I know what you’re asking yourself – when did it get all 1970s up in here? Well, I’m afraid I don’t quite know when, why, or how. But it’s happening people.
Really, it’s all part of my grand summer sewing plans. I knew I wanted a sweetly embroidered peasant blouse to soften up my usual choices and add a bit more variety to my little handmade wardrobe.
I found the pattern while surfing through Indiesew a little while ago and it immediately caught my eye. Imagine embroidery. Light blue jeans. Birkenstocks. A flowery field. Pimms.
There you go. Now can you see the appeal? 🙂
The pattern & The Plan
The pattern is the Roza blouse from Kate & Rose. It features raglan sleeves gathered into sleeve bands and a paneled front.
You can choose from different sleeve lengths, different hem lines, and two different options for the front panel. I went with the simple single front panel option with short sleeves.
My plan was to sew this up in a simple drapey fabric (this is a cheap and easy viscose I bought in Walthamstow) and then go to town with embroidery. Something worthy of my newest Instagram obsession.
Or, you know, something simple and pretty at least. Let’s not get cocky kid.
How It all went
I sewed the pattern straight up without any modifications or changes, going with a small based on my measurements (there’s no finished measures table sadly).
And here’s the kicker – I love it, but I’m not in love with it. Bah!
It’s a real serious bummer, because I love so many elements of this. The raglan sleeves and sleeve bands are literally perfection. The hem line is spot on, and it’s a relatively easy sew. But there’s just something odd going on with the neckline – it’s insanely baggy.
Like for a giant.
I thought it might just be in my head, so I wore it for an afternoon around the house. And, nope – not in my head. This top legitimately risks indecent exposure if I’m not careful. Sub ideal.
(FYI my top tip for new sews – wear them around the house for a few hours first before taking them into the wild. You want wardrobe malfunctions to happen on your home turf. In secret. With alternatives nearby.)
Now maybe you guys can help save this debacle because I have no idea how to salvage this. Do I make an extra small and hope for the best? Or do I hack the pattern to alter the angles of the neckline? Maybe I raise the neckline? Or do I do all of the above?
I can’t quite let go the idea of a sweet embroidered peasant blouse, and this seems like the best pattern to try it with. Or maybe I’m wrong? Is there a great blouse pattern out there that’s passed me by?
And of course, once the blouse is perfected there’s the whole issue of how to actually not cack up the embroidery (patience is not my strong point). But we’ll get to that another time.
Phew – so many things to sort. I feel like I should be paying you all for counseling.
Well, not about the 70s thing. No, that’s staying put 😉
So if you have any ideas for how to fix this, or any cracking alternative pattern ideas, well, I’m all ears!
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern for this make was kindly provided by Indiesew (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.