Hello again, my lovelies! I’m back again my latest Blogger Network instalment!

Today I’m bringing you my favourite Minerva Crafts make to date – and the most ruffle-y blouse I’ve ever made, which is saying something because I’ve made some properly frilly things in the past.

The pattern I chose for this make was the 8454 Simplicity Blouse Pattern and it’s one of Simplicity’s newest patterns releases. I’ve seen a couple of beautiful ones floating around on Instagram and I knew this would be an absolute winner for me too!

The blouse comes with 4 different views which have different sleeve variations and varying amounts of ruffles. Really though, you could continually mix and match the pieces to create more than the 4 views shown as they all fit together onto the same bodice pieces.

I chose to make View A – which was the reason I fell in love with this pattern in the first place. View A is the one with long sleeves and ruffles everywhere. Just everywhere. It’s amazing!

For the fabric, I decided to splurge and I went for the Atelier Brunette Terrazzo Cotton Gauze Fabric in Shell. It’s a lovely fabric, light and so soft but surprisingly not as sheer as I’d expected. That’s definitely a good thing! It was the perfect fabric choice for this project as it really benefits from having that lightness and drape to allow the ruffles to hang well.

The blouse is relatively simple to sew. I chose to finish the edges of all my ruffles with a roll hem foot – it turns and stitches the edge of the fabric in one go. I haven’t had much practice using it in the past so my edges are not the neatest but I managed to get the job done! I also had a little trouble fully easing in my sleeve head as well. I couldn’t be bothered to redo it so I’m keeping a few gathers at the top of the sleeve as extra detailing…

I love the neckline and sleeve hem bias bound finish. It looks so neat and professional. Sometimes it’s these little touches that make me appreciate being able to make my own clothes!

The back neckline closes with an elastic loop and a button. I didn’t have any of the right elastic to hand so I opted to use a hairband instead! It’s a great trick and sometimes it’s easier and quicker to just whip out a hair tie instead to specially purchasing something similar.

I think this will be a great transitional piece. The long sleeves provide a little bit more coverage in the cold but the fabric is light and airy enough that it’ll probably work through warmer weather too – just imagine it with a cute pair of denim shorts!