Did you know that a group of mushrooms (or toadstools) is known as a troop? Me neither, but I think that it is safe to say that my new blouse fits into this category!
I found this beautiful fabric in the sale whilst shopping at the Owl and Sewing Cat during the Easter break. It’s so soft that I had to buy enough for a blouse and also a ‘little’ bit more for some summery pyjamas (well, it would have been rude not to!)
I decided to use the Eliza M Pussy Galore Blouse pattern that I have had in my stash a while. I knew that this fabric would be perfect as it has such a lovely drape – perfect for a pussy bow!
I have to admit that this blouse wasn’t plain sailing and there are a few problems with the pattern, so definitely not for the beginner!
The first thing I noticed was that the picture on the front of the envelope is not the same as the pattern. I was really taken with the sleeves on the illustrations and I was looking forward to creating almost a puff ball type sleeve – so pretty and delicate, yes? Well they would be, if they were part of the pattern!
The sleeves are cuffed – still cute, but definitely not what is pictured! You end up figuring this out yourself and of course by this time you have already cut out the pattern pieces…
The next problem was the sizes written on the pattern. I cut out a size 10 but when I came to the front bodice I noticed that the numbers were written in the reverse order! Yes, worrying isn’t it? At least I clocked this just as I was about to cut it out and realised that for this piece I needed the size 18!
The pattern instructions were really unclear and I would suggest that anyone who is just dipping their toe into the dressmaking world does not take on this pattern. I ended up making the blouse without giving the instructions a second glance and this was probably the safer option!
However, I LOVE this blouse!! Can you tell?
The blouse fits well – it’s close fitting, without feeling restricted.
I used these shell buttons that I bought from The Textile Garden as they are the perfect ‘mushroom’ colour. If you haven’t already visited their website you really should, they have the most amazing selection of buttons!
Until next time… x