My Viscose Challis Blouse!
Posted on Thursday the 23rd November 2017 by Ida Aida Sewing
I've known about Atelier Brunette Fabrics for years now and I always wanted to get some of them in my hands, unfortunately here in Greece I could not spot any. When I found out that Minerva Crafts had included the Atelier Brunette fabrics in their range I could not wait to give them a try. Browsing the range of this brand in the Minerva Crafts site I spotted this Viscose Challis Fabric in the Blossom print.
I have never used any challis fabric before so I thought it would be great to give it a go, as I didn't know what to expect I didn't have any specific project in mind, I wanted to see the fabric first and than decide what to do with it. This print comes in three different colour ways and I went for the Shell colour way, love the light blue combined with the red and I think it will look great in the darker winter days.
When I received the fabric I was amazed by how light it is but yet so stable with a bit of stretch and instantly I had the inspiration in making a blouse with it.
I do have a couple of patterns but I wanted to add another garment to my Vintage Pledge for this year, which I have already completed as it was to make 3 vintage patterns and I have already made them but I was in the mood of making one more, so again I turned to my vintage Burda Style Magazines. Using the vintage Burda is not that simple, back then patterns did not come in all sizes but just 1 or 2 so although there are many patterns in each issue there are only a few available in my size. After I made my little investigation I went for the pattern nr. 5969 from the March issue of 1974, the pattern's size is 44 which is my size so off I was in tracing and cutting.
It is pretty easy, it features a one piece collar, gathered sleeves and cuffs. The construction was very quick, the first day I just traced the pattern and cut the fabric and after that it took me about 5 hours to sew it. As I expected this fabric was a joy to sew, it did wrinkle a bit while handling it but it also takes the iron very well. I can't really compare this brand with other challis fabrics as I've not used any others but I would like to try a different one in the future and compare them, I do think that it is perfect for making a shirt or a blouse and as the weather gets colder I can layer it with pullovers or vests.
The only thing that I don't like from this shirt is the big collar, I don't know what I was thinking and didn't adjust the pattern to a more modern collar, at first it annoyed me a lot but now that a few days have passed it doesn't bother me that much.