Saturday, 10 May 2014

Great British Sewing Bee - Button Back Blouse Pattern Review

I've noticed that my post about the tunic pattern from the Great British Sewing Bee has been getting quite a lot a views recently, most probably all the people struggling with the facing like me and looking for answers! (and not finding any... sorry about that!) And I know when I am thinking about buying a pattern or stuck on a project, I always go to google to search for pattern reviews.
So since I was intending to do most of the projects in the GBSB book anyway, I've decided to make sure to post a review on each one so anyone looking for opinions on a pattern can get some answers.

I've been so excited about this pattern in the book, as it's a version of the Mathilde blouse by Tilly Walnes, of www.tillyandthebuttons.com fame. I was going to buy the pattern so was super excited to find it was in the book. However I was a little disappointed to find it was the version without tucks, (which I really liked) but I guess this was to simplify the pattern a little. Since I love my finished version and intend to make some more...I can always do some with tucks too!

This was my first time using chambray fabric, which I found to be a lovely soft fabric and very easy to work with. It was also my first time doing puffed sleeves and buttonholes. I found the pattern walked you through set sleeves and gathering the puff sleeves quite well, but there was very little help for buttonholes and I didn't understand the section in the book relating to this. I found it pretty straightforward though after reading my sewing machine manual.


So here's my review:

Pattern Description:
Button-back blouse, described as fun, flattering and easy to sew. All of which I would agree with!
 
Pattern Sizing:
For women's sizes 8-16.
 
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think so!
 
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy.
 
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I looooved this pattern. Particularly the way it fits, its just the right amount of loose whilst being very flattering.
 
Fabric Used:
Chambray
 
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I decided not to do the piping as I couldn't decide on a colour, and I also used 6 smaller buttons rather than 5 2cm self-cover ones as I had some beautiful Cath Kidston ones given to me at Christmas.
 
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, definitely, maybe in a patterned cotton lawn next time.
 
Conclusion:
I am very happy with it. The fabric is a lovely colour and drape, and it fits really well. The only issue I have was with the cuffs, which I found to be around an inch to tight meaning it is a bit too tight to go beyond my elbows. Who knows maybe I have chunky arms for a size 10?!
 
So there we go, this is definitely my favourite item in my wardrobe so far, perfect for wearing in Me Made May 14! 
 


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