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Hi everyone! Diane here of Dream Cut sew and I’m really thrilled to be stepping into Meg’s shoes and taking over October’s mash up posts. I loved browsing the October collection of patterns…so much choice! To be fair, I really struggled to narrow it down but in the end, I went for number 112, a versatile top with a cowl drape overly, which I adore! I’m a sucker for a cowl. I’m in real need of more tops for cooler Autumnal days so this one fits the bill nicely.

Waterfall blouse pattern


The suggestion for fabric choice in the instructions is simply ‘blouse’ fabric and the two examples in the magazine use polyester and a viscose, I pushed the boundaries a little because I wanted quite a warm slightly heavier top and actually used a stable light/medium weight Ponte knit from my stash. The red is such a cheerful color for this time of year.

So to start off, the pattern only has 4 major pattern pieces. I love that it was a nice quick job to tape together and cut out. I’m getting quicker at it too!

Step 1


The very first step is to sew the centre back seam and I love how it’s subtly shaped and if you needed a swayback alteration the addition of a centre seam makes it easier to achieve.

Step 2


Next up is to trim the edges of the cowl drape to ⅜ inch and to stitch a narrow hem by folding along the edge and then under again by half. To be fair it was tricky on Ponte, but with some basting it worked well.

Step 3


The neck edge of the cowl now gets trimmed to ¼ inch and a binding applied. The binding that’s first of all folded in half, is stitched along and then folded to the inside and stitched again along the folded edge of the binding.

Step 4


Step 5


Those lovely shoulder pleats on the cowl now get folded and basted into position. The whole cowl then has to be basted to the blouse front across each shoulder and around the right armhole.

Step 6


Step 7


Shoulders and side seams are then stitched and neatened. It’s taking shape!

Step 8


Moving onto the neck edge and once the neck binding piece is joined up into a circle, the process is exactly the as for the upper cowl edge. So now it’s onto the sleeves and the first step for those is to cut a slash where the opening is marked and by spreading it out you can stitch the narrow binding right along close to the edge.

Step 9


After pressing the seam toward the binding, I folded it over double and stitched along the folded edge. The finishing touch is to sew a short row of stitching at an angle from the top corner to the edge… it makes for a lovely neat opening don’t you think?

Step 10


Step 11


I stitched and neatened the sleeve seams next and then folded and basted the two pleats in position.

Step 12


After interfacing each cuff piece I stitched one long edge in place onto the sleeves, then I stitched across the ends of the cuffs.

Step 13


Step 14


After folding them to the inside and basting along some topstitching finished off them off nicely. I found that by taking my time and basting more often I make fewer mistakes and save time in the long run. Bye, bye seam ripper!

Next up, I stitched the sleeves into the body and now I really was on the home stretch.

Step 15


The finishing touches were first to hem my blouse…I chose just to neaten and turn up once…and then finally, to make a buttonhole in each cuff and sew on the buttons. I found some cute little heart-shaped ones in my button box. They’re a slightly lighter shade than my fabric, but I really like them!

Step 16


Step 17


I love my new cosy blouse and I hope you’ll pop back to see my next post for the big reveal. Can’t wait to show you! Thanks for reading xx

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    Oct 20, 2018, 09.57 PMby heavenlee

    Can’t wait to see the finished blouse! I like the pleats too.

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      Oct 23, 2018, 06.57 PMby DiGee

      Thanks so much heavenlee

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    Oct 18, 2018, 02.43 PMby Evmorales

    Whoa! Super cute. I admit I didn’t love this top, but seeing your post makes me want to make it. I am a sucker for pleats!! The sleeve spoke to me hehehe. Thanks for doing this!!

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      Oct 19, 2018, 01.55 PMby DiGee

      Thanks Emmorales! The pleats detail sold me and I can vouch for the lovely sleeve shape.

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    Oct 18, 2018, 01.20 PMby Christine Blumer

    Looks great and I can’t wait to see the finished product! Is your knit stretchy? Curious if you had to size down the pattern? I would like to make this in a knit as well..

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      Oct 19, 2018, 01.56 PMby DiGee

      Thank you! No my knit is stable and I didn’t size down. I’m guessing that if you used a knit with more stretch you would maybe need smaller shoulder width

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