Hi there Minerva readers!

I’m here with you today to share a lovely little blouse I sewed this month. I have always enjoyed sewing Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns. They are so chic and stylish, plus I always get a great fit with her patterns. A few of my favourites are the Cami dress and the Carme blouse. But I digress!

I’m here to share a make using one of her patterns that I didn’t have on my radar until recently. It’s the Reina Shirt Pattern, a romantic style blouse that flares at the bottom and has a lovely button/ loop closure at the front. 

Other details include gathered front and back pieces into a v shaped yoke. Not to mention the floaty long sleeve version which gathers into cuffs. With so many options there is bound to be something for everyone!

I made view B – short sleeves with the pretty mandarin collar using 1.5 meters of this gorgeous floaty Viscose Challis Fabric. It really is the perfect fabric for this pattern, you can press it with lots of steam and heat and it will hold the creases (which is a great for easy construction!). This pattern is made for a lightweight Floaty Fabric such as rayon challis (Minerva have loads to choose from!) and I would highly recommend this kind of fabric rather than a heavier weight fabric for this top.

The blouse came together really quickly and construction was extremely straightforward thanks to Pauline’s expert instructions and easy to follow booklet. I loved spending time on the little details such as making the covered buttons and button loops myself. I think they add a little special touch to the blouse. I covered the buttons myself before discovering this Button Covering Tool. Since making this blouse I have purchased the tool and it is so much easier to cover your own buttons with it rather than without! I would have saved about an hour with this little gadget (and have since covered many many buttons using the tool successfully!).

I see this kind of blouse as a nice going out piece that could be dressed up or down. My preference is to wear it with flared jeans!

It is so comfortable too, and I love how floaty and loose fitting it is around the waist and hips. Can you tell I am really happy with how this has turned out?! I already have more versions planned and have been browsing the rayon challis possibilities on the Minerva site for my next Reina.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this blouse, and it’s been in heavy rotation in my handmade wardrobe since! Thanks to Minerva for the supplies to make my Reina. Here's a shot of the back, the yoke shape is one of my favourite parts of the pattern. In this fabric it just hangs so beautifully too!