I chose to make the Datura Blouse from Deer and Doe for the New to Me challenge.
I was a Deer and Doe virgin!
I have had this pattern for a little while, and the fabrics picked out for it too, but hadn’t got around to actually making it up.
This challenge was the perfect excuse!
Deer and Doe patterns come in cute little pattern envelopes! I love cute, bonus!
The patterns them selves are printed on really good thick paper! Making them a lot easier to trace off!
And the pattern instructions are in a cute little book! the perfect size to have next you you while sewing, none of this huge sheet thing like the big 4 have!
So the pattern measurements themselves were good, like always my measurements were all over the place.
Small size in the bust, one size bigger in the waist and one size bigger again in the hips.
But seeing as it is a very loose top I just made the size to fit my bust and it turned out a perfect fit!
I choose to make version A with the triangle cut-out neck line!
The instructions were a breeze to follow! and I had the blouse sewn up in next to no time.
The only thing I had trouble with was getting the bias tape round the neck line to sit flat with the blouse and not make the triangles pucker.
I sewed it twice using the instructions way of having it flat on a table and pinning on. but it just wasn’t working.
So in the end I pulled out Prudence (my dummy) and pinned the bias on while it was on the form and it came out perfect!
Sorry I was having too much fun sewing up this top to remember to take pictures of the progress!
But here is the end result!
I love the button detail at the back, the buttons don’t need to be functional as you can get the blouse on/off with them closed so I just sewed them on without button holes!
This was the last garment I sewed on my old machine (that doesn’t do buttonholes) so any excuse to avoid them was always made!
So lucky I found the PERFECT buttons in my stash they match perfectly!!!
Can you see the bust darts?? I can’t they are almost invisible due to the stripe matching perfect!
Also darts are perfect fit on my bust!
Here are some FUN shots !!
Pattern: Deer and Doe Datura Blouse $17NZ
Fabric yoke: linen from The Fabric Warehouse $5NZ
Fabric main: linen from my stash FREE
Buttons: From my stash FREE
total cost: $22
Highly recommend this pattern, it is so easy to sew and so comfy to wear!
Already planing my next one with the peter pan collar!!
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