I decided to road test this book and the blouse I’ve been teasing you with is Basic Pattern #7 (catchy, no?) made up in Liberty Tana Lawn purchased from Washable Fabrics on Preston Market for a tenner.
This book is delightful. There are 8 patterns in total, 7 of which has a basic and an applied version, which, as you’ve probably guessed, has a little more going on. You’ll see from the photo above, which is the blouse I made, that using pattern #7 you can make an adorable blouse or a lovely summer dress.
As well as the patterns the book also has a wealth of clearly photographed advice to give you the best chance of getting a great result.
The patterns traced from printed pattern sheets that are stored in the back of the book. A word to the wise….they don’t include seam allowances to do allow for that when tracing. Ask me how I know!!!
Given the chance I’d change a couple of things about this book, but they are only minor gripes.
So…to the blouse. I really enjoyed sewing this one. It’s beautifully drafted with facings to the front and armholes and bias binding to the back neckline. The front ruffles and round collar add a sweet touch without being overly twee. This is a good thing. I’m not mad on ruffles but these hit the mark.
I cut a size 120 for my 116cm tall 7 year old, based not only on height but chest measurements.
I couldn’t be happier with the result.
Button loves it too!
The details on this top are really quite lovely.
Now, if you, like me, have a very pernickety small girl to sew for then I suspect that you’d like a copy of this book too. Good job I’ve got a couple of copies to give away, then! 😉
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