I have very little to say about the Sutton Blouse. Except that it’s awesome, I love it, and I’m fairly sure that within 6 months, the majority of the tops in my closet will be various Suttons. The pattern is by the lovely Kelli of True Bias, and it’s her second pattern release. (Her first was the Hudson Pant pattern, which I’m also nuts for.)
I used a bright coral rayon challis, which has the most gorgeous liquid drape, but it’s REALLY sheer. I ended up having to underline it, which made the sleeves a little on the thick side, so they don’t hang quite like they would with only one layer of fabric. That’s my only regret about this make…Everything else I adore.
The french seams, the notched sides, the longer back, the beautiful pleat under the back yoke, the V neck… yummo. Actually, I’m considering deepening the V neck a tad on my next one. Just a tad. I made no alterations to the pattern…it fit me perfectly. Which was SO nice! Being petite, I usually have to make at least a few changes, but the generous drapey ease of this pattern makes it quite forgiving and really wearable. I was a little worried about the center front seam, especially with my underlining, because I had very little faith that I’d be able make it ripple free, but it turned out just fine.
The only time I veered from the instructions was on the hem. I had to rip out the front hem to get rid of some bad rippling (because my underlining ended up being a different size than my main fabric), and when I sewed it again I decided to do a blind hem stitch by machine. It my preferred method of hemming on delicate, flowy fabrics, and I love the way it turned out. Especially because there is no print on this fabric to hide a stitching line. The back hem still has the original straight stitch hem, but I’m gonna rip it out and give it the same treatment at some point. Or not.
I love that I can make this as a blouse, or lengthen it into a tunic, giving me lots of versatility for wearing over leggings or skinny pants. All right enough chatting. Here’s the top! (Sorry about the wrinkles…I was in a parka until 2 seconds before this freezing photo shoot, and we all know how rayon challis wrinkles at the drop of a hat!)
(All photos by Mercer Street Photography)
And now for some behind-the-scenes magic.
That’s right. I’ve stooped to the level of headphones and the iPad to keep Sadie stabilized during our photo shoots. Genius, I tell you. I’m gettin’ better at this mom thing.