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The Rozan Blouse // Fibre Mood

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The latest Fibre Mood issue has just launched today! (This is one of my favourite sewing magazines so I’m always excited to get it!).

Issue 13 is yet again full of gorgeous patterns. I have to say, I’m very rarely disappointed with what they come with!

I’ve been a long time subscriber but I was also lucky enough to be gifted one of the patterns ahead of the release day for their Link Party! From what I can tell the Link Party is Fibre Mood’s way of getting lots of different versions of their patterns made which is a great way of seeing how they can be used, styled and fitted. (I normally don’t participate in the Link Party as I know I’ll be getting all of them with the magazine but I really liked the patterns in this one!)

For the Link Party, I chose the Rozan blouse pattern. This button front blouse has interesting design lines and, of course, a ton of ruffles!

The pdf version of the pattern that I used comes layered in A4 and A0 and with seam allowances included which does make it easier to use than the magazine’s pattern. These are all overlapped on several large sheets which means they need to be traced and have the seam allowances added. I don’t personally have a problem doing this but I know lots of people would prefer to stick pdf pages together than trace!

I cut a size M with no alterations – I figured it was loose enough that the fit shouldn’t be an issue – and used a beautifully drapey deadstock cupro from the Pigeon Wishes range at Sew Me Sunshine. I loved the monochrome grid print of the fabric!

It’s a simple make – though you do need to be careful with so many cut lines on the diagonal. I made sure to sew nice and slowly so that I didn’t stretch anything out! (Alternatively you could follow the instructions and stay stitch all the pieces which I’m always too lazy to do!). The neck facing is finished before the gathered section is added which then allows the top to be neatly finished with the button band on the front. I sewed the sleeves in flat instead of setting them in which I always find much faster and there’s little difference if any in the finished garment.

(These photos were taken when there was still snow in the ground and an icy wind going on! It was a very cold day!)

Looking at the fit of it, I probably could have made a size bigger then done a narrow shoulder adjustment. The grid lines just seem to show off where it might be pulling over the bust! I might also go back and shorten the sleeves a little too as the ruffle feels a little long on me!

It’s a lovely top with a great swishy feel to it. It’s perfect for a big meal as well! Or for anyone who wants a little tummy coverage!

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