Valley Blouse – #SewMyStyle


For this month’s #SewMyStyle the pattern was The Valley Blouse by Cali Faye Collections.img-alternative-textAs the pattern calls for a floaty fabric, I think my black and white Flamingos cotton poplin is perfect for this top. I got the fabric from my local fabric.img-alternative-textFrom past experience with this company’s patterns and looking at the finished garment measurements on the pattern pieces, I decided that the best size to cut a medium, although my body measurements suggest cutting a Large. I also shortened the sleeve by 5 cm.

I started by stay-stitching the necklines and the armholes within the seam allowance.img-alternative-textOnce I stitched the shoulder seams together I inserted my sleeve on the flat. Time consuming, I know, however, this technique works best for me (apart from the part where I keep stabbing myself with the pins).img-alternative-textimg-alternative-textTo gather the front and back pieces into the yoke I used a piece of parcel thread which I zig-zagged around.img-alternative-textFor the cuff, I decided to interface it, because I thought it will make it easier to make the buttonholes and I like the crisp look of an interfaced cuff. I was not wrong!img-alternative-textI then blind stitched the wrong side by hand, so there are no visible stitches on the right side of the garment. img-alternative-textWith this blouse, I decided against finishing the raw edges, because one most of the seams will be hidden in the facings or hems and two the fabric is quite light and I did not want to add bulk to it.img-alternative-textimg-alternative-textimg-alternative-textAlthough I have sized down to a medium, I still feel that the top is way to big for me. It is fun but the little keyhole detail although cute, on me it just shows off my bra, making me self-conscious every time I wear it.img-alternative-textimg-alternative-textimg-alternative-textimg-alternative-textimg-alternative-textimg-alternative-textMy preferred styling of this top includes adding a belt or tuck it into the waist of a skirt or trouser. Because of my petite frame, I feel like I am a balloon just have to emphasise my waist in order to balance the outfit.
I am not very impressed with this top either after the mixed feelings I’ve had about the skirt by the same designer I am actually thinking of skipping on the Hampshire trouser pattern due later in the year and replace it with the Flint pattern by Megan Nielsen instead.

What do you think? Should I stick with the #SewMyStyle pattern or replace it with the one I think I’ll like how it looks on me?

#SewMyStyle 2017 – links to my previous makes in the challenge: January – Toaster Sweater, February – Saunio Cardigan, March – Virginia Leggings, April – Bridgetown Dress, May – Basics.Pocket Skirt.June – Briar Top and Sweater

Advertisements

Author: Simona

I don't really like talking about myself. But, I love sewing and after reading a lot of blogs on the internet about it, I've decided to give it a go as well. I am Romanian born, but live in the UK. I am a bit selfish when it comes to sewing. I tend to make stuff more for myself. Others have to go through a lot of torture in order for me to make something. My mum did it twice. Well I only wanted to make the dresses fit her perfectly. And in the end they looked great.

2 thoughts on “Valley Blouse – #SewMyStyle”

  1. I actually like the blouse on you (though the keyhole details is a little weird…), but judging from your own feelings I think you’ve given your answer yourself: let got of this pattern company- there’s no need to sew all the patterns!

    1. Thanks Chris. I think I’ll replace the trousers with the Flint pattern. I known Megan Nielsen’s patterns fit me well and I am intrigued by the waist detail.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s