Waheeeyyyy I finally can share my Sassy Librarian Blouse with you!
(Plus I’ll be announcing my Giveaway winner!)
I was lucky enough to sign up for the course that accompanies this blouse when Craftsy had a free class day.
I’d seen so many great variations of this blouse that it really intrigued me if the style would suit me.
At the blogger meet up I chose a Liberty cotton tana lawn print that had tiny golfers and greens in a purple, lialc and apple green colour way.
Erica also bought this groovy fabric in a red and blue colourway, great minds think alike.
I went for view 2 – with pleats, the bow and the tab. As soon as Christine mentioned Mary Tyler Moore I was like hells yes, that’s what I’m after.
What do you normally do on a sunny evening? Of course you go up to the roof terrace and do a golf themed photo shoot!
I’m really pleased I made this blouse as it’s a pretty different and unique design.
Perhaps I’d make a couple of changes next time though:
- I’d definitely lower the back neckline as it’s a bit too high which makes it gape.
- I’d also lower the front a touch as the tab and bow hit a little too high for comfort when I look down.
- I might also swap out the release pleats for darts as I feel they aren’t as flattering on me as I’m used to.
- I’d also experiment with using more overlocked edges and see if they add any bulk to the insides.
The class was pretty well run and perfectly tailored for beginners.
As I had a little more experience I was chomping at the bit to fast forward a little and see the next step but it probably did me some good to stop and watch all the parts.
I do wish details were added in to explain how to use french seams on this blouse. I figured it out myself but bet loads of people had the same head scratching moments that I did. I much prefer the insides with french seams when using a delicate cotton lawn like this.
I also sneakily sewed down my facings, behind one of the pleat flaps. This way my seams (trapped between my facings and outer fabric) definitely won’t fray which is something I was worried about.
Christine is such a sweetheart, explaining everything carefully and clearly, and I really liked that she always looked well put together and was so softly spoken.
The paper pattern wasn’t too fiddly to print and stick, though I did still end up tracing it out afterwards as I had so many amendments to make after my muslin.
I’d definitely recommend the class and it’s inspired me to see what other classes Craftsy has that I could take.
Giveaway winner announcement!
Now what you’re probably all waiting for.