This is the V1247 blouse – a pattern I fell deeply in love with after seeing it on Handmade by Carolyn’s blog. It hasn’t disappointed. If you love a French seam, you will adore this blouse. The pattern instructs you to use French seams throughout. If you want to understand the level of construction this involves, it’s best to look at the line drawing:
Here’s a detail of the French seams on the inside, if you can make them out:
The fabric, you ask? The most beautiful cotton, an utter delight to work with, £3 a metre from the man outside Sainsburys on a Saturday at Walthamstow market. Get yourself down there. Ask if he can do you a deal on the price. You’ll get two metres for £5. Quite.
To give you a few more details on the pattern: it has kimono sleeves, two cute pleats on the front and back shoulders, turn up sleeve hems (which I sewed down) and a curved waist hem. It’s just gorgeous. You’ll want to use your notches to place things very carefully because, as you can see, there are a lot of seams congregating and you’ll get frustrated if they don’t meet.
Some people have been concerned about the roominess of this top, but it is meant to be loose-fitting. I cut according to my bust size, knowing that my waist and hips are large compared to these measurements. I then used fairly generous seam allowances and, job done. Sack Attack neatly avoided!
As if this dream of a top isn’t enough, the pattern includes a skirt that I also desperately want to make. Just look at Handmade by Carolyn’s version. To die for! If you are a member of Sew Direct, you can get Vogue patterns half price, with free postage. Which means that for either this top or this skirt, you are paying £3.70 per item. So my bliss top cost me £8.70, plus the pleasure of working with beautiful fabric.
What are you waiting for?
Oh, and one last snap from the canal:
Now, THAT’s a snood!