Aqua Alexander Blouse

Added Mar 16, 2010

by freshdaily18

Phoenix, Arizona...






I have been itching to make some blouses for my summer wardrobe. This is the 1st blouse I’ve sewn. The only criteria I had for patterns is for something work-appropriate yet versatile— I ended up choosing the Alexander from Burdastyle. The construction of the rippling sleeves is really quite clever— with slashing and gathering instead of a true set-in sleeve.

I made some alterations to the pattern. Instead of using their facings, I made 1.5" bias strips to use as facings and on the hems. I used french seams. The original peplum was way too short for me, so I cut a new peplum about 3" longer than the pattern. Also, I cut the back on the fold to eliminate the back buttons.

The result isn’t perfect, but overall, I’m pretty happy how it turned out. And best of all, it has made me excited to try more blouses with sheer fabrics!

Material Notes

Sheer crinkly fabric— not exactly sure what it is!



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    May 10, 2010, 03.50 AMby mlssfshn

    great job love it!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 04.32 AMby heatherrique

    Truly a stunning top! I adore the color and style on you!

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    Mar 16, 2010, 05.00 PMby wackyblonde

    I love the colour and I really like this blouse pattern. I too and working up the courage to try sheer fabric for blouses. The more I see on here the braver I become. Cannot wait to see more of your work. :)

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      Mar 16, 2010, 08.13 PMby freshdaily18

      Thanks! I agree that it’s nice to have a community to share ideas with. It certainly makes me a braver seamstress!

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