Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Apple of My Eye

I think I fell in love with a pattern. It hasn't happened since I made my first Macaron dress, and now I'm head over heels.

Do you want to know why? Let's see: this blouse has a peter pan collar (AND it's asymmetrical), it has a button placket that it's easy to sew and it's really cute, it has no closures, the fit is great (thank you, double-pointed darts in the back) and it's extremely versatile.
The pattern is from "La mia boutique" and the only modification I made was to shorten the sleeves and put elastic at their bottom (instead of another plaquet). 

For my first go at it, I chose this super cute viscose (if I'm not wrong, it's the same thing as rayon... please let me know) with fuchsia apples printed on it. At first I was afraid it would look too much like a pajama top (that's also why I shortened the sleeves), but as soon as I've tried it with some of my clothes, we became best friends.
Another great thing: it was extremely fast to sew! I tried out some new techiniques for me (the button plaquet, the bias bound neckline and double-pointed darts) and they turned out great. I was so impressed with the finished blouse that I immediately made another one, with some modifications (coming soon).

Although I made some mistakes (the collar is covering the placket, the neckline binding is not perfect), I adore my new little creature.
And now I feel so good! First, the Stretchy Jenny (thanks for your lovely comments! as some of you pointed out, I'm actually getting so much wear out of it already), now this adorable blouse... I hope I can keep my sewing mood on this track!


  1. It's really lovely and you look wonderful in it. I LOVE the collar! x

  2. The fit looks great on you ! Congrats on this project !

  3. So cute! I can see why you're in love! The fabric is adorable, too!

  4. It looks really great on you! What a wonderful (pattern) find!

  5. Aaaargh I'm in love too with this blouse!! So pretty! I'm so sad to miss the magazine. Where did you buy this magazine? It's italian no?

  6. @Elise
    Yup, it's Italian, it's called La Mia Boutique (see my previous post :D )
    I hope you can mangage to get it!

  7. Anna, è bellissima! Mi piace un sacco, sia per la stoffa che per il modello! :)

  8. It looks wonderful on you! I love the print with the asymmetrical collar.

  9. It's really lovely, and such a cute print. The asymmetrical collar is a great detail and it looks very comfortable.

  10. Oh, I love the blouse so much!! It looks pretty on you.

  11. THIS BLOUSE IS TO DIE FOR! :D I want one too!:P I guess you are pretty back on your sewing track! Thumbs up, hope I can follow your mood, too! <3<3<3

  12. Feeling inspired! I started to sew two weeks ago, but I'm thinking this *has* to be my next project, it looks great!

  13. I think your blouse is lovely, and I have to say - much nicer than the one in the magazine!

  14. Its so cute! You look great in it.

  15. Thank you! I have the same pattern from "La mia Boutique", I was thinking about it, but now I'm sure it'll be my next project

  16. lovely blouse.. and, i used same fabric once (yup, we call it viscose too, but in english it's called rayon), for my moschino inspired blouse, only mine was navy with white apples

  17. Hello!

    I love your blog!

    I wanted to get my hands on the wonderful patterns you got from La mia Boutique. Problem is, I do not read/speak Italian. Are the instructions in this magazine in English too? Will I be able to wing it?

    Thanks for your time!


  18. Love the blouse. And that collar !!! nuff said

  19. Wait, I mixed up which placket was which XD

  20. That is sooo cute! I love how you shortened the sleeves. It makes it so much more wearable.

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