Back to Sewjourn makes again! As soon as I heard that Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S was releasing patterns for women, I got a little excited. I adore her children’s patterns, and unsurprisingly once the Liesl + Co range was released two of the patterns quickly appeared in my inbox. There is the option of having them printed at a plan printer, but in this case I used my home printer, scissors and sticky tape. While watching an episode of Beauty and the Geek (there is nothing quite like trash tv to make pdf pattern taping bearable).
This is the Weekend Getaway blouse – appropriately made while I was at Sewjourn! This pattern comes in a blouse and a dress length, and can have long sleeves or these short cut-on ones. It is a simple top, but like all the Oliver + S patterns that I have sewn, it has attractive details. The front facings are sewn on in a way that gives the lovely pleat folding into a v-neckline with collar – unusual and flattering! The centre back has an inverted and top-stitched pleat at the neckline that gives shape. The back neckline is finished with a bias strip.
One of the great things about this pattern is that it comes with instructions for doing a FBA if your bust is C cup or above. I sewed my top up at size 12, with a C cup (half an inch) FBA. I think that the fit is great.
The fabric came from the Darn Cheap Fabrics $2 clearance table (score!) and was delightful to work with. It is cotton with a silver dot print. It ironed well – although I made sure to iron from the wrong side wherever possible and to use a pressing cloth – and was a breeze to sew. Clare has put in an order for the pinwheel tunic and slip dress in this fabric. Maybe on my next trip to Sewjourn – which is only a couple of weeks away! And just in case you were wondering, I do already have another Weekend Getaway blouse cut out, this time in printed rayon.