Ginger Made: Crescent Blouse!

Hi, everyone!  I’m really excited to share this post with you!  A few months ago, Megan Nielsen invited me to pattern test one of her new designs, and as soon as I saw her awesome pattern, I freaked out and totally wanted to spill the beans!  I’m so glad I finally get to show it to you!

This is the brand-spankin’-new Crescent Blouse pattern.  Isn’t it adorable?  Like most of Megan’s patterns, this one has quite a few options– a rounded, crossover hem or a squared tunic hem, and there’s also an optional Peter Pan collar.  You could also lengthen it to make a dress, which would be mega cute!

I used some linen leftover from my M6553 dress, and had just enough for the top– it’s another stash-busting score!  I just love linen.  Sure, it’s a little rumply, but it’s so breathable and has such a great texture.  I particularly love this color, so I was really glad to use up the yardage I had in my stash.

This pattern is EASY to make.  It takes a little time to make bias binding and finish all the openings with it, but it’s otherwise really, really simple.  There aren’t any darts, but you could easily add them if you need the extra shaping.  As always, Megan’s instructions are a piece of cake to follow (mmm… cake…).  The blouse closes around the neck with a button on either side (which I also found in my stash, yay!).  I used French seams throughout the blouse, so the finish is very clean.

I really like this top!  The shoulder cutouts are sexy without being too revealing, and the whole thing is just so summery!  It’s a loose shape, maybe not super flattering on me, but it’s perfect for hot, sticky days.  I definitely want to make a few more of these!

If you haven’t already, hop over to Megan’s blog and check out the entire Breakwater collection!  It makes me REALLY wish that summer would hurry up and get here– I wanna bicycle seaside like the model in the lookbook!  🙂

What are you guys working on?  Sewing for summer (or winter?)?  Found any new favorite patterns lately?

149 responses

  1. This is so cool and different. It actually is flattering on you in a sweet way.

    Speaking of favourite patterns my McCall’s 6696 arrived in the mail this morning. Can’t wait to make it up, I’ve been waiting for the perfect shirtdress pattern and I think I’ve finally found it!


  2. You’re so freaking cute, it kills me! This blouse is a delight, the perfect color for you. I actually really like the roomier fit too, but dressing like I’m about four months pregnant is kinda my thing, so…


  3. The colour and style look great on you. I love cute cut out detailing too. I have always wanted to sew a megan neilsen pattern but haven’t done so yet.
    I am summer sewing here, nearly finished a simple summer dress. xx


  4. SO CUTE! I love the colour as well, it looks so light and cool for summer!

    I must have missed any mention of the Breakwater collection until now, and am SERIOUSLY considering buying a couple of patterns, but am trying to stay strong and make the patterns I already have! Argh! WANT WANT WANT. Especially as I’ve recently realised that I don’t have that many me-made tops to go with jeans, this pattern would be PERFECT.


  5. That is such a cute top on you and I love the colour!! I totally agree, linen is awesome. And those are the perfect kind of tops for Summer!
    Checking out that pattern shoot has just made me want a trip to the seaside sooooo badly, I also really want that super cute bike with the basket!!! 🙂


  6. i’ve been drooling over this top since you posted it, and then gave in to the inevitable. you made a sale 🙂 i think this will be just the thing to fix my latest massive, massive fail and get my spirits back up!


  7. Pingback: Breakwater pattern tester round up: part one - megan nielsen design diary

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