Pattern: Deer & Doe Datura Blouse. I traced from Lizzy when she came to visit me. Version with the cutout neckline without the bias.
Level: The pattern says advance. I feel an advance beginner would be able to tackle. I personally found this very simple to sew. The instructions were few but enough for me. Maybe with more instructions beginners would could sew it easily. You need to be able to sew bias binding, have control to sew curves, be able to sew a dart and button holes. I love button holes. If you don’t, you can omit them as the blouse can be put on without unbuttoning.
Fabric: Left over linen from this dress and an unblogged project (more soon)
Size and Alteration: Size 38. I reduced the side seam allowance by 2 cm each side. I lengthen the back pattern only out of habit but it didn’t needed.
Details and notions: 3 buttons
I personally don’t like loose fitting tops on me however since I had the opportunity to try a Deer & Doe pattern, why not try the Datura blouse. I wished I had added at least some shaping on the front. This design is ok on me. I can wear on very hot summer day with shorts or with skinny jeans and a cardigan and totally wins me over the comfort factor however I do feel a bit frumpy without a waist.
The Datura main design feature highlight arms (my least favourite body part) and are better suited on people with less bust. Maybe If I used sheer fabric will look better and less boxy. I got some ideas to improve the fit.
The pattern is very well designed and was pleasant not having to make any fitting adjustments besides lowering the shoulder seam by 1 cm. That’s so big for me. I normally have multiple adjustments so this pattern gained my respect!