Thursday, September 17, 2015

deer & doe airelle for fall pattern showcase

I sewed a version of the Deer & Doe Airelle Blouse as part of the Free Notion Fall Pattern Showcase.  That's right, I sewed something for myself!  And, what's even more surprising, it's actually pictured on the blog!!!  I know my About Me page says you will probably never see me on the blog, but it turns out if I don't include pictures of me, then I won't have anything to blog about.  Because I haven't sewn anything for the kids in the last month or so!  What can I say, I've been a bit selfish since the kids went back to school ;)

And before I go any further, I just want you to know that these pictures were taken by my almost four year old, Mae!  I set up the camera on the tripod and had her push the button, which she though was great fun for the first few minutes, but then I had to bribe her with ice cream to get the rest.  I will say that I had no idea that having my picture taken by a three year old would be so humbling!  They have this uncanny ability to snap the picture exactly when you look the most bizarre ;)  It took about 75 pictures to get the three in this post.

General Review - Overall I like the blouse.  The pattern was easy to follow, although the instructions might be a bit basic for a beginner.  However, the pattern is listed as intermediate, so I'm guessing it assumes that you already have some basic sewing knowledge.

What I like -  The details are subtle, but take it up a notch from a basic blouse.  The fit seems accurate to the size charts. My measurements fall slightly over the largest size included with the pattern, but since this is a looser fitting blouse (and I was able to use smaller seam allowance), I was able to get away without making any changes. Although I probably should have done a FBA (full bust adjustment) since the blouse has a tendency to shift upward a little as I wear it.  I'm a huge fan of tug-free clothing, so I do find that a bit irritating.  I know better, but just for once I didn't want to have to make fit alterations to a pattern ;)  Also, I'm pretty sure the wrinkles at the back of the blouse are just a result of how I was standing, because it doesn't do that as I move around throughout the day.

Things I would do differently or didn't like -  Aside from adding a FBA, there isn't really much I would change about the pattern.  I'm not sure that it's the most flattering top on me, but it's comfortable and I like it, so I'm wearing it anyway!  The only nitpicky thing I didn't like was that the yoke is unlined so there are more exposed seams than I prefer.

Changes I made (no matter how small!) - I changed the front neckline by omitting the collar and finishing it with an exposed facing.  Then I lined the yoke to enclose the shoulder and back seams.  I also shortened the sleeves by about two inches to make them elbow length, and added a shirt tail hem to the back.  Also, the sleeves and side seams were finished with a 3/8" seam instead of 5/8" for fitting purposes.

Here's a closeup of the front facing detail and the lined yoke.  I am really happy with the way this turned out, and I plan on making another version with this unicorn print from Michael Levine  (affiliate links) because who doesn't love unicorns!

Rayon challis from Joann's


  1. Woah! Thanks for that neckline close up! I love how the neckline is bound! I see what you mean though about the pattern shifting up over the bosom. Might explain the pulling at the back, too, if the front fabric is being pulled upwards over your curves :) Adding some trim to the front hem (lace would be pretty!) might give you enough wiggle room (and added weight, honestly) to keep the intended length/coverage of the top. I think it's super flattering on you and I love the rayon challis you chose!

    1. Thanks Becca! I was thinking of adding a hem facing to the front hoping that would add a bit more weight. I might try either that or trim for the next one I make. The rayon challis was a real find from Joann's - it's usually so hit or miss that I don't often shop there anymore, but I needed a jeans zipper (for a project that I had to do immediately and didn't bother to plan ahead!) so I looked around and found this gem :)

  2. Way to go Teri! I love the changes you made. Also so nice to see you on the blog. Enough for the kids, sewing for ourselves is important.

    1. I don't have any problem sewing for myself - I just have a problem bothering to take pictures and put them up on the blog ;)