Tops, blouses and shirts

Colour blocking

Colour blocking doesn’t seem to be fading in popularity. It definitely isn’t in my house.

almond rock minerva blogger network colour block viscose

I’ve been waiting to sew this cute little vintage pattern since I gleefully picked it up at a sewing meet-up/ swap. A May Minerva Blogger make seemed like a good opportunity!

There are three really good variations in this pattern but I was smitten with the inset variation seen in yellow.

almond rock minerva blogger network colour block viscose

This was a pretty simple make but I think it looks really effective. I used two colours of 56 inch wide plain viscose.

The back and outer front bodice are made from the navy blue and the inset from the purple, which is actually a really pretty violet colour.

I have to say the navy feels wonderful. I know they should be exactly the same handle in slightly different colours but the navy has a slightly softer hand. It’s also lovely and cool the way viscose should be.

almond rock minerva blogger network colour block viscoseThe inset is really easy to sew and only requires a little more focus when reaching end of the point.

As you can see these sleeves look different to the pattern. Because it’s quite loose fit in the bodice I felt a bit boxy in the grown on sleeves as well, so I removed them and added a fluttery cap sleeve. I even lined the sleeves in purple so every now and then they show a peek of colour.

almond rock minerva blogger network colour block viscose

And because the team at Minerva are so good they included the perfect colour match in gütermann thread for me to use – colour 718 matches the violet and colour 387 matches the navy. Perfect!

(22) Comments

  1. The cIntrastate at the sleeves is genius.

    1. Ahhh autocorrect! ‘contrast’

    2. almondrock says:

      Thank you! It’s a fun little touch that occasionally peeks through 🙂

    3. almondrock says:

      I don’t know what a cIntrastate is but I like the sound of it!

  2. Sarah says:

    firstly, amazing polka dot wall and secondly, how badly does the viscose crumple? I love wearing viscose but am nervous of plain colours as I feel like it shows the creases up more

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! It can look a little rumpled over the course of the day. A poly mix viscose can last a bit longer but don’t have the same soft drape. E.g. here the purple doesn’t crease after wearing but the navy does a bit.

  3. Wendy says:

    The top looks really good but love your spotty wallpaper. Spots and stripes are my favourites in everything!

    1. almondrock says:

      Hee hee thanks. This was my first ever wallpapering attempt! Mum was a good teacher.

  4. I love this top! great job!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! It’s so lovely to wear.

  5. This is beautiful! Love the combination of navy & purple!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! The purple is so fun. But the navy is such a lovely cool fabric

  6. Love this top, it looks so modern you would never of thought it was a vintage pattern! What number needle for you use on viscos, is it a ball point?
    Loving your polka dot wall! Samantha

    1. almondrock says:

      Clever right!? Modern and vintage at the same time. I use a really fine standard needle, size 70. Thanks for liking the polka dots!

  7. Lovely top! My favourite thing about vintage is when it manages to look modern too – this nails it!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I love how it turned out too. I could make it again with a different fabric and bet it would come out more vintage!

  8. RainDayPerson says:

    Really nice, I love the faced sleeves.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks so much!

  9. Love this colorblocking! I was surprised to see this was a vintage style- it looks so current!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Funny right? I bet if I made it again it would turn out really vintage. It’s a total chameleon pattern!

  10. Really cute top! Long live colour blocking 😀

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! WOOOO HOOOO! I agree, colour blocking all the time.

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