Hi Minerva team!

I have the most epic wardrobe staple make to share with you all today. I’ve been craving a simple white shirt for so long, and have been weighing up the options ever since. When I talk of options I mean both fabric and pattern! In the line up pattern-wise included:

-       Grainline Archer pattern, one I’ve had much success with in the past

-       Deer and Doe Melilot shirt which is a new to me discovery (with some awesome grown on sleeves)

-       Named Helmi tunic dress (shirt version). A pattern I’ve had for ages but haven’t yet managed to get around to sew

-       Pauline Alice’s Carme blouse

I spent a while deciding on a pattern, and have recently re-discovered my love of wearing blouses with jeans and work trousers so settled for my favourite pattern of the bunch, the Carme blouse.

I’m a fairly indecisive person so now came the biggest task of deciding on fabric! Luckily I came across this Swiss Dot Style Cotton Fabric really quickly and I knew it would be perfect. The fabric is lovely and soft and lightweight, perfect for a floaty blouse without it seeming too crisp and structured.

I had already traced my pattern pieces and had some modifications I made years ago when I first purchased the pattern. My mods included adding an inch and a half to the length, widening the shoulders slightly, and lengthening the sleeves so the hem sat at my wrist. Apart from these modifications I sewed the blouse as per Pauline’s rather excellent instructions.

One of the things I love about this pattern is the lovely pleated bib detail. I think it adds a touch of something special to an otherwise plain white blouse. The construction of this bib is actually very straightforward as Pauline has you construct a rectangle of pleated fabric before cutting the bib shape out of the rectangle. The insides finish up really neatly, and I also spent time French seaming all of my guts. The fabric is a little transparent so taking that little extra time to make the guts pretty is totally worth it in my opinion.

I now have 4 Carme blouses and love them all. They get many compliments about their rtw look, and the pleated bib detail. I think I have to confess this is my favourite so far, the fabric suits it perfectly and is just the right weight.

Until next month!