The Love Notions Lotus Blossom Blouse comes in a very wide range of sizes. I’ve made the kid size before for Clare (you can see it here) and thought at the time that I should sew it for myself. Last November at Sewjourn I did exactly that!
From their website: Do the twist! This top is simple but packs a fun surprise. The dolman sleeved blouse is a flattering top meant for light weight drapey knits that are the same on front and back. The neckline features a gradual v-neck that is a breeze to sew. The back of the blouse can feature a special fabric such as stretch lace or a really cool scrap of knit you’ve been hoarding for years. The surprise in this blouse is the twist at the front. The shirt-tail hem really makes this top a great choice for just about any pants or skirt style. Available in girl’s sizes 2T-16 as well as ladies XS-XXXL.
The are right – this is a quick and easy sew! It is super important that your fabric look pretty much the same on both sides, as one half of the front piece shows the reverse as a function of making the twist in the bottom. I chose not to do a back inset on this version.
The fabric was a perfect choice – its a drapey viscose knit, not too thin, but not too thick. I think that it came from Darn Cheap Fabrics $2 table. The colour is very slightly marled in real life and has considerable depth. It has just the right amount of drape for this top. I don’t think that a cotton/lycra would work half as nicely.
The front neckline is finished before the twist is done and the centre front seam sewn up. This looks much more complex than it actually is. It’s important to pay attention to markings though. I suspect that I sewed the size Medium. I really think that I do need to sew this top again. Maybe I can add some long sleeves for winter? I’ve worn this one a bit for work, as it pairs really nicely with a straight knit skirt and cardi/jacket.
So I think that they are right – this top IS “flattering”! It’s the right colour to bring out my skin tone, the V-neckline is a shape that I prefer, it doesn’t constrict or bind my pot gut and most importantly for me feels really comfortable on. Hooray!