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Busy Blossom Simplicity 1166 Blouse

I hadn’t seen or tried a fabric from the Lisa Comfort Fabric Range before but my first reaction to it when my parcel was unwrapped was how wonderfully soft it is.

Available in three different designs, each with different colour variations, it was a difficult choice to narrow it down to which one to review!

Being a light cotton lawn I decided it would be perfect for a blouse and having a pattern in mind I finally opted for the Busy Blossom Fabric design in Lilac. I like that the floral design has a modern look but a vintage vibe. It’s a non directional print that is 138cm wide and is also available in Mint or Navy options.

The pattern I had my eye on was Simplicity 1166. The 50’s style button up blouse is typical of the era and has lots of design features with its large collar, split cuffs and unusual angular set in sleeves. It has a curved hemline so could be happily tucked in or worn loose rather than knotted at the front as the pattern shows.

The fabric is 100% Cotton so I laundered at 30’ and steam pressed before cutting out in case of shrinkage. Being a pure cotton lawn I did find that the fabric had a tendency to crease as I worked on it but it pressed crisply making it perfect to get nice sharp edges on places such as the collar.

I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on the collar, cuff and front facing.

To transfer markings onto the fabric I used a fabric pen that disappears when water is added. I tested this out on a scrap first just to make sure!

The sleeves were set in before the side seams are sewn making the angular shape easier to sew than I had feared.

To sew the curved hem I machine baste 1.5cm from edge, folded the edge towards the inside along this line then pressed before tucking raw edge in to form a narrow hem and stitching in place.

To finish off the front & collar were top stitched before I added curved edged machine buttonholes and four plain candy pink buttons.

The Lisa Comfort Cotton Lawn is so soft and cool to wear. It was great to work with for this pattern as it pressed so beautifully I was able get the finish I aimed for.

I can see this blouse being worn in a variety of ways and with a good selection of separates already my wardrobe but I also feel the need to make the skirt from the pattern in Chambray especially to go with it!

Happy sewing!  

Nicky @ Sew n Snip

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