Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone! We’re enjoying a long weekend over here after a very exhausting week in Orlando – sleeping in, lots of staying in the house, and probably some unpacking (ugh…why are there so many bags filled with stuff from our move??). I was pretty lucky last week and dropped my sewing machine off to get repaired before leaving for Orlando and when I was heading to the airport in Orlando I got a call that it was ready to be picked up! So what did we do first thing on Saturday morning? Pick up my sewing machine and bring her home! I now have a both working serger and a working sewing machine which I’ve not had for a while now.
I kicked off the weekend’s sewing with the Sutton Blouse from True Bias. I’ve wanted to make this shirt for a while and two weeks ago, I bought it and traced the pattern so it’d be ready to go! I thought it was going to be a quick sew, but it was actually a little bit more involved than I was planning on, but it was really worth it!
The Sutton Blouse is a loose fitting v-neck blouse from True Bias with kimono sleeves, back yoke and inverted back pleat. It also has a high low hem with a side slit.
Like all of Kelli’s patterns, this pattern is another great one to add to your library. After making mine, I feel like I could make a million more to fill my work wardrobe with. I kinda think it’s like secret pajamas for work – looks nice, but it’s really comfy too. I think I’ve said this before about the Lodo Dress too, right??
I used a beautiful rayon from Stitch Sew Shop that I actually bought in order to make the Saiph Tunic back in December. I was worried about how drapey it was and decided to use the rayon crepe I used instead. But this fabric has been staring at me for a while so I decided to go ahead and jump in with it!
I did make a modification to the Sutton that I think made the neckline less v-neck-ey. With the business of the pattern on this fabric, I was nervous about the seam in the center (also, I was lazy, let’s be honest) so I removed that and cut it on the fold. By doing that, it made it much more difficult to get a nice v-neck point with the bias binding. So my neckline isn’t exactly the way it should be, but I still like it.
I really love that this pattern uses french seams to sew up the majority of the seams making for a really pretty inside of the garment to match the outside. Also, the instructions on the side slit were really easy to follow! I had a lot of issues with the mitered corners on the Toaster Sweater so I’ve been a little nervous to try a similar hem again. This was super easy to follow though and now I think I’ll go ahead and try a Lodo Dress hack like Rose Garden Ln made!
The other issue I had is that the back is pretty large on me. I am smaller across my back than on my front, so maybe on the next version I might try sizing down to a 6 on the back and yoke piece to try to make it fit a little bit better. But, that inverted box pleat is amazing!
This might turn out to be a wearable muslin, but it’s a very pretty wearable muslin!
I would really recommend this pattern though – with it’s really great instructions and such a wearable pattern! I might suggest not taking the lazy route and leaving in the center seam – it makes the neckline a lot easier!
Sutton Blouse Summary:
Size Made: 8
View: Only one view!
Fabric Used: Rayon from Stitch Sew Shop
Notions Used: Pre-Made Bias Tape was the only thing I used other than the usual items!
Ease of Construction: It was a little bit more time consuming than I expected – I think the french seams and the yoke added a bit more time. But the instructions are super easy to follow and really detailed!
Fit: The top fits well, I think I need to size down on the back pattern pieces in order to make it fit even better. Also, don’t take the easy route and keep in the center seam.