The first time I saw the pattern for the Sewaholic Alma Blouse I was so happy I needed a pattern that I could make tops for work and that would go with skirts, jeans well everything really and this is that pattern. I really like the style of all of variations I decided to make View B as I love the collar.
I chose a lovely fabric in duck egg blue with tiny dots in brown and burgundy and for the collar I chose a brown cotton to pick up the colour from the dots, I loved the combination of both these fabrics. The pattern is lovely and the instructions were very clear I chose to cut a straight size 14 and didn’t make any alterations it was very quick to make up. I chose to make the sleeves shorter and with gathers at the top, also I followed the pattern and interfaced the collar but as my fabric was thick it made the collar quick bulky and I had to trim the seams quite a lot on the collar to get it to lie flat.
I love this top, the fabric choice and the style but as I am still learning to get the right fit and I because I didn’t make any alterations it just didn’t fit, the collar and neckline gaped so much as did the fit around the bust and the darts just weren’t where they were supposed to be. I was gutted but I thought I would not give up and try to make some adjustments to the pattern to get it to fit properly, I measured my Alma blouse and looked at the finished garment measurements and my measurements, I decided to retrace the pattern with a size 10 neckline and collar, a size 12 down to the waist where I then went out to a 14. I made a muslin with some fabric I had left from the first ever skirt I made it was a lovely navy blue fabric little apples all over in different colours, because this top was the second one I’d made it went together even quicker, I didn’t use any interfacing on the collar and I also made the collar slightly smaller and again used shorter sleeves with little gathers. The blouse came out amazingly well, it fitted perfectly, there was no gaping at the neckline and the collar laid flat, the top fitted closely at the bust and then out at the waist, I didn’t need to put in the concealed zip (hurrah) as it is easy to get on and off. Even though this was supposed to be muslin I loved it so much I worn it to work the day after finishing it and had some lovely comments from my work colleagues, I have also worn it a few times with jeans it’s so comfy. I feel so happy that I have found a pattern with a style that I love and I feel so proud that I have actually made something that fits, I just want to make more and more of these tops and the fact there are 3 different neckline and sleeve options means I will be able to fill my wardrobe with these blouses along with my other favorite pattern the Mimi Blouse from Tilly and the Buttons. This also means I won’t need to go clothes shopping for tops which makes me happy (I hate clothes shopping), I am well on my way to creating a handmade wardrobe.