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Carries Purple Chrysanthemum Crepe Blouse

My wardrobe is lacking in separates and essentials, so I wanted to create a wardrobe staple for my latest blog make for Sewalicious. I have owned the Sew Over It Susie pattern for months but have never found the right fabric for it. Whilst searching the Sewalicious website the purple chrysanthemums crepe fabric caught my eye. I required 2.3 metres to make the size 16. Normally I would make a 14 but I wanted this to be floatier with plenty of ease as I like a blouse with flounce.

On arrival the fabric felt lovely and the drape was perfect for the pattern. I have worked with crepe fabric before and this was more delicate and sheer than expected. I would say that this fabric needed lining if you were making a dress but for a top, I got away with it. The pinks and purples work well together and will complement other garments in my wardrobe.

After completing this make I’m pleased with the look of the blouse and it feels lovely with my jeans but would also look good teamed with trousers for the office. My only concern was the fit as the bust darts were slightly out for my body shape. This garment has given me the drive to carry out an FBA (full bust adjustment) workshop to get the perfect fit at the bust as I’m an F cup. Having said that I think the boxy shape of this blouse could omit the darts.

Sewing summary

  • Pattern Version made I made version 2 with ¾ sleeves. Size 16
  • Fabric prep I pre-washed the fabric at 30c let it air dry. It didn’t require pressing. I used a rotary cutter and mat with pattern weights and pins.
  • Notions Lightweight interfacing
  • Alterations-None.
  • Fit True to size with ease. However, I feel this needs an FBA (Full bust adjustment) for my body shape.
  • Difficulty This was a little tricky due to the collar and slippy fabric, I would rate this as intermediate.
  • Top tips Use wonder clips, starch spray the collar pieces for stability at the cutting stage. Use an overlocker as this material frays.
  • Sewing time Took four evenings. One evening spent prepping and cutting out, the rest stitching up.
  • Why did I make it I’m lacking in separates and craved a challenge.
  • What would I do differently next time I would use a cotton lawn for a crisp finish and do an FBA.
  • Would I make it again Yes after learning how to do an FBA. I also think this fabric would be perfect for a dressy Kimono or pussy bow blouse.
  • Favourite thing about this make I love the pink colour in the fabric it matches my favourite lipstick shade.

Hope you take inspiration to step out your comfort zone and make something to be proud of.

Love Carrie @carrie_can_make_it


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Gorgeous Carrie! Suits you beautifully x x
Guest replied on 25/02/2019 09:11
Thank you so much x
This fabric looks gorgeous on you. Turned out lovely x
Guest replied on 25/02/2019 09:11
Thank you very much x