric. It looks so lightweight and comfortable. I got this pattern a little while ago, but have yet to make it up. I also have the arm problem with colette patterns. I usually cut the arm holes a size larger than the rest of the sleeve/garment.

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks! I’m glad someone else has problems with the arms of Colette Patterns as well. I thought I was turning into popeye or something!

      • Tamsinwp

        Hi, this is lovely! I made this top last year and had the same problem with the cuffs – so much so that I haven’t actually worn it again this year. Just need to redo do them….

  • http://makingitwell.blogspot.com/ Jo

    Pretty pretty fabric and lovely pattern! You’ve done a superb job on this. I need one, haha :)

  • http://where-is-my.blogspot.com/ Jessica Cooper

    Your blouse looks lovely! The fabric is beautiful and so perfect! You make me think I need one of these next, even though my sewing to-do list is miles long. :-)

  • Nette Nette

    I love this jasmine on you! You definitely chose the perfect fabric. You really made me reconsider this pattern. :-)

  • caz

    I have been considering making this blouse. It was good to find your positive comments and note of moving bust shaping and lengthening as this is something I will need to do. I will now give it a go. Btw it looks lovely on you, I hope you had lots if wear from it and have perhaps made more.

  • Monserratt Lopez

    Hi Mabel,
    I love your Jasmine, would it be possible to take a couple of pictures to use them as inspiration in my blog?
    I would love to show the others your Jasmine!
    Please let me know.

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