from Sewaholic's website "Brighten up you wardrobe with a pretty new blouse! 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."
I've admired every one of these cute tops that popped up on patternreview.com. I figured I'd give it a go because I'm totally a pear shaped gal and Sewaholic tailors to my shape.
0-16; It comes with sizes 0-16. My measurements put me exactly at a 10 (shocking that I wasn't in between sizes!). I cut and sewed an 8 because others on PR were saying it was a little large.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes! It did!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are clearly laid out and only on the back side of the sheet so you think it is fast and easy. Don't be fooled though! There are multiple things to do within each step.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was very disappointed in the zipper explanation "sew invisible zipper on left side." Um. ok. new to me and that is all I get? I resorted to using my "Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing" from like 1974 or something. It was perfect in picture and explanation. I did have to unpick the zipper two freaking times before getting it right. Honestly, I didn't know to iron/push over the coils on the darn zipper before sewing it. It was my first time! but after I tried to zip it to no avail, it was like a light bulb. Once I knew how the zipper worked I understood what I was doing wrong.
Fabric Used: a cute floral I have no idea when/where I got it. I know it's cotton - it is soft but not lawn or voile. I think it *might* have been a Mill End find for $3.95/yard.
I used 2 yards of 44" wide fabric for View A. Pattern calls for exactly that. I also used a 12'-14" invisible zipper - it was all wal-mart had and shortened it. I'm sure I ended up with a 12" zipper in the end.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I changed the interfacing/facing. I used this cute technique mentioned by Sewbusylizzy who credits Slapdash sewist and Sunny Girl - where you sew the interfacing on to the facing right sides together (fusible side up), and then flip it and then iron it on. It makes such a nice neat edge!
In Step 11, make sure to catch the ends of the sleeve caps in when you first sew the binding on; I also clipped the binding raw edge before flipping it inside after trimming the seam.
Other changes: square shoulder adjustment to front/back bodice as well then as to the facings. Added 1" in length to the bodices. Sloped 1/2" out of back bodice and facing because I hate back neck gaping.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yes and yes!
LOVE IT! So cute. This is unlike anything in my closet. I usually wear knits so I like how different it is. The sleeve caps are a tad restricting but it is manageable. I would like to try it in a cotton with a bit of stretch, maybe even a sateen? I'm thinking cobalt blue with the belt added on too. I'd also like to try it in a seersucker and/or lawn. Oh the possibilities!
Changes for next time: figure out why there are folds from bust to side of hip. Maybe too tight on hip? Maybe from swayback pooling in back?
address the swayback - can't ignore it in this shirt.