This year I haven't been excited about most of the new pattern releases. Must be an off year for me or something. So it was a nice change when I saw the new Maison Fleur line and feel in love with the summer top. Those little tie shoulders, so cute! Must buy it and whip it up IMMEDIATELY! Is there anything quite like the instant gratification of downloading a PDF? I submit that there is not.
Vibes and Scribes* sent me last month. It's a nice light weight poplin and being 100% cotton it's very well behaved under the sewing machine. They have lots of cute print cottons and their customer service was lovely. Definately will be added them to my list of trusted on-line retailers.
Side note - Way back in January you might remember that I had a small sewing list of things to make. One of them was this red circle skirt that I'd bought fabric for back in December. Well it finally got sewn last week when I needed something bright to pair with this top. The skirt is based on the pinupgirl Doris skirt since it's a heavy weight cotton twill similar to the bottom weight cotton sateen they use. (One difference, they use a stretch cotton and this twill is non stretch.) The design is a simple 3/4 circle with a 2.25" slightly curved waistband and belt loops. It closes in the back with a centered zipper and is 27" long. Gorgeous fabrics does still have this red twill in stock if you like it. But only buy it for pants/skirts/jackets, it's much to heavy and stiff for other garments.
Maison Fleur 1301 Summer Blouse Pattern - View 1
Cotton Poplin from Vibes and Scribes (Still available in this color. Also comes in an ivory background with black polka dots that is equally tempting.)
1. Dropped the bust dart 1.25".
- Thought I should note that the seam allowance is 3/8" on this pattern. So make sure your fitting is spot on before delving into real fabric.
- The top is constructed with "all in one facings" that are sewn on before the side seams are sewn. This makes the sewing the facings on very easy. I did double check my fitting before inserting the side seam zipper.
"I like the loopy things and the fabric is like strawberries in the stars."
My Final Thoughts
I'm currently in the mood to sew separates and this pattern coordinates well with several of the skirts in the wardrobe. It whipped up really quickly and it's very fun to wear. I'll be making a few more for certain. Current plans are trying the pattern in stretch woven and maybe turning the top into a dress. So many possibilities!
*The strawberry fabric for this blog post was provided for free, but the pattern was bought with my own money. I didn't spend it all on shoes this month. ;)