Oh how I love a denim blouse!
I've been working on the Colette Aster blouse for some time now, it includes a few "firsts" for me, so I wanted to take my time, making it up bit by bit.
I subscribe to Seamwork Magazine which now includes Colette patterns (amazing!!) and I thought that this blouse looked really, really lovely, I am trying to push the boundaries this year so I went straight in for the most difficult option with pleats, long sleeves and cuffs.
I spent a total of approximately 10 hours making this top (spread over several weeks) but I love it!
The pattern instructions were good except in a couple of areas where I had to really think about what I was doing, I think the main issue was because some areas were "firsts" for me, I couldn't always picture the step, and as the pattern instructions have no photos of the top being constructed (just drawing type images) I couldn't always work out what it was telling me to do, but then the pattern is marked up as intermediate!
I struggled the most with the sleeve placket and cuffs, I ended up studying one of my husbands shirts to see how it was constructed which helped a lot. I have added a seperate blog post for how to sew a cuff.
What do I love about this pattern?
- It doesn't use loads of fabric, I used 1.2m but didn't have enough to do the inner yoke so did this in contrast fabric which turned out pretty cute.
- I love the shape of the blouse.
- I love the pleats at the front, it really adds detail.
- I love the pleat at the back.
- I really love the sleeves, the shape is beautiful.
- It is really comfortable to wear, a smart but loose fit.
- I love the different options with simpler and more difficult versions available.
What I don't like about this pattern
- The instructions are difficult in a couple of areas due to the lack of detailed images.
- There was one step that I must have misunderstood about clipping the seam and I ended up with a small slit in the fabric on the outside, hence the cover up with the ribbon (although I love the ribbon so it's all good).
I used plastic snap fastens rather than buttons which made that step much quicker and easier, I use prym snaps which are amazing and available in loads of colours! I also added a blog post on how to insert these little snaps, view it here.
So all in all I really like the Colette Aster blouse and will definitely make more, hopefully it won't take as long next time now that I have sussed out the sleeves!
I'd love to know what you think! Feel free to ask any questions about the pattern below in the Disqus section.
If your feeling inspired to sew take a look at my Fifi blog post too!