Sew Over It Ella Blouse

I love my Anderson Blouse so when I saw that Sew Over It had released the Ella Blouse I didn’t think I needed it in my life… Then… Over Easter there was 20% off so it ended up in my basket!

I bought a fabulous geometric print, which is now in the sale at Adam Ross Fabrics in another promo code temptation! 

I’ve made a few Sew Over It Patterns so I already had an idea of changes I would need to make, so I added an inch to the sleeves to account for my chunky arms. Due to the way the style of the blouse is, I didn’t think I would need to do a FBA but this turned out to be a mistake… more on this shortly!

As with all Sew Over It patterns, it was great to follow and there’s little tips and tricks, which make it come together really easily. Like the Anderson blouse, the pattern pieces act as their own facing, which I love because I hate facings!

I was really pleased with my fabric choice, I have seen a lot of people do it in florals, but I’m trying to step away from florals slightly! I thought it may need less fabric as it is a waist length top but that’s not the case at all because it is made to wrap round you the pattern pieces are quite big and I needed a full 2 metres for it.

Once it was nearly done, I tried it on, similarly to the Boat Neck Dress it was difficult to see how it would fit without it all bring together. It wasn’t a good story at all though, I’m afraid. It was quite clear I needed a FBA on this, where it was supposed to drape it just sat open across my chest (no pictures here to save you the trauma) and it pulled all the facings out too. The fabric sat low under my boobs, which meant there was too much fabric around my waist. I could see there was enough fabric to salvage it though, so I had to quite literally sew the opening shut. I pinned it on my dressmaker dummy and pinned it in place. I then, redid the pleats so that they were much deeper and encase more of the fabric so that I wasn’t left with too much fabric gaping around my waist…

I made this with the intention of having it as work wear, I’m still having to wear a vest under it for it to feel suitable and secure but in the end it has been a good contribution to my work wardrobe which has lots of high-waisted skirts in it. Lots of people commented on it, saying it complimented me and was a great colour and it got so many nice comments on instagram (thanks guys!) so it’s maybe not as much as a nightmare as I thought.

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I would make it again but I think it would chose the Anderson Blouse over this any day.

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