[This pattern was gifted. All views are my honest opinions]
Fabric used: Old cotton tablecloth. Recommended fabrics are light cotton, linen and chambray.
How is the sizing? It’s fairly relaxed with around 8cm ease at the bust. Make sure you look at the finished garment measurements to pick the size that will work for you. The pattern comes in sizes 32 – 58 (EU) 0 – 26 (US) 4 – 30 (UK)
How clear are the instructions? Pretty clear and better than Burda magazine. Sorry Burda.
Is it worth buying? The front is pretty but I’ve seen similar blouses before. However, as soon as I saw the back I had to have it. I would have bought it, especially since the price is only €7.50. You know I’m stingy and I want cheap patterns 🙂
If you look at the sample above, it looks fairly fitted. However, if you cut the size based on your body measurements I think it would be quite loose. So watch out for that and think how much ease you want (my blouse has 5cm in bust area). There are bust darts to give it some shaping.
My fabric choice was an old stained tablecloth. I knew the frills and some embroidery would save it from the landfill. The off-cuts went into kids’ poufs I made earlier this year so it’s a 0 waste project, yay!
The front of the blouse is pretty straight forward. The back is more labour intensive.
You can see from my pictures below that there is quite a bit going on at the back. You have the flounce, the ties and elastic to insert. Is it difficult? No, just a bit fiddly. Each step is clearly explained and illustrated. The pattern is classified as “intermediate” but I would recommend it to any adventurous beginner.
I only ever sew patterns that I love the look of and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. I quite fancy making this again, probably with sleeves. I’m thinking blue chambray with red poppies embroidery. I recommend this pattern to sewists of all levels.
PS: My friend Sarah (@sewsarahsmith) has a great blog post on FibreMood patterns in general, I can recommend a read here.