Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Sandpoint Blouse

Normalcy is creeping in -- just what I needed.  Time to sew has been limited -- double header baseball games, soccer games, and storm clean up makes for a long Saturday!   When Helena of GrayDay Patterns needed testers for her new pattern, The Sandpoint Blouse, I couldn't resist.  I saw the design in Indie Pattern contest on The Monthly Stitch.  Knit with a drapey back - subtle and surprising.  It was a perfect way to use the luscious maroon knit from Fabric Mart that I had been hoarding.  

Experiment: The Sandpoint Blouse, Size XS

1 yard maroon knit
Serger thread (I am lazy gal at changing my serger thread so a neutral color is always on it).

This was such a pleasure to test!  Helena was organized and the only thing that stumped me was a couple of directions.  Not bad for a newbie pattern maker!  Here are a few of the reasons I gush about this pattern: First and foremost, you can sew this with your serger.   That means you can make this top in less than an afternoon and show it off that evening.  Ummmm, hello!?! Instant gratification. Second, this pattern is fabric friendly meaning you can squeeze it out of a yard of 60 inch knit (say what!?! I know, amazing!).   Third, you could get creative and squeeze it out of less and use coordinating fabric for the bands.  Fourth, the cowl neck in the back could be reversible (i.e. the cowl in the front).  I am telling you, I could go on....

The only truly pain-in-the-arse part was turning out the shoulder band (I hate this step in general since it seems to take forever and there is no easy way to do it -- or maybe I am clueless and someone can shed some light on a better way....???).  The shoulder band was handstitched to the inside of the shirt however, the option to have it lay on top is also there.   With the addition of  the band option at the waist, one can avoid a sewing machine.   

I know that I will get a lot of wear out of this because maroon is one of the colors of the university I work for and it is a perfect top to wear to sporting events especially the outdoor kind where the temperature is close to triple digits.  In Louisiana, it is hot and humid what feels like 6-7 months out of the year (A climate that this northern girl has not gotten used to yet!).  
You could easily lengthen this to a tunic and roll about with leggings and boots.  Or you could take the sides, lengthen, add a belt and voila! you have a dress.  I would like to try a drapey cozy sweater knit for an interesting fall top.
Another shot of the front and one more of the back (I can't resist!).

Happy Stitching!