It’s funny to me when women post in the sewing groups about being terrified of a certain fabric type because I have been there. Wovens or knits??? Which did you start sewing with first? Well, I started sewing with knit fabric first making sewing with wovens a daunting task. When several of the pdf designers launched woven patterns this spring/summer, I decided it was time to conquer wovens. For every couple of knit projects I made this summer, I tried to throw in a woven project. I have no idea why I was so scared! I mean, when you press a woven, it stays!! Well, with the exception of chiffon, and who really loves to sew with chiffon? Definitely not me.
Patterns for Pirates declared this the “Summer of Wovens.” Judy and the team have added another woven pattern to their arsenal with the release of the Brunch Blouse. (Some of my other P4P woven projects can be found here and here.)
The Brunch Blouse is a Dolman style woven top, dress, or tank with several options to round out the finishes.
Cuffed sleeves with an optional button tab- check. Henley style placket- check. Accent chest pockets- check. I have made two versions already, but with so many options to go, I see several more in my near future.
Initially, I sewed up the short sleeve curved hem top as seen below.
Usually when I sew my first version of a garment, I like to sew the basic version for fitting purposes. I immediately loved the shell of this green short sleeve version, but I knew I needed to jazz it up a bit. I used the optional topstiching in the tutorial to use an accent thread to my otherwise solid green top.
The Dolman style sleeve leads to bunching in the underarms simply due to the style of the sleeve. However, the bust darts and the slightly slimmer cut through the waist gives this top a good shape.
Again, I knew I loved the shell of this top so for version number two I expanded on my original.
This is the cuffed short sleeve with the optional button tab and one front chest pocket (which is the same fabric making it hard to see). This fabric was from Hobby Lobby’s spring line earlier this year.
This button tab gives me all of the heart eyes. It is a simple touch that really adds some interest.
I know I should have tried a different hem line, but why mess with something you know will work well?
I love this paired with skinnies and boots. And, yes, I am a southern girl so I own cowboy boots. And, yes, my calves are too big for knee high so mine are slouchy cowboy boots.
I almost forgot to talk about the back seam. The back pieces have a slight swayback alteration included making blessed backside women like me extremely happy!
Overall, this top make me excited to sew more with wovens. It is a great basic woven top with enough options to fill up your wardrobe.
Until next time….sewing and sipping,
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