Back in June, I volunteered to test Sewaholic’s latest pattern, the Alma Blouse. Isn’t it gorgeous? I was so keen to make this up that I hit Walthamstow market on a Sunday. Don’t ever hit Walthamstow market on a Sunday, when shopping for fabric. It had, like, one fabric shop open and my hopes weren’t high. But I spotted this print and snapped it up.
The cotton was quite light and had a decent amount of drape, so I knew it would need underlining. I bought some white linen/viscose mix for the job. I think both sets of fabric cost me £9. I was good to go!
This was my first time working with an invisible zip in the side seam of a blouse. I was very nervous, but it worked out just fine. I was also nervous about the fit because – you know me – I’m paranoid about fit. But this gently follows your curves with some really interesting vertical darts.
I adore the neckline, don’t you? And the cap sleeves. And the belt. And, and … everything!
Any other thoughts, Karen? I think fabric choice is fairly crucial. You don’t want anything too stiff, but anything too fine and invisible zip insertion will be a nightmare. So, you know, choose carefully.
Hand on heart, this is a great pattern, with variations that could lead to myriad interpretations. Three different sleeve lengths, three different collars and the option of a belt. Value for money extromundo. I defy the stranger in the street to spot that you’ve just made nine different versions of the same pattern!