Category Archives: Weekend Sewing Summer Blouse

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!

Summer Blouse – Part 1

It’s been about a week since I first mentioned that I was going to sew up the summer blouse, so I suppose it’s time for a progress report. Thus far, I have constructed the entire front of the blouse, attached the back, and bound the neckline:

As for the directions, well, I’m just using them as ‘guidelines’. I had read quite while ago that this particular pattern had several errors, so I’m just using the bold headers and the illustrations to guide me though construction. Of course there are drawbacks to this – I neglected to see that this pattern needed bias binding which forced me to quit sewing early to make some. Now on to the sleeves!

Up Next: The Summer Blouse

I guess it’s safe to say that I’m crazy about Weekend Sewing as I have made several projects from the book now…. and I think I’m ready for another. I’ve managed to trace off the summer blouse, but had put it on the back burner as other projects came up. Now with summer coming to an end (Taylor starts school in two weeks) I thought I had better get back to this top before “summer” no longer suits the name of this blouse!
Originally, I had wanted to use a double gauze fabric, but I never could find some that I liked that was within my budget. So, instead, I searched my fabric closet and found a fabulous gauze that I had picked up from Gorgeous Fabrics last year. I’ll be putting up information on the sidebar this afternoon, after I have a chance to photograph the fabric! What’s next on your sewing table?