Have you seen Sewaholic’s new Alma Blouse yet?!? It’s so very sweet and better still, I was one of the lucky pattern testers that got to make it like two months ago - can you imagine having to keep it a secret for so long!?!
When I saw the pattern, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be making View B - the one with the peter pan collar of course! I’m convinced that the whole process was destined to be, as a day after being accepted as a tester by Tasia, a lovely colleague of mine randomly gifted me the most perfect cotton lawn!
So, what's the pattern like to work with? Lovely! There aren't too many pattern pieces and the construction is really straightforward. Everything came together pretty easily and the part I was dreading the most – the invisible side zip – was actually fine. The zip, together with vertical darts on the front and back (similar to the ones you see on so many vintage blouse patterns), make this a super flattering blouse. It literally just skims your curves without being too snug or too baggy!
This blouse is so flattering that I'm even confident enough to show you side and back shots...now that's something I don't do often!
I slightly messed up my collar because I had to adjust my shoulder seams a bit and forgot to reflect that in my collar pieces. As a result it overlaps a little at the front, but I decided it actually looked ok, so just left it...lazy I know. In hindsight I also probably should have slimmed down the sleeves a little bit too, but I quite enjoy how comfortable they are.
I genuinely love this blouse and have worn it loads in the past couple of months. Tasia has yet again created a pattern that is both beautiful to work with and to wear. And with nine possible variations it's certainly good value for money – watch this space for more from me!