The Summer Blouse Complete

Looking for a pretty, feminine top that’s light enough to wear all summer? Weekend Sewing’s Summer Blouse definitely fits the bill! Honestly, this is not really the type of style that I would normally go for, but it looked so sweet and comfortable in the book’s photograph that I couldn’t resist giving it a try.
I honestly can’t comment too much on this style’s directions as I just ‘skimmed’ them – the blouse’s construction is pretty straightforward. One thing I did do that I thought made the construction process go faster is sewing the sleeve to the top, then sewing the arm and side seams all in one step (as opposed setting the sleeve into the armhole). I used a smaller hem than recommended – I really don’t think that extra inch or so will weight my material down enough to give it ‘a nice flow’.
So, with all that said, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty:
The Good: I know this has absolutely nothing to do with the Summer Blouse pattern, but I adore this fabric – it really was designed for a style like this. Overall, the top is comfortable and airy – great to wear with a tank during the summer.
The Bad: It’s probably because I don’t normally wear this style of top, but I feel like I’m wearing a mini mu-mu; it’s just very ‘roomy’. Since the Summer Blouse has a lot of ease, fabric selection is very important. Anything too heavy or stiff isn’t going to work. – all that extra fabric will make it look like you’ve put on a few pounds. Stick with sheer, lightweight fabrics and you’ll like the outcome better. You might also want to do some flat pattern measuring on the sleeve length (which I found was way too long) and overall top length (which is a bit on the short side, I think I would have preferred it to be 3 or 4 inches longer) before cutting. My last complaint is the placket – why in the world would you have someone make a deep placket when you ask them to sew 1/2 of it up before wearing it?
Don’t get me wrong, the top is great and I plan on wearing it today, but if I make it again, I’ll probably make a few design changes. One thing I won’t change? Using a fabulous gauze to sew this blouse up!

5 thoughts on “The Summer Blouse Complete

  1. sassypriscilla

    That is so pretty. You look great!
    I like the suggestion of putting the sleeve on first and then down the side. I’ve shelved that one in my mind so I hopefully remember it next time I work on a sleeve project.

  2. Tamara

    Very cute blouse! Looks great for summer. I try whenever I can (almost always) to attach the sleeve to the body before sewing up the sleeve seam. I find this method to be so much easier.

  3. Anary

    What a delightful top. Great job stacy!I would wear this like a second skin…year round 🙂
    I seriously need some time to sew up some of those book’s projects. As I can see they are well worth it!

  4. Sarah

    i made this top a couple of months ago. I chose a shirting fabric, thinking it would be light enough, but I think it needed something a bit more flowy. I shortened the sleeve abd lengthened the bodice. I ended up trying it on a million times while I took in the sides. That helped a bit. I think this is a great starting point for a shirt. It’s big enough that you can add darts and pintucks and things to add shaping, and the deep opening down the middle (add buttons or closures) will allow you to get it on. I wear mine all the time, even though it may not be the most flattering.
    Yours looks great BTW!!

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