Chain Print Blouse

A while ago I showed you my favourites from Patrones 318, among them the following blouse, model 16:

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I liked it, but at the same time thought that it would be slightly boring to make. That was until I found a fabric that immediately brought this pattern to my mind.

At first I wanted to be ready with the project by my colleague’s birthday party, but traditionally was short of time and finished the last buttonholes and sewing the buttons the day after the party. This is the result:

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As there are no darts and no princess seams, this blouse was really easy to make. Once again a pattern from Patrones fits me perfectly, I cut my usual Patrones size 42. Due to the simplicity of the project and the type of the fabric, I decided to give French seams a try. It does require some extra work, but I really like the result. The garment looks very tidy from outside as well as inside. Here is a good tutorial that gave me assurance for finishing the armholes with the same technique.

The hardest part was the buttonholes. Not because I wouldn’t know how to use my sewing machine, but I was hoping to finish right before the party, started to rush and as a result messed up a few times.

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The skirt I am wearing is from summer, more details here.

I also tried to style the blouse for a more casual look. I am not really sure about the 70’s style jeans, but decide for yourself.

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As you can see from the photos, the sun is really intense. We have had some really nice days here in Estonia, I can feel spring approaching and the days are longer and longer. It is nice to wake up and see the sun rising. The darkness of  November and December seems like a bad dream now.

Another piece of good news is that thanks to a tip from a cousin of mine, I got myself another sewing dummy! It is actually a decoration mannequin from a shop that is moving to new premises and they are selling their mannequins for 10 and 20 euros (20 for a tall stand). As normally they only sell clothes and accessories, I didn’t take the tip very seriously. Especially because although it is a chain of shops, the mannequins were allegedly for sale only in Narva, the easternmost town of Estonia, where the majority of inhabitants are Russians.

But a colleague of mine has an adventurous mind plus we have two curious Austrian students practicing in our hospital right now and they also got excited of the plan. So we basically drove more than 300 km to Narva and back to get the dummy. Of course we did a lot of sightseeing as well, but the whole idea started off the tip from my cousin.

A few photos of the trip here:

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Narva

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The dummy is a female shape in proportions of a Barbie doll. The waist circumference is 50 cm while the bust is nearly 90! But in order to photograph my projects it is just fine.

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And finally, the shoes you see here are both Nine West, first the Pugnose, and secondly the Oh Dear wedges:

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15 thoughts on “Chain Print Blouse

  1. Hi, what a lovely blouse, in the magazine is looking really boring, but yours is just great.
    Really nice. Nice to see another Patrones pattern made, I just had a bummer with the cover jacket from 322, I still try to get my power back to sewing, so disappointed I am ( my armholes are just to big for the sleevesheads… measured the pattern sheet and is also bigger then the sleeveheads , it drives me crazy, sorry for going out of topic)
    And I must say that I was imaging ME 🙂 in that sun of yours. I am so dying here in the Netherlands for a little sun, have enough already from the grey and more grey every day.
    Greetings,
    Camelia

    1. Thank you for your comment, Camelia! Believe me, we have had enough grey days here as well, if this is of any comfort! 🙂
      I don’t know how to comment your issue with the jacket, probably you have already searched the web for any information how to possibly fix this issue? Good luck!

  2. Just learned of your blog this AM. Lovely blouse! I am a shoeaholic, as well as fabric and patternaholic also, and have to say I love both pairs of shoes. Glad I found your blog.

  3. Hi there, I arrived at your blog from Allison C Sewing Gallery. Very pretty blouse and you have made some great things. I love that green Burda dress, looks great on you. And I have one of those shop dress forms, the waist is so tiny but as you say, it is great for photographing things. (also I have 2 more adjustable so I can do fitting)

  4. That blouse looks absolutely great on you! You gotta give a special touch to it with the fabric used to … Love, love it with any style you choose to use!

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