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