Sweetheart Blouse

This blouse has been done for a time, but I haven’t had the opportunity yet to wear it. It’s too chill outside and I’m sure it will be for quite a bit longer here in Utah and it just doesn’t do to wear a sweater over the top of it. Awww, well. This is a copycat blouse that I directly stole from Lauren. It’s the Violet from Colette made up in cotton swiss dot. I was actually a pattern tester for this pattern and after making a muslin of it, I put it away for another day. Seeing Lauren’s version made me think of this swiss dot I already had in my stash and from there I knew I had to have one. Plus it was a perfect opportunity to get out my recently perfected bodice sloper and use it to alter the pattern to fit me perfectly. More on this to come – promise!

Having made this bodice sloper and taken a class on how to use it, I could see exactly where my problems in this blouse would be. It was positively brilliant. I had to made a serious adjustment to the yoke and back bodice panels – added a whole 1.5″ back there. I raised the armscye a bit, pointed the dart more heavenward, beveled out the side seams a little and added some length overall. It totally fits perfectly and I didn’t even make a muslin of the changes. Hah! Now how’s that for bravery?

It’s adorned with sweet yellowish flower buttons and looks rather sweet paired with jeans or my Sew Grateful Skirt. Plus it’s white and I’ve needed a white button up for ages. Twill be perfect for summer. The swiss dot was purchased very long ago – I can’t even remember where and is rather sheer. However, I was up for something sheer this time. I’ve been loving some of the sheer blouses that have come out recently and I’ve wanted one for awhile. I’m working on a silk crepe de chine camisole to go underneath and should have it finished up by the end of this week, I think. I’m very excited!

Overall, I’m very happy with how this blouse turned out. What do you think? It’s a very “sweet” sort of design and gives me a bit of the “child at heart perk” as Mr. S would say. Once the camisole is finished, I’ll give you a proper model of it, OK? Alright.

What are you up to for Spring sewing? I’m brainstorming some ideas we could all work on together. Maybe like a contest or something. What do you think?

Spring Dreams,


30 thoughts on “Sweetheart Blouse

  1. You’ve got to love a dotted Swiss anything! Such a classic fabric, paired with a classic silhouette, will become a real workhorse in your summer wardrobe. Just the sight of it evokes images of happy children frolicking in green meadows, under the watchful eye of a loving mother or nanny … or am I channeling The Sound of Music?

  2. I love this so much. Seems to be just the perfect clothing for me this spring. Are you coming up with the contest?

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Yay for this blouse and swiss dot! I love how sweet the two look together šŸ˜€ I am interested to see how you make your adjustments with the sloper. I’ve wanted to try the whole sloper deal for a while now but I could never figure out how you figure changes and how they are transferred.

  4. Very cute! (I also just made a blouse that’s waiting for warm weather.)

    Hope you get a chance to do a post on how you used your bodice sloper to adjust the pattern. Looking forward to that…

  5. Cute blouse! It looks like it will be perfect for spring.

    I’ll be quite interested to read about how you used your bodice sloper to change this pattern, too. That’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, learn to make a bodice sloper and use that to fit other things, but I’ve never quite gotten the hang of it. (Hey, maybe that could be a sewalong for you sometime!)

  6. Lovely blouse, Sunni! Having slopers that you can use to alter patterns is pure genius and saves so much time! I have a TNT waistband that I find invaluable while making skirts or pants.

  7. So cute! I have 2 yards of swiss dot, and all of these versions have inspired me to make a sweet blouse for spring. I think I’m going to give the Violet a miss because I already dress in a fashion that might be too girly, and instead do a 1940’s blouse. Swiss dot, unite!

  8. It’s so lovely! The Violet is on my to-do list, I can’t wait til I can get some fabric.

    Will you post about how to use a sloper to adjust patterns? It’s a route I want to go down as I get the feeling I’ll have a lot of adjustments to make when sewing and thought that it might ultimately be a time saving option, but have no idea how to even begin!

  9. It looks fabulous! And I’m so glad to hear that you used your block to compare it against and correct the fit. Not many people know how to do that! I’m a technical designer and am always impressed whenever someone drops the word block or sloper.

  10. It looks fabulous! And I’m so glad to hear that you used your block to compare it against and correct the fit. Not many people know how to do that! I’m a technical designer and am always impressed whenever someone drops the word block.

  11. I love this blouse. It is very similar to one I just saw in Boden catalog.

    I’m would be very interested in a sew along for a beach cover up. My husband and I are taking a beach vacation in May and a cover up would be fun!

  12. I remember when my mom bring a gift to me, I never thought it was a white blouse, because I love wearing this type of dress… This kind of blouse id near in my heart, its so simple but elegant…

  13. I really need to figure out what you’re talking about. I don’t know what a sloper is. Anyway, what are the little circles around the neck of your dress figure?

    1. It’s just a decoration. It was from some packaging from Anthropologie and since I just couldn’t bear to throw it away, I tied it on Ms. Prism and feel happy whenever I look at her. She’s such a fashionable dress form, you know…

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