Hi, guys! I hope your Mondays are off to a great start! Don’t be too jealous, but I’m having the best kind of Monday– a day off of work! :) Before I dive into my patternmaking homework and hopefully some sewing, I wanted to share one of my newest projects with you!
The lovely and talented Katie of Papercut Patterns asked me to test one of her new patterns, and I jumped at the chance to try out her Meissa Blouse pattern! I love, love, love buttondowns and wear a basic plaid buttondown to work basically every day, so I was really excited to try out a shirt pattern that’s a little different. The Meissa Blouse has feminine details like a gathered yoke (in the front and the back), a rounded collar, and a curved hemline. Fun, right?
My plan was to make this with peach-colored voile (which existed in my mind), but when I got to Mood NYC, I couldn’t tear myself away from this Theory brushed cotton. It’s SO soft, like, CRAZY soft, and definitely what you want to wear in cool November weather. It’s solidly medium-weight, which I knew was pretty risky for this blouse. It would probably look a lot nicer in a lightweight fabric– the gathers would sit nicely and the whole thing would be really floaty and sweet– but I wanted to push the envelope and see if I could get away with this heavier fabric. It probably looks a little sloppy, but I like my buttondowns really slouchy anyway, so I can live with it.
Honestly, I’m a little surprised by how much I enjoy sewing shirts. They seem difficult and fiddly, but it’s really fun to put them together. This pattern came together really quickly, despite the fact that I’m really terrible at gathering. I probably spent more time trying to get the gathers even than I did on any other step in this process (again, this probably would have been easier if I’d used a lighter fabric).
I made a size XS, my size according to the chart, and I didn’t make any alterations. The shoulders are maybe a little wide, but I get the same thing in my RTW shirts– not sure if I have narrow shoulders or if this is just a style thing. I might lose a little width through the upper arms and add a little to the lower arms next time– it fits nicely through the forearm/wrist, but because they actually fit, I can’t roll the sleeves up very far, which is my preferred way to wear a buttondown. I topstitched the shirt with gold thread to give it sort of a denim look. Actually, that leads me to a question– how should I style this shirt?! I generally wear jeans to work, but I don’t really like the denim-on-denim look, and I don’t have much else besides jeans to wear this with!
I think this pattern is super cute and I’m excited to see more versions of it popping up on the blogosphere! Actually, I really like the whole collection, but the Bellatrix blazer is definitely high on my list for fall/winter sewing! I’d like to make a longer version to wear over jeans and a cropped version to wear over dresses! Not to tempt you too much, but there’s a 15% off sale right now, plus free worldwide shipping, PLUS the listed prices are in New Zealand dollars, so the blouse, for example, is about $17 USD. Not as bad as it looks at first sight. (NOTE: I’m not paid to shill for Papercut and I don’t get a cut of their sales or anything– I’m just a fan!).Also, I’m SUPER tempted to try the Rigel bomber, too, after seeing Sophie’s version this morning. How cute is this jacket?! And how cute is she?! Answer: the CUTEST. I’d love to rampage through Sophie’s closet just once! 🙂 Alright, how about you guys? Any new patterns you’re excited about? What’s your favorite of the new Papercut collection? What’s on your sewing table these days? My next project is a dress for my neighbor’s granddaughter– it’s been pushed to the back burner for a while, but I really need to knuckle down and make that next!