Pattern: Bluegingerdoll's Stella Blouse
Fabric: cotton silk
Lately I've been pretty obsessed with finding the perfect work top. Lucky for me, the new Bluegingerdoll Stella Blouse has just about everything I've been looking for - 3/4 length sleeves, sleek design, and cute details. When Abby offered to send it over for me to try out, I jumped at the chance!
If you haven't checked out Bluegingerdoll patterns yet, you totally should! Abby's designs combine the look of vintage with a modern style and fit that just works for me in a way that true vintage patterns don't. And this top is totally channeling that 60s mod look.
My favorite part of the top is definitely the buttons tabs. It's such a fun way to dress up a top for the office without going too frilly or overboard. Both Abby and Heather have made up cute versions with contrasting tabs, but I kept mine simple with just contrasting wooden buttons. It's a detail you sometimes see on skirts or pants, but I really like it on a top.
To make this blouse, I followed the Stella Sew-along and, would you believe it, but it was my first sew-along ever! Unfortunately, a nasty cold and some general busy-ness kept me from following along in real time, but I referred back to all of the posts as I made it up. The biggest accomplishment for me was completing my first small bust adjustment using Heather's great instructions.
As with most Bluegingerdoll patterns, I found that the fit is very important to get right. I cut the pattern size using my hip measurements, which are bigger than my bust measurements, and then did a SBA to better fit my frame. Even with Heather's instructions I had to redraw the bust dart and the height of the waist dart after cutting my fabric, but I'm sure I'll get it right in time. The only other problem I had was with the sleeves, which were a bit tight for me and had to be re-sewn using a smaller seam allowance. If you're a newer sewer or looking for that tighter fit, a cotton with a slight stretch might be the ticket!
Overall, however, I'm very impressed with this pattern, as it is my most comfortable woven top to date. I have enough room across the back and under the arms, which for me are very important for comfort! Plus, I already got a compliment at work on my first day wearing it. :)
If you're a fan of Bluegingerdoll and live in the Bay Area, I heard we may be featuring one of her patterns in a Bay Area Sewists giveaway soon!