Hello all!
Here we are at what feels like the end of an insanely hot summer (in the UK, at least), coming back down to earth with the return of this thing called ‘rain’ that we had all forgotten existed.
For me, it has been a busy but exciting summer as I have been slowly working on releasing some of my own PDF sewing patterns! The Minerva Crafts team were lovely enough to encourage me to use some for my MCBN blog posts, and so, this month’s project is my very own Teresa Blouse. The blouse pattern will be available soon, and you can see some of the other patterns which are available now, at www.pearsonandpope.com.
The Fabric
This John Kaldor Peachskin Fabric caught my eye whilst I browsing the Minerva Crafts website (which I do far too regularly!). It looked beautiful on the screen but it literally took my breath away when it arrived - the texture, drape and colours are truly gorgeous. 
This was my first John Kaldor Fabric purchase, and now I see why people rave about this line of fabric. It holds perfectly when pressed, fused really easily to my fusible interfacing, and feels sumptuous against the skin. It’s a lighter-weight peachskin than others I have sewn with, and behaved really nicely during construction. I can’t recommend it enough and immediately ordered more for another project!
The Project
The Teresa Blouse is a deceptively simple sleeveless blouse featuring a shallow v-neckline with an inverted pleat, and a centre back zip closure. It makes a great alternative to a cami, with wide enough shoulders that you don’t have to worry about coverage if you’re not layering it under a jacket or cardigan. And it only takes one metre of fabric!
The neckline and armscyes are finished with an all in one facing which is constructed to leave a clean finished facing edge inside the blouse (without hemming).
The illustrated instructions set out key steps such as inserting the concealed zip and attaching your facing to the zip tape (by machine), making another clean-finished edge. A hook and eye set, or hook and thread loop, is fastened at the top of the zip as a final closure.
The finished blouse is an instant favourite. This floral print is muted enough to wear to the office, yet elegant enough to dress up a simple black skirt or trousers, and the peachskin texture of the fabric really adds to the impact of the blouse when viewed in person.
In summary, I think this fabric would make a lovely dress or blouse - you definitely need some in your stash!!
- Michelle