Violet-- Sample


I have made this blouse three times now, and while it's pretty easy to begin with, it just keeps getting easier! The Violet from Colette Patterns comes with two sleeve variations (this is the short version) in sizes from 0-18. 

This is a simple pattern to modify-- especially the sleeve length, collar size, or side seams (for a closer fit). The Violet is also a great pattern to start with a muslin, or test garment, in order to get your perfect size and fit. This particular sample was made in a size 6 using an apparel weight cotton close to quilting weight. As luck would have it, we ran through this particular floral in just a couple of weeks, but never fear-- there are plenty of other options. Including sweet lawns from Timeless treasures, tubes of light weight cotton and linen, silk, and plenty of voiles from some of your favourite designers. My favourite lightweights are (obviously) the Liberty Tana lawn bolts, and this tractor print:


If you're wondering what type of fabric would work for something like this, please ask! Sometimes bolts are spread out all over our little store.

While my machine complete button holes in a competent manner, I knew I wanted to use small buttons which would necessitate some fantastically good button holes. So, I took my near finished blouse down to MD to use one of the classroom machines. Meredith recommended the narrow button hole option, and after a little tutorial and 10 minutes, I had all seven holes done and dusted. This blouse just got that much easier to make.