I'm really excited to host this lovely guest post by our newest teacher, Angela Helge. After Angela bought fabric for her third Datura blouse, I asked her if she would do a guest post about this pattern, and she enthusiastically agreed (Angela is almost always enthusiastic :)). Angela has been a teacher for over 15 years for both kids and adults. She has been knitting and sewing for as many years, and is passionate about learning new techniques and trying new things. She is a bright, positive person, with an infectious smile, and I know you're going to love taking her classes! First up is her Ruched Scarf class- check it out! In just 2 hours, you'll be fall ready. And now, on to her post about the Datura Blouse (a pattern we carry in the shop, and a new class too!)... ...............................................................................................
Hi, I'm Angela, a big fan and customer of Finch Sewing Studio. Finch has introduced me to a whole new world of great sewing patterns and beautiful fabrics.
Nicole raved to me about the patterns from the French line Deer and Doe so I knew I just had to try one. I decided to start with the Datura Blouse pattern because I liked the easy look of the pattern and the opportunity to try some garment fabrics. Finch has a wonderful selection of fabrics to chose from, that you won't find at your other fabric stores. The hardest part was choosing which fabric to use first. Luckily the Datura blouse has a top yoke that gave me the option to use two contrasting fabrics. I chose the Kaffe Fasset shot cotton in mushroom for the yoke with a contrasting Bari J for Art Gallery fabric for the body. If you have never used shot cotton, you must check out Finch's large selection. It is such soft fabric with beautiful depth to the color that feels great to sew and wear. The pattern suggests a more lightweight fabric with a drape, so these two fabrics were great options.
The Datura pattern has a few options for the yoke of the blouse. I chose to do a simple crew neck version simply because I prefer a less fussy look and it was one less step. :)
It was such a joy to only have four pattern pieces to cut out. This let me get to the fun part quicker…the sewing. I purchased 3/4 of a yard of the shot cotton for the top yoke and a yard of the Into the Wild Lilac print for the bottom. Both amounts of the 44" wide fabric gave me plenty of fabric for my top with only scraps of the shot cotton and enough of the print left over for a small project later.
I chose to make the size 40 (euro) since Nicole mentioned these French Deer and Doe patterns run pretty true to size and I was in between sizes on the bust measurement. I think the sizing worked out pretty great. The top could be a little more fitted on the shoulders for me but with a small adjustment next time this could be fixed. The flow of the pattern worked out nicely. It wasn't too wordy and the simple pictures were easy to follow. The straps were unlike anything I had done before so I was happy to be sewing this pattern for the first time at the Friday Night Sewcial where I could get help and explanation from the very knowledgeable and helpful, Nicole. Deer and Doe labels this pattern as advanced but I don't see why a confident beginner couldn't tackle it too. With only four pieces it really wasn't hard to do.
I enjoyed sewing this pattern so much that I ran right back to Finch the following week to buy more Kaffe Fasset shot cotton in Apple this time with a beautiful contrasting Amy Butler fabric. I love this one just as much as the first. I am so happy to have been introduced to the world of independent designer patterns. I look forward to sewing my next Deer and Doe pattern…now to chose which great fabric to use.
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