Here I am again sharing a garment I sewed for myself while I was developing our spring patterns. This one is a Gelato Blouse sewn with some left-over checked wool suiting from the Hollywood Trousers, which I loved for its drape and quality.
I’ve worn this blouse so much. I love it with casual jeans, but it’s also great with black or navy trousers as well as with pencil skirts. I’ve worn it with both the Hollywood Trousers (not the matching ones, whoa…) as well as with narrow cropped trousers. The wool is lovely and didn’t need a lining at all. It hangs nicely and doesn’t wrinkle easily, which makes it great to pack and easy to care for.
As an aside, when I sewed this I forgot that I had moved the shoulder seam forward by 1/2″ (I like to do that with our patterns because I think they fit and feel better like that), and while cutting this fabric I neglected to trim the extra 1/2″ from the front shoulder. The sleeve went in OK because of the ease built into the pattern piece, but it felt so weird to wear it! I had to take it apart to fix, which just reinforced for me how crucial the armhole and sleeve are and how a small(-ish) correction like that makes a huge difference. Another great reason to sew these for myself to check the details, right?
Buttons were from the stash, too. I’m really trying to use what I have (which is plenty) these days!
I was happy for the 3/4-length sleeves this winter, but I’m looking forward to sewing it with the short sleeve option for summer, too! Definitely more of them in linen and double gauze, my favorite.
You can pick up your own copy of the Gelato Blouse + Dress pattern in either paper or digital format. And stay tuned because we’ll be holding a sew-along for this pattern soon, since the Gelato was the pattern you chose for our first sew-along.