I chose some white spotted cotton lawn.
The first job is to pick the right size, so take your measurements and choose the pattern size closest to your bust measurement.
Then pin the fabric together along the selvedge, place your pattern pieces along the correct grain line. Pin. Cut.
I then made the rouleau loops. Do not be daunted by this. Get the correct tool, a loop turner, (they are inexpensive) and it will be a breeze
Then tailor tack the darts and button placements according to the pattern instructions.
Stitch the darts, sew the back yoke to the back, join the front and backs at the side seams.
gather the front shoulder and join the shoulder seams
The pattern instructions are very easy to follow, so do stick to them. When it comes to attaching the front facing understitch along the seam line.this is invisible on the right side but is important as it holds the facing in place.
The front should now look like this.
I hope that you have been pressing each seam as you go? It is also easier to finish the edges as you go too. I like to overlock.
at this stage i finished the hem.
Setting in sleeves can be difficult. Do not panic. Join the sleeve underarm seam and finish the hem.
run a gathering stitch along the top of the sleeves, this will make it easy to fit it into the armhole
Pull the gathering threads gently
Once the sleeve is in, neaten the edge, press.
Hint, use waxed thread for strength.
I used some handmade floral buttons.
The back is very neat. It does not gape or pull anywhere.
And here it is.
The cotton fabric is easy to care for and will be cool to wear
When I make it again I will use ready made bias binding for the neck facing as I felt the facing a little too wide. But then again I always like to adapt patterns to my way of working.
This will be SEW useful for holidays.
Have fun sewing and do comment and ask questions
I mentioned that I will be making this blouse again on my Twitter, @sewingangela
This time I chose an embroidered white cotton
It is very lightweight, easy to sew and will be easy to care for
I made it exactly the same as previous except that I used a bought bias binding for the neck facing. It made the whole process a lot quicker and it looks very neat.
I hope that you like my blouses and that you will comment on them below.