Last Saturday I had a full blown cold going on- I felt like one giant ball of grossness. So I used it as an excuse not to leave my sewing space all day! (It's in the kitchen- warm and close proximity to tea). From my pile of A/W sewing projects I plucked the Airelle Blouse, by Deer and Doe to put together. I was really excited, this is my first foray into using independent patterns. I cut out a size 40 and went for the whole thing, sleeves, collar and all.
I used this fabulous lightweight fabric, which I think is 100% cotton. I love polka dots! I found this in one of the vintage shops in Leicester's city centre, £5 for about 3 meters. It was only about 30" wide, so I knew it was pretty old. This meant I was a little nervous about cutting into it, but I was super careful and and took care when making it up to make sure I made something I would be really happy with. As it was so narrow, I had to use the whole thing just to make this top, there really was just scraps left over.
I had absolutely no issues with construction, the instructions were clear and the everything went together really easily. Even the sleeves went in with minimal fuss, and seeing that this was only the third time I've set in sleeves (and I had major issues last time), I was dead pleased! I used French seams on the bodice and the sleeves, fake flat felled seams on the front yoke and top stitched the back yoke piece. I'm really pleased with the finish, looks great! :D
The only seams I haven't finished neatly are the ones at the sleeve to body join, any advice on finishing them neatly, please?
So after finishing this on Saturday, I've warn this top three times already- I love it!! It goes well with a skirt, tucked in, or with jeans- versatile! I was a little unsure about the fit at first because I usually wear more fitted clothes, but once I got used to the baggier fit I was perfectly happy. I'm fully planning on making a second and third version already. The next top will be in this beautiful silky, floral cotton from John Lewis haberdash, and then I'm going to make it in to a dress! So excited already!