Friday Pattern Company: Adrienne blouse

The Adrienne blouse from the Friday Pattern Company has been quite visible on Instagram, and I have to confess that I was doing my best to ignore it until my friend Hélène ( motivated me to make it.

I used some fabric that I had found in the op shop – 4 metres for $2, but I could not tell what the fibre content is. I did a burn test which showed some polyester-like fibres, but it burned quite fiercely so I didn’t think it was cotton. Then I saw that curious_fi on Instagram (  had some of the same fabric so I asked her. She did some investigating (aren’t people wonderful?) and came back with the composition of 80% polyester, 17% rayon and 3% spandex. I am so surprised as it doesn’t burn like a lot of polyester – no hard ball of plastic, but the rayon content probably explains the fierce burning. Anyway, I now know the answer~


I made a lot of mistakes with this one, the first being that I thought it would be fun to add  a pocket. I took several in progress shots and then managed to delete them, so I can only show you the final pocket.


To make this pocket I drew a circle, cut it at about the 2/3rd 1/3rd mark, and added a straight piece of 2cms on each side. I interfaced the straight piece and tucked it under, topstitching it down. I then sewed each side, butted up together, on the front, reverse coverstitching the edge down. Then I didn’t like it, but I had already discovered that this fabric did not enjoy being unpicked. At all. So I left it, but it’s pretty useless.


I made my size but this fabric is quite firm so the top is rather fitted. I wouldn’t mind this so much if it weren’t for that darned pocket.


When I was making this top I looked at the elastic requirements and it stated 19cm for the shoulders and 27cm for the sleeves. I had one of those moments! My wrists are 17.5cm and 27cm seemed really excessive, so I decided that the pattern was wrong and the numbers were transposed.  I put the long pieces of elastic in the shoulders and the short pieces in the sleeve cuffs. May I just say that it didn’t end well?! I couldn’t even get the sleeves on over my hands! Luckily the unpicking on the shoulders wasn’t too bad and I was able to reduce the length of the elastic easily thereby reversing my stupidity. However, I found it impossible to unpick the sleeves, so I simply cut the bottoms off, added a 6cm band to each sleeve and threaded through the correct length of elastic. This worked out pretty well as it made the sleeves a little longer which I like.

I think that the fit is good, and love the neckline and the sleeves.


My next problem was what to wear with this top. It would look great tucked in with a belt, but that pocket is a problem. Anyway, it looks fine with my self drafted denim skirt and I know I will get a lot of wear from this as the weather cools down, although I’m not sure if it will find its way into my suitcase for our holiday.


…and here I am stretching that pocket out! I have to say here that I really like this top – it’s different from the run of the mill tops and I am keen to make another one, perhaps from some silk jersey.


I was rather thrilled that this outfit looks ok with my old Missoni platforms as (a) they are yellow; and (b) I don’t wear them enough!



22 thoughts on “Friday Pattern Company: Adrienne blouse

  1. Hi Sue,

    I love the fit and shape of this blouse. It looks gorgeous on you! It is really fabulous!

  2. I like the look of this top and that colour is very flattering on you. I agree with your comments about the pocket too. I think the next version will be perfect. Well done.

  3. This is the second time you’ve enabled/inspired me. Years ago a Bronte top of yours lead to an embarrassing number (let’s just say double digits) of long/3/4/short sleeved tees, and now I’ve just bought this pattern too. Now all I need is fabric….

    1. How lovely is that?! I remember the Bronte top, I haven’t made one in years! This one is a real winner. Let me know if you need anything!

  4. One of the first things I noticed were your super cute shoes Sue!!! Perfect with this pretty top and skirt. The pocket adds an interesting detail to the front and I like the overall results too. 🙂

    1. thank you Lisa, I should wear those shoes more often, but they don’t go with very many of my clothes. I am looking forward to making another of these tops!

  5. The top is lovely and I have one cut out….now I know not to transpose the elastic! 😉 It is a lovely top, but I can see it is tricky for travelling as it won´t layer so well. And your shoes! What can I say? I love them…you should definitely bring them when you come to spain, but you should also guard them like a hawk! xxxx

    1. No, it won’t do for travelling and hasn’t made the cut, which is a shame. If I can fit them in I shall bring the shoes when I come to Spain, but I’ll be checking that they come back with me 😀

  6. This design is so original and feminine with those dramatic sleeves paired with a fitted bodice. The neckline is fantastic too. I love your version in blue, though I agree a pocket might not be necessary on that one. Of course, I’m planning to make one soonish. Your experience will come handy – I’ve taken notes! BTW, your collection of shoes keeps impressing me!

    1. No, the pocket was a mistake. Yours will be in perfect time for spring and I can’t wait to see it. Haha, re the shoes. You actually have no idea! I have a scary shoe collection. If I buy a new pair I have to get rid of two pairs, (it used to be three!), but the shoes are still out of control.

  7. This pattern wasn’t on my radar, but as usual your presentation of it has made me curious. It’s a great outfit! Hopefully I can carve out some sewing time soon.

    1. I hope you can find time to sew too. This is a really fast make (if you don’t transpose the elastics, that is!), and it’s just a bit different.

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