I can’t believe it’s March already, and this is my first blog for 2018! But I suppose at least I’m blogging again right? And what better pattern to blog about than the Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread
It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on this long sleeve version that Olga made and so of course, I had to copy and make a long sleeve version of the blouse as well! This pattern comes in sizes 12 month through to 12 years and includes:
- two different collar options: a classic Peter Pan collar and a scalloped collar
- two sleeve choices: cap sleeves (regular and scalloped) and long sleeves and;
- charming decorative tucks on the front shoulder bodice plus
- a removable ties/bows to give it that sweet retro vibe.
I was very tempted to the removable ties to go with the blouse but after looking at little miss’s fabric choice, I thought it was just a tad too busy and you won’t really notice it (not that you can even see the lovely tucks on the blouse as is 😦 )
I originally picked a liberty of london tana lawn for the blouse which I think suited the vintage vibe of the blouse but little miss had other ideas (and I must agree, it was a very stylish choice) opting for my polyester leopard print fabric (from The Fabric Store in Sydney). Luckily the blouse is quite economical so there is enough fabric left for me to make a skirt, possibly a blouse (maybe Olga might consider an adult version?) to match little miss?
I really enjoyed sewing up the blouse (though the fabric was a little fiddly and I had to be extra careful) but still it sewed up quite fast. I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern and the only difference I made was to understitch the peter pan collar so that it lies flat especially with such thin fabric. Like Olga’s other patterns, this pattern includes seam allowance and notches which are my two favourite things in a pattern and her instructions are clear and easy to follow. If you are making the long sleeve with elastic cuff like I have and hate using a safety pin to pull through the elastic, then you may want to try this tip. Instead of cutting the elastic to the measured amount, mark the measured length on the elastic with a chalk or pen.Then take the elastic piece still uncut and fold your fabric around the elastic to the seam allowance amount. Leaving your elastic lying flat, stitch the edge of your hem (making sure not to stitch on the elastic as you sew) around the sleeve hem and don’t forget to leave a small opening.Next, use a pin to hold the starting end of the elastic, and with the other end of the elastic, pull it through till you see your marking, which is where you cut the elastic and join the ends as per usual. Does that make sense? Hopefully the pictures help 🙂 Well as you can see, little miss was super please with her blouse and she loves the fact that she can tie the front to give it another fashionable look! Now if you haven’t sewn a Coffee + Thread pattern before, I highly recommend it and during the tour, you can use the code ‘Ninapatterntour’ to get 20% off your total purchase till March 19, 11:59 pm Central (Chicago) time zone.
Happy sewing xx