May I present to you – the Lottie blouse! Probably my new favourite pattern. It hasn’t been featured too much in the online sewing community, though, perhaps because the only chance to get hold of it is by buying the latest issue of Love Sewing Magazine. I didn’t like the magazine too much (it’s only their second issue) and mainly bought it because of the Lottie pattern set (skirt and blouse) and the cute tape measure that came with it.
I’m pretty sure you can still get it in stores (I’ve seen it at WHS, Sainsbury’s etc) and the pattern makes it totally worth buying.
The pattern is very basic, quick to trace and sew. I haven’t tried the skirt pattern yet (a very simple pencil skirt), but I already made three blouses!
There were a few issues with the pattern, though (mainly the instructions), which I personally didn’t mind too much but they could be quite confusing for the “adventurous beginner” this pattern is made for. Some of the diagrams had a few mistakes and were in the wrong order, which can mess up the whole sewing process if you are not aware of it (or at least make the whole thing harder than it really is).
I really love the fit of the blouse and the pattern probably works best with drapey fabrics. For this blouse I used a viscose/polyester fabric with an elephant print, that didn’t drape as well as I thought it would, but I still like how the blouse turned out. I also made a bright red version with a very lightweight rayon fabric (my favourite of the three I’ve made so far); I will share this one with you another time.I bought the fabric on Walthamstow Market the other day when I was shopping with Dani. Next to the elephants I also got the same fabric in a different colour and a super adorable scottie print. I suppose the scotties will be used for a Mimi blouse, which is on top of my to-sew list at the moment.
So this is the first of the many blouses you will see on le blog in the future. I always thought dresses were my thing, but when I’m at work I always end up wearing trousers. I sometimes feel like I sew what I would like to wear instead of sewing garments I acutally wear in every day life. That’s why I decided to sew more things I actually need and not only things I think are cute and pretty.
Do you wear what you sew?
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