Hi Everyone! This is Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz back for my fourth post as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Here in Norther Virginia in the US we are getting some unseasonably warm fall temperatures. I was excited to sew up the Datura Blouse which is another great layering tank – similar to my Silk Cami post a couple months ago!

The Datura Blouse Sewing Pattern from Deer and Doe is a semi-fitted sleeveless blouse with a faux-buttoned lower back. View A features a cut out neckline feature and View B features a Peter Pan collar. In my version, I took secret option view C which omitted the peter pan collar and the cut out neckline for a flat fronted sleeveless blouse.

I’ve made a few Deer and Doe patterns and I think all their designs are really fashionable and beautiful. I am always looking for more “work” tops and this has been on my list forever. Because I didn’t add the Peter Pan collar or the cut out collar feature, this was a really quick sew – coming together in only a few hours. The “hardest” part was that the yokes are lined and getting them to press perfectly was challenging at times.

I chose this beautiful Floral Dressmaking Fabric which I could make a million more things out of. This is the same designer of the fabric I used for my Silk Cami post and while it has very little give to it, it’s such a beautiful fabric for semi-fitted garments. All of the John Kaldor Fabrics that Minerva Crafts stocks are gorgeous!

I used some vintage buttons I had in my stash to sew up the faux-button placket. I didn’t realize it was “faux” until the very end when I realized that the button placket wasn’t interfaced. I love the look of the buttons and they aren’t necessary for function. I love how they stop just far enough from the bottom to cause the split hem look! It’s my favorite part of the top.

I think in my next version of this top, I would merge the front and front yoke pieces into one pattern piece, omitting the lining of the yoke. I had some issues with fit of the yoke (it is a little too big) but trying to smooth it out into one pattern piece might make that process a little bit easier. I also would lengthen it just a smidge to make it so that it hits below my hips at the side seams.

I always love a pattern that has multiple views and would be a great addition to a pattern stash! With the basic pattern you could make many different garments from it by switching up different aspects of it.

Thanks for stopping by today! What are your favorite Deer and Doe patterns are that I should check out next! I’d love to hear from you on Instagram or on my blog! Thanks for stopping by today!