Pauline Alice Carme Blouse

Trying to be chic..
Trying to be chic..

This has to be one of the best indie patterns out there because it has a video sewalong to support you along the way! It took me a lot less time to complete this project compared to others because I had visual instructions. Pauline takes you through it all making it look so doable plus its broken down into manageable and easy to understand chunks

Happy Carme!
Happy Carme!

I loved PaulineAlice’s Carme blouse pattern the first time I saw it on Kollabora as a featured project. Within seconds it was paid for and downloaded to my PC. The bib front with pintucks really appealed to me. I also liked the clean simple lines of the construction. For me it looked like a good relaxed fit top that would fit in with my lifestyle. Unfortunately it wasn’t till a couple of months later that I got on to printing it out..Carme 2 Fabric wise I bought a grey with white maxi hearts cotton rich crisp cotton….for the yoke I went for a crips 100% cotton white for contrast. I like romantic fabric but not overly so and this sort of fitted I thought…(tbh I bought during a sleepless night phone surfing session and the fabric looked good on my Motorola phone 😉 However the crisp cotton was different to the cotton used for the muslin so there was a little less ease and drape with the cotton. (note to self ; Use a close approximate fabric for a muslin) .

Yeah!
Yeah!

Yet in spite of this, the pattern came together so easily that afterward I felt like I am an accomplished seamstress and I LOVE LOVE patterns that make me feel like that y’know. This is  because Pauline has put a lot of work into her pattern especially with the video sewalong clearly taking you through the stages. Mandarin collar – easey peesy lemon squezzy! Button placket? Piece of cake!! Pintucks? Made in a jiffy! French seams! The new love of my sewing life! I learnt and used a lot of new to me details and it was so much fun!

View from the back!
View from the back!

Change  1 I made include dropping the dart by 4 inches = perfect placement! Change 2 Lengthened bodice by 5 cm and sleeves  by 2 cm.

Insanely proud of that bust dart
Insanely proud of that bust dart

I enjoyed adding these cute little heart shaped buttons. I love love love the finished top! I wear it mostly with my jeans.

Sleeve tab with heart button.
Sleeve tab with heart button.
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