Thursday, 6 January 2011

Barcelona Blouse ~ Completed


Barcelona Blouse ~ Pattern Brensan Studio


Garment Details:

Pattern: Barcelona Blouse

Pattern Description:

This beautiful V-neck traditional Princess-Seam Blouse has a surprise twist.
The center front and sleeve contrast trim is optional so you have more choices! A great addition to any wardrobe, make without the trim for a great basic blouse, or use a contrast for the trim and collar and make the blouse your fashion statement.

Pattern Sizes:

Small,Med,Large & X-Large 
I made the small with some alterations.

Notions:

4-22 mm buttons for the front, 2- 18mm for the cuffs.
Embroidery thread #1071 - button holes & topstitching.
Pro-Weft Fusible Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing  it?

Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Extremely easy. Very well laid out and tips throughout.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the style and the details of the sleeves.
I had also come across the Barcelona blouse on Pam's blog, Off the Cuff  and really  liked hers.


Fabric Used:

Corduroy ~  (called Silky Corduroy) 
After buying the fabric I went back to the store to get the fabric content.
The fabric is called silky because of the smoothness of the fabric.
The fabric is 70% cotton, 30% viscose. It feels soft almost like a flannel...

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I took in the princess seams, front and back, by quite a bit. (I didn't measure but I'd guess appox 1")
I think an x-small would have been closer to my size.
I prefer the feeling of a more fitted cuff against my wrists so I did keep the open cuff detail but added a button to partially close the opening. That feels comfortable to me and I do like that detail.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I like the fit of this blouse and because of the trim details for the front and cuffs,  I can see this blouse being made up again and playing around with the trim options.
I highly recommend this pattern.

Conclusion:

I enjoyed making this blouse. The instructions were easy to follow and the pattern pieces went together perfectly.

Brensan Studio also has a Blog ~ Bren's Sewing Blog.

I will add another picture next time I wear the shirt!





14 comments:

Renee said...

Lovely blouse! It looks very versatile. The fabric sounds heavenly.

Faye Lewis said...

Wonderful blouse. Love those buttons.

Carolyn said...

Your blouse is beautiful. Simply chic and elegant. I look forward to seeing a picture of you wearing it here!

KellysSewing said...

Beautiful blouse!

MushyWear said...

A white blouse with these neat design features will look good with so many things. What a great addition to your wardrobe.

Linda T said...

Beautiful!

Lisette M said...

Gorgeous! So classic.

RiAnge Creations. Ltd. said...

Nice blouse. I better get started on mine.
Angela

Vicki said...

Very nice! Love the collar and cuffs.

ClaireOKC said...

Silky Corduroy? Wow, this sounds like a find - what fabric store did you get this in? It smooth and like a flannel. I've been looking for something like this! Would love to know where you got it! The blouse is great - never too many white ones!

Sister said...

Oh, that is just stunning! I LOVE that blouse - the collar, the sleeves, the style is just awesome. I've been researching 3 patterns for a white blouse, and I think I have to look at this one now.

Sew Passionista said...

Your blouse is lovely and I'm so sorry fo rnot having seen before this but I really couldn't even surf the blogs these last couple of weeks.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

That is a beautiful blouse and the fabric sure doesn't look like corduroy! Great job!

Tany said...

Just wonderful, the details are exquisite!