This is the first time I am sewing 2 blouses out of the same pattern. It’s not because I am in love with it. Rather, I was not very happy with how the first one came out and hoping that the second one will be better. It is better but I think it is not my favorite pattern. Here is my version 1 made out of a rayon fabric in aqua green ($1.99/yard from Fabric.com).
I used snaps at first but the result was so bad that I decided to use buttons instead. Not sure why I dreaded buttons even though creating buttonhole is a piece of cake. I thought snaps will be a breeze, so wrong. Lastly, I don’t like my fabric, it was advertised as rayon but when the fabric arrived, I was horrified as it felt like plastic. Pre-wash helped soften it quite a bit. Thank god it is only $1.99/yard
Here is the second one, version 3
This version is much better. I still don’t fancy buttons at the back though. I made this out of silk cotton from Hart’s fabric. I regret cutting this gorgeous and pricey fabric for pattern that I am not so in love with. Regardless, these two blouses will be a great addition to my office outfit, I can pair them with black pants, skirts, wear them underneath cardigan or light spring jacket. I guess it is not so bad
Hmm…it really is not bad if I am twirling in it 🙂
Pattern Description: Sencha Blouse from Colette Pattern
Pattern Sizing: I cut the smallest size
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Somewhat except for the neckline. Mine came out higher than that worn by the model.
Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part it is quite clear. I am bit confused as how to place the facings with respect to the button bands and button holes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like: easy to sew and a great addition to my office wardrobe Dislike: don’t fancy the high neckline and button placement at the back.
Fabric Used: Rayon for version 1 and silk cotton for version 3
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
– sew the pleats higher than instructed to make the top looks more fitted
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Not really