This month I am happy to be back on the Minerva Blogger Network with another project. Ever since Megan Nielsen Patterns launched their Floreat pattern, I wanted make it. I felt that this tropical leaf Cotton Lawn Fabric would be the best choice to make shirts or bouses.

As I only had 1 metre of this lovely light weight with a soft and smooth finish, I chose to make view C (short sleeved top). I cut a size 6 based on finished garment measurements. My bust measurement lies in size 8, but my waist and hip ones are in size 6. Experience taught me that I can pick my size using my waist and hips measurements and then do a FBA (full bust adjustment) on the front bodice. However, for this pattern, as the finished garment measurement for the bust is 91.5 cm (36 inches) I did not do a FBA but chose to use a 1 cm seam allowance on the side seams instead.

With the fabric being so lightweight, I improvised and only cut the neckline facing pieces in interfacing (I use the kind of interfacing that has a fabric backing) and used them as facings to finish the neckline. To do this, it treated the interfacing as fabric: stitched the side seams together making sure the glue side was the wrong side, then finished the neckline as normal. Once I under-stitched the facing, I fused the interfacing to the main bodice. This way I reduced the bulk to the minimum around the neckline. And voila! I have a finished neckline. (If I remember correctly I have learnt about this technique from an online course by Sarah Alm).

To make life easier for me to hem the top, I basted a line along 1 cm from the edge, which I later turned over twice to hem my top. Because the front of the pattern is cut on the bias on some parts I’d also stay-stitch the edge to stop it from stretching out of shape.

I opted for the non-zipper closure for my top so I added a fabric button loop and used a button from my stash to fasten the top while I wear it. This option makes the pattern suitable for a beginner who does not feel ready to tackle inserting a zipper or for someone does not have a suitable zipper to hand but they are eager to finish their dress/blouse.

Before making my blouse, I did not use the instructions past checking the finished garment measurements to decide what size to cut. However, I had a look afterwards, and like all Megan Nielsen patterns the instruction booklet is well written. It includes many diagrams and each step is well described to help those who are new to sewing.

The asymmetrical hem make this simple top special and different from other tops. I will for sure take this one on holiday with me. There is nothing that says hot weather than a short sleeved blouse with tropical palm tree leaves on it.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Floreat by Megan Nielsen Patterns – it is a blouse and dress pattern with an asymmetrical front hem. Can be made sleeveless or with short or long sleeves in a woven or a knit fabric. The pattern has a different neckline and sleeve patterns for the knit fabric versions.

Sizing: 0 to 20

Fabric: 1 m of Cotton Lawn

Notions: one button from my stash

Modifications: I made a size 6 (based on finished garment measurements) and used a 1 cm seam allowance instead of 1.5 cm as in the instructions. I used the interfacing as facings and then fused it directly to the main fabric to reduce bulk.

Fit: it fits well. Maybe a little too tight in the back. It’s not tight enough for me to want to size up.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes

Watch out for: if making this in a woven fabric, consider stay-stitching the front hem to prevent it from stretching out of shape as some of it is cut on the bias.

Make Again?: Yes. I want to make the dress version as well. I’ll probably be making this one a few times before I am done with this pattern.

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