|Pattern Description: From the website - "The Alma Blouse is a feminine, semi-fitted blouse with neckline and sleeve variations. Darts create a fitted silhouette without being too tight, with an optional tie belt to cinch the waistline. The Alma Blouse closes at the side with an invisible zipper."|
Pattern Sizing: 0-16. I sewed a 4, but graded to a 0 at the hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, only I omitted the darts, so my version was much less fitted than the standard Alma.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the sleeve variations. I have the Sewaholic Pendrell patter as well, but while I love the princess seams, I'm not a bit fan of the sleeve options. The Alma gives the a nice woven sleeve pattern.
Fabric Used: Cotton voile.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the darts since I wanted a looser fit. I was in the early baby bump stage, and I wanted a blouse that would hide my growing belly for a little bit longer. It was perfect! I adjusted the sleeve length to a three-quarter length, and then cut the cuff in half as well. Since the blouse ended up shorter than I expected (the Pendrell was long!), I ended up hemming it with a narrow rolled hem to keep as much length as possible. Also, I used the interfacing as a facing for the facing (got that?! - see my blog for a photo) so that it had a nice, clean finish without much added bulk.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I definitely would. I'm also going to mix and match the sleeves with the Pendrell for times when I want princess seams instead of darts. I have great range of motion with these sleeves, so perhaps I'll also look at how they differ from some other woven tops I've sewn that have had really awkward armscyes.
Conclusion: If you're in the market for a versatile woven top pattern, I'd definitely recommend this one.
You can see more photos and read more about this blouse on my blog, Sew Well.