Sencha blouse with Jenny skirt
I’m torn. I really am. I’ve finished my Sencha blouse from Colette Patterns. For a moment during construction, I thought it was going to be really tight around the tummy area and that I’d be obliged to wear it tucked into skirts. In fact, it fits just right – testament to Colette’s sizing.
But… Why are there those niggling doubts in my head? First of all, check out the neckline. It’s so close to my throat – and normally I prefer lower necklines to balance my round face. I feel ever so slightly claustrophobic. Not the pattern’s fault – I should have noticed this detail. And in the name of balanced feedback, I should say that the neckline of this blouse makes it fab for wearing brooches.
Also, I’m really not convinced by the snapper detail on the back. A blouse freshly ironed and worn only for ten minutes shouldn’t look like this, should it? I was uber careful with placement of the snappers, but I don’t know… It’s just not doing it for me.
I am tempted to remake this blouse with a different neckline and losing the snapper detail. I have already successfully wriggled out of this blouse, keeping the centre snappers shut. Even with the blouse’s nipped in waist, I can still just slip it over my Lady Shelf. So I might have a go, because this blouse has a truly lovely retro feel and I love, love, love the sleeve detail.
I must stress to other makes of the Sencha blouse, choice of fabric is absolutely crucial. The cotton I’ve used feels a bit too stiff. Ooh, I told myself, whilst mulling this over. Sencha would work wonderfully in a thick, drapey silk. But, no – it wouldn’t. If you’re going to have buttons or snappers on the back, you need a fabric that can take their weight without gaping. See the dilemma? Unless you just get rid of those buttons…
Okay, one final quibble and then I’ll stop. The pattern recommends buying 1 & 7/8 yards of fabric. Which is the best part of 2 yards, right? So why do I have really quite a lot of fabric left over? I don’t understand! Has anyone else encountered this?
So. Thoughts on the Sencha blouse? A success? Room for improvement? A bit of both, in my opinion. If I have a go at an adjusted second version, this will mark a significant step in my growth as a Sewist. It will be my first ever attempt at adjusting a pattern. Tips or hints – you know where I am. (On the sofa, actually.)
Hope you’re all having good weekends!