Alexa @almostahippy and her perfect blouse!
The perfect blouse!
Last year I participated in #thegreatbigpatternswap and received the Bea blouse. I made one up in a cotton lawn and it has been in such regular rotation in my wardrobe since then that I had been thinking for a while that another one would be a good idea. When I spotted the new viscose that Sewcrafty shop had in store, it felt like the perfect combo.
I picked this gorgeous burnt orange colourway and I was a bit apprehensive about how bright it would be but when it arrived it was a gorgeous saturated deep orange colour and not too ‘florescent tabard’ colour which I had been a bit worried about.
I really love viscose to wear but it can be a pain to sew and it creases like crazy. However, this one is not too shifty to cut out and sew with. I overlocked everything as I’ve been caught out with viscose fraying through seams before and was not taking any chances! However, it didn’t seem like this one wanted to fray too badly.
The Bea blouse comes together really speedily and the instructions are good. On my last Bea blouse I had added about 5cm in length and it still doesn’t stay tucked in so for this version I added about another 10cm-this may have been overkill but at least now it’s not going anywhere and I can wear it over things as well.
I’m really pleased with my new top and think it’ll be such a good all year round piece as I can layer it but also wear it in summer as viscose is such a lovely cool fabric. I may have to pull out the iron every so often as it really does crease though!