I nearly made two of this blouse, just in case I got a hole in one!

10 Jul

Waheeeyyyy I finally can share my Sassy Librarian Blouse with you!

(Plus I’ll be announcing my Giveaway winner!)

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I was lucky enough to sign up for the course that accompanies this blouse when Craftsy had a free class day.

I’d seen so many great variations of this blouse that it really intrigued me if the style would suit me.

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At the blogger meet up I chose a Liberty cotton tana lawn print that had tiny golfers and greens in a purple, lialc and apple green colour way.

Erica also bought this groovy fabric in a red and blue colourway, great minds think alike.

I went for view 2 – with pleats, the bow and the tab. As soon as Christine mentioned Mary Tyler Moore I was like hells yes, that’s what I’m after.

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What do you normally do on a sunny evening? Of course you go up to the roof terrace and do a golf themed photo shoot!

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I’m really pleased I made this blouse as it’s a pretty different and unique design.

Perhaps I’d make a couple of changes next time though:

  • I’d definitely lower the back neckline as it’s a bit too high which makes it gape.
  • I’d also lower the front a touch as the tab and bow hit a little too high for comfort when I look down.
  • I might also swap out the release pleats for darts as I feel they aren’t as flattering on me as I’m used to.
  • I’d also experiment with using more overlocked edges and see if they add any bulk to the insides.

The class was pretty well run and perfectly tailored for beginners.

As I had a little more experience I was chomping at the bit to fast forward a little and see the next step but it probably did me some good to stop and watch all the parts.

I do wish details were added in to explain how to use french seams on this blouse. I figured it out myself but bet loads of people had the same head scratching moments that I did. I much prefer the insides with french seams when using a delicate cotton lawn like this.

I also sneakily sewed down my facings, behind one of the pleat flaps. This way my seams (trapped between my facings and outer fabric) definitely won’t fray which is something I was worried about.

Christine is such a sweetheart, explaining everything carefully and clearly, and I really liked that she always looked well put together and was so softly spoken.

The paper pattern wasn’t too fiddly to print and stick, though I did still end up tracing it out afterwards as I had so many amendments to make after my muslin.

I’d definitely recommend the class and it’s inspired me to see what other classes Craftsy has that I could take.

Giveaway winner announcement!

Now what you’re probably all waiting for.

Congratulations Darlene!

winner winner chicken dinner

40 Responses to “I nearly made two of this blouse, just in case I got a hole in one!”

  1. Clipped Curves July 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Cute blouse and I’m loving the golfing photo shoot! Congrats to Darkene too.

    • Almond Rock July 11, 2013 at 7:39 am #

      Thanks very much! Not sure I’m ready for the Open but it was fun playing about

  2. smittenness July 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Looks lovely, such a cute blouse. French seams are so elegant, good choice!

  3. Louise - There She Sews July 10, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Wow – that looks fantastic. Like you say it’s a really unique style.
    Whilst I have an overlocker, I do tend to stick with french seams mostly these days as I just think it gives a nicer finish. I’ve also discovered finishing the edges of my facing with bias binding which I think gives a lovely neat finish too.

    • Almond Rock July 11, 2013 at 7:41 am #

      Ooh yeah bias binding inside is a sneaky fun way of keeping everything looking swish inside. I should do that more often

  4. sewbusylizzy July 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Super cute and that fabric is perfection!

    • Almond Rock July 11, 2013 at 7:42 am #

      Thank you! I love looking at all the different little dudes on there

  5. Gjeometry July 11, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    “Who can turn the world on with a smile?….Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?….Well, it’s you girl and you know it!” Especially in your Sassy Librarian blouse, love it! I have this pattern and course as well, but have not begun the class yet. I was thinking to make the version with little sleeves and a collar, but I love this version, as well. Thanks for the tips you’ve offered, and I see in the pics, the back neckline gapes a tad, didn’t realize that would be because it was too high! Good to know for when I cut mine. Are you going to make the other version as well?

    • Almond Rock July 11, 2013 at 7:45 am #

      Been mentally humming this all morning. Still at it now! 🙂 you’ll love this class. So much mixing and matching possible with the top. Can’t wait to see your version!

      • Gjeometry July 11, 2013 at 8:45 am #

        You and me both! I have had the class for several weeks now, even have the fabric!! So, what’s my problem?? Sew, already!! Lol.

    • Almond Rock July 11, 2013 at 7:47 am #

      Ps. A too high neckline does usually cause gaping but lowering it with the right curve can usually fix it. I’m totally making another

      • Gjeometry July 11, 2013 at 8:46 am #

        Are you going to make the other version with the little cap sleeves and peter pan collar? that’s the one I had ‘earmarked’.

  6. Tabatha Tweedie July 11, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Good title! Love the blouse so much, especially the bow and tab.

  7. Amanda July 11, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    This is all kinds of amazing! I love the print and the binding in the purple- lovely!

  8. charityshopchic July 11, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Very cute, love the fabric and the bow especially! And I giggled when I saw your golf themed photoshoot. 🙂

  9. Kirsty July 11, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Love it. The perfect fabric and the fit looks good.

  10. Roisin Muldoon July 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Pure lols, and so cute! I’ve been oohing over your sneaky pics over on instagram and it looks even better in a themed photoshoot! Makes me want to watch Pat and Mike again 🙂

    • Almond Rock July 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      Did I reply to this? I don’t think I know who Pat and Mike are!? Am I losing it??

  11. sewexhausted July 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Super cute! Who would have thought someone could take some pretty cute golfer fabric and turn it in to such a great piece of clothing. There was a time I would have just relegated the cute cotton prints to a quilt but seeing the great garments people make with super cool prints challenges me to start using them as well! ~Laurie

  12. Claire (aka Seemane) July 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Very cute blouse 🙂

  13. Lynne July 12, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Your blouse is gorgeous! I love the pleats, they look so neat. I bought this class to, and agree with what you’ve said about it. Christine is lovely, and explains everything really well. Sadly I had problems fitting the back of mine. I had to do a ginormous sway back adjustment, and I just couldn’t get the lovely darts at the back to work with it. Maybe I’ll revisit it some day.

  14. Mellie July 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Lovely to see your golfers in action you do look very Sassy – I too used a Liberty for my version. I used the overlocker for my seams as I set my sleeves in flat and then adjust to fit I put a clear press snap at the neck which keeps the neckline prim.Liberty fabrics wash so well I think they even get better with age..

  15. Almond Rock July 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    Oooh a press snap is such a good idea thank you

  16. Sabs July 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    It looks great! Especially love the pleats. Did you get odd looks playing golf in a golf print shirt on the roof?!

    • Almond Rock July 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      Ooooh yes. A guy came up and looked at me like I was an alien. But I carried on anyway heehehe.

  17. powell2317 July 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Lovely and the fabric suits the blouse perfectly. I got this class too & haven’t gotten around to it yet so you’ve inspired me to get a move on!

    • Almond Rock July 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      I really recommend it. Look forward to seeing yours too!

  18. poppykettle July 16, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    That is one gorgeous blouse – I like everything about it, and it looks great on you!

  19. Zoe July 17, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    Pretty blouse! I agree with lowering the neckline, I would do it too.

    • Almond Rock July 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Just need to get round to making another! 🙂

  20. Marie July 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Oh my god, this blouse is amazing! What a great job you’ve done and I love the golf-themed photo shoot ;o)

    • Almond Rock July 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you! I don’t mind looking like an idiot if it makes the blog more entertaining!

  21. Claire (aka Seemane) July 19, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Such a cute blouse 🙂

  22. The Amazing Taracat July 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    This looks absolutely gorgeous on you. I just bought this class as a gift for a friend who has just started sewing. i may have to sign up myself after seeing yours.

    • Almond Rock July 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      I’d recommend it. Super easy but looks very swish when youre done!

  23. thisblogisnotforyou August 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    such an amazing blouse! absolutely gorgeous!

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