So I’m back again with a new make for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network!
I chose the Juliette blouse from I AM Patterns. It’s a simple boxy blouse with cute little collar, short sleeves and a button up back. It only uses a metre of fabric so it’s the perfect make for when you’ve got that little bit of fabric leftover (or in my case, for when you want to use a more expensive fabric!).
I went with the Atelier Brunette Garance cotton lawn (I love Atelier Brunette fabrics if you hadn’t realised – their quality and prints are superb!). It’s tomato red and covered in little white flowers. I chose little white flower shaped buttons for the back which sound a bit naff but they were reminiscent of the white flowers in the print. I thought they’d either blend in perfectly or, at the very least, accent the floral print!
I made some changes to the pattern before I got started on this project. I did my usual fit alterations – grading out at the hip and a big bicep adjustment. I also lengthened it by an inch just in case. I’m always slightly wary when making clothes that hit at this length, though looking at the final garment I don’t think I needed the extra length.
I also made a rather big alteration to the collar. Not that it’s noticeable at all but I ended up redrafting the collar piece. For some reason, they use a combined collar and collar stand thing which I just didn’t understand. I didn’t quite understand the pattern instructions regarding it either…
After a while of puzzling it over (OK, not that long), I decided I’d be better off just drafting a new collar for myself!
It’s a bit lightweight for January in London but it’ll be perfect for when summer comes back!