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Pattern Review: In House Patterns Blossom Blouse

The In House Blossom pattern had been languishing in my stash for well over a year but after recently scoring a yard of Nancy Ann Liberty of London fabric, I knew I had to try it out.

Nancy Ann Fabric

I love Liberty Tana Lawn fabric but due to the cost, don’t get to sew with it as much as I would like. As soon as I saw this fabric on eBay, I remembered where I had seen it before…on Mad Men!

betty draper

I may not be as beautiful or famous as Betty Draper, aka January Jones, but I think my interpretation came out well!  If you ever have the opportunity to try In House Patterns, give them a whirl. This is actually my second In House pattern. The first was the Cool Cowl reviewed here and I think you will find their patterns to be easy to follow and fairly quick makes.

Blossom Front

Pattern Details: Size ranges from 32 to 42 bust so I graded up to a 48. I also increased the waist and hip pieces by grading out the side seams. All In House Patterns are pdf only which in my opinion makes grading much easier.

Things I liked about the pattern:

  1. Instructions were very clear and logical
  2. Grading was easy due to the pattern piece layout
  3. No FBA required because the pattern can be printed in A, B, C, or D cup sizes!!!

Things I struggled with:

  1. Sleeves! Since my upper arms were far outside the size range, I initially tried to grade up with zero success.
  2. I later tried tulip sleeves but could not make them fit comfortably so I finally gave up and made some bias tape from my remaining fabric and opted for a sleeveless version.
  3. The front curve at the neckline ended up a bit wonky due to my less than perfect cutting. This type of neckline requires PRECISE cutting to remain even. My solution was to make some ties so there is a keyhole detail instead of a simple vee. I actually ended up liking my final version better than the original so my “design feature” worked out!

Blossom Back

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6 responses »

  1. Adorable! Love the fabric!

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  2. Cute blouse! Good catch on Betty Draper’s fabric. I saw fabric that I owned once pop up on an episode of House Hunters and got overly excited. I would have been bouncing off the walls if it had been Mad Men!

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  3. I absolutely love most of Betty Draper’s clothing but haven’t ever found the EXACT fabric until now. Too bad I don’t have the budget to buy lots of Liberty fabric :)

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  4. Cute top. Do you read Rhonda’s Creative Life blog? If not she has lots of sleeve drafting posts. Usually on Saturday. Here’s a link to the ones makes sleeve tutorials. http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/search/label/sleeve%20drafting%20tutorials
    She also added a sleeve to a recent Sew News sewalong. http://www.sewnews.com/blogs/sewing/2014/07/17/sew-along-extra-summer-breeze-top-adding-sleeves/

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    • Never heard of Rhonda’s blog but I’m definitely going to check it out. The Curvy Sewing Collective also just posted about drafting sleeves so hopefully I can make some work for future Blossom blouse makes as I really like the rest of the pattern.

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