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.
Remember that my giveaway for Japanese sewing book, Styling Dress Book – Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops is going on up until Wednesday June 12th! Be sure to leave a comment on that giveaway post to be in with a chance to win!
AboutHello and welcome to Mabel Makes!
I'm Stephanie and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I love sewing, knitting and generally being creative. I'm on a mission to create my own handmade wardrobe. I will be sharing my projects and inspirations so stick around for handmade fashion, DIY and tutorials.