I'm posting about the Mara Blouse pattern today over at CompagnieM. Since I've actually sewn the blouse twice now, I thought I would do a quick pattern review here also.
I kind of blogged about my first version of the Mara here. I started with the sleeveless option in the size 2, but I made a couple of changes such as creating an overlapping button placket in the front and added a back yoke. Here's a picture in case you don't feel like looking back at the older post :)
For the next version, I kept the changes from the first one, but added long sleeves to accommodate our absolutely awful summer weather! I also added 1" to both the sleeve and overall lengths so the shirt would fit all the way through this fall and winter. The way I look at it, if I'm forced to add long sleeves to summer clothes, I might as well make everything wearable for the entire next year :)
Mae was so excited to find this little robot as she walked around the garden! I have absolutely no idea where it came from, but she was certainly happy to tote it around for the rest of the photo shoot. Then we made sure to leave it outside just in case it's original owner was looking for it ;)
Overall, I think this pattern looks more complicated than it actually is because of the lovely finishing touches. I would say it's an intermediate sewing project since it involves sewing curves with piping, but the directions are excellent and Marte is always willing to help if you need it. I would recommend it to anyone who is comfortable with most basic sewing techniques and is ready for a slightly more advanced project.
I've been doing quite a lot of fall sewing lately, and this top is just
the first of many items that I plan to share in the next few months. I
decided to purchase no new clothing for Mae this year and attempt to sew
everything she needs. I realized over the last year that she wears
quite a few of the things I make anyway, so there's really no reason to
buy her anything! Besides, she has grandmas who really like to shop, so
I'm sure a few store bought items will end up in her closet anyway :)
I love my two year old more than anything, but I don't always love taking pictures of her. When I tell her to smile, I get this face every.single.time. I swear she's growling at me!
Turquoise Print - Cloud 9 Organics Up, Up & Away Dots & Spots Blue Moon
Piping - Robert Kaufman 21 Wale Corduroy in Ginger
Buttons - Vintage
Skirt - H&M
Leggings - Old Navy