Weekend Getaway Blouse

I totally forgot that I had this Weekend Getaway Blouse & Dress pattern until I had an email  asking me if I’d like to write a review. Well, I’d better make the blouse first!

I duly printed out the pieces and then wondered if my printer had experienced a little hiccup. The numbers were strange and the pattern is put together quite differently from other PDFs that I’ve used. I worked out that numbers and letters formed a little square, but there seemed to be numbers missing.

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I did appreciate the gridlines which made assembly much easier, but I spent some time puzzling over the layout. In the end I looked at the instructions and could see that the missing numbers had their own sheets of paper, which I had put aside without noticing, and that I only had to assemble 1, 5, 6 and 7, and then do a manoeuvre to make everything line up. This photo shows a piece of pattern sitting on its own – I had to cut it off and join it to a very different part of the pattern.

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I think this is a bit odd and wondered if others had the same issue. Nope, appears I’m the only dope here! I must say that once I had worked this out, the pattern came together easily so it shouldn’t put anyone off.

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The pattern itself is simple to sew, and the instructions are pretty clear though so follow them carefully and you won’t have any issues. The blouse has a little pleat in the back, which is a nice detail and which gives room without making the neckline and shoulders too wide.

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I chose a beautiful cotton poplin from Potters Textiles. It has a lovely silky sheen to it, but it’s printed on the diagonal – which of course didn’t hit my frontal lobe until I got it home. Every pattern I wanted to use this fabric for had the dreaded “not suitable for diagonals” in the instructions. The Weekend Getaway Blouse had no such instruction, so I went for it, but really, it’s unsuitable for diagonals. However, I feel as though I got away with it.

I really must concentrate when I take the photos – I have a whole pile with chipmunk cheeks where I am gorging myself on something (probably chocolate!) and then trying to look innocent when the camera flashes.

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When I made the blouse I had this funny little spot where the front and the collar didn’t lay flat together at the join. I fiddled and futzed about and then looked at the photo and realised that this was intentional.

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I still felt a frisson of annoyance with it though.

When the day came to wear this blouse, I was making the bed and happened to look down and I could see straight down inside it to my feet! I was on my way to work and thought I couldn’t possibly live with full body flashing, so I whipped myself off to the sewing machine and raised the front split and then decided to stitch the collar down with a sort of mitre. I felt happier with this, but it probably does destroy the edgy look. DSC01298

My only other modification was to do a full bust adjustment. The pattern called for one of these for a C cup or above. Hmm, I’m a C cup so I did it for the first time ever. The instructions are really clear and I certainly have sufficient room at the front now. I had to fiddle with the darts a bit to get them into the right position, but that wasn’t too onerous.

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Details: Top is the Weekend Getaway Blouse from Oliver & S, made from fabric bought at Potters Textiles as a remnant. Skirt is my self-drafted pencil skirt, shoes are Albano.

 

Fadanista

10 thoughts on “Weekend Getaway Blouse

  1. Hilarious blog…. glad you are human after all. I saw you in person in this ensemble and the photos dont do it justice – it really was a sensational look. Those Keshi pearls add just the right amount of gloss. x

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