I rather like the serendipity of having sewn the Liesl and Co Weekend Getaway Blouse on a weekend getaway (Sewjourn, of course).
I’ve actually sewn this blouse a couple of times before, but both times in the short sleeeved version. It was time to sew one for cooler weather. The fabric came to me via Restash, and it feels like a barkcloth. Definitely medium weight.
Because I’ve sewn it before the pattern pieces were already printed, assembled and cut out. This top was a skerrick too small when it was first sewn up; a combination between my weight gain and the fabric weight. Fortunately I was able to let it out through the side seams. Thank goodness for
5/8″ seam allowances! EDIT – they’re actually 1/2″ seam allowances! That might help to explain things…..
The front collar and pleats are actually very easy to construct, although I remember that I managed to sew it on the reverse side the first time around – habit of putting right sides together seemed to override following the instructions! Speaking of instructions, as with all Liesl and Co patterns they are excellent, as is the pattern drafting.
From the pattern website: This pull-on blouse or dress is perfect to wear any day and anywhere. With a relaxed fit and a flattering V-neck, the pattern features kimono-style sleeves (meaning no sleeves to set-in) and no closures, making it very easy to sew. The blouse is designed with short sleeves. The dress includes cuffed, 3/4-length sleeves and tabbed pockets. The front facing provides an opportunity to use a fun contrasting or complimentary fabric. Suggested Fabrics: This pattern works best with drapey fabrics like lawn, voile, rayon, silk charmeuse or crepe de chine, satin, and open-weave linen.
The simple 3/4 length sleeve allows for turning back into a cuff. This is a blouse that can be worn in most situation, depending on the type of fabric that you use. Definitely worth having in the collection.