*** Available to order from February 15 to March 15. Ships on April 1 ***
The Alma Blouse is a feminine, semi-fitted blouse with darts that create a fitted silhouette without being too tight. It also includes an optional tie belt to cinch the waistline and it closes at the side with an invisible zipper.
There are two qualities of the Alma Blouse that made it a perfect choice for our Lightweight Box. 1) It is ideal for lightweight cottons, making it a great introductory blouse for beginners. 2) It's got so many customization options - cap sleeve, long sleeve, notch collar, peter-pan collar, tie-waist - the list goes on. This one pattern can net you 9 different tops!! And while we only provide you with fabric for one, you can certainly turn the pattern into a staple of your wardrobe.
For fabrics, we chose three lightweight yet easy-to-sew cottons. And no, not quilting cottons, though they would work fine. These are high-thread-count shirting fabrics that will last you for years. In terms of color, we are embracing the springtime theme with a lighter and softer palette. Gone are the black and deep saturated tones of our previous boxes, in are florals, stripes and pastels, three words certain to lighten your mood and brighten your day.
Skill Level: Advance Beginner (with at least a few projects under your belt)
What you should know (or desire to learn): Sewing sewing darts, attaching sleeves, inserting an invisible zipper, attaching a collar (if using).
- Blue Variable Stripe Cotton Shirting - There's something about blue stripes that make me think of the seaside. Maybe it's the swimming costumes that you see in old photographs, maybe it's an association with seersucker, but either way, this fabric makes me think of warmer weather. Soft and lightweight, this 100% cotton shirting has a pattern of alternating bands of stripes that has as much interest up close as it does from afar. You'll also love how the fabric, with just enough crispness, feels against your skin, especially when the hot weather hits. Plus, because we're including enough fabric to make the long-sleeved version, feel free to play around with the direction of the stripes on a short-sleeved version. A bias-cut collar or even a whole bias-cut bodice would be stunning.
- Petit Fleur Blue, Green, and Peach Cotton Lawn - Lawn is definitely my preferred lightweight cotton. The softness and opacity of it make it so versatile and wearable that I have made quite a few items out of this wunder-fabric. This lawn is no exception. The tiny flowers of green, blue and peach lend a playful tone to the fabric without being overdone and the colors blend nicely with the black-brown background. In many ways, I think of this fabric as a floral for people who don't normally like florals. Choose this fabric and sew up a sweet but not saccharine top that's sure to become an outfit favorite.
- White Dobby Cotton Shirting - There's little more classic than a white blouse. They brighten up any skin tone and they can be worn with practically any outfit. Some may be hesitant for fear of spilling something on it, but because this fabric is 100% cotton, it is eminently washable. Though it can be a little hard to tell in the photographs, this fabric has a one-inch tone on tone stripe created by the dobby loom. Reminiscent of eyelet, though without actual holes, the stripe looks almost like a band of quilting or embroidery stitches at even intervals. Embrace your bohemian with this fabric and turn your Alma top into an interpretation of the classic white peasant top.
Also in this box: matching thread, fusible interfacing, one 12" invisible zipper. two buttons, and one sewing machine needle. All you have to provide is the sewing machine.