Named Clothing Reeta Shirt: DIY Sandwashed Tencel Blouse

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt modified to have long cuffed sleeves. Worn with Simplicity 8019 suede leather skirt

Hi Everyone,

Autumn dressing: in this part of the world it means coping with wind, rain, sun, fog and fluctuating temperatures. And that is just in one day, lol. Moving from indoors to outside, and the vagaries of central heating means, for me, dressing in light layers that keep me comfortable, and preferably natural fibres. I think this outfit does that. The top, which is the main feature of today’s post is made from breathable sandwashed tencel twill and is cool and comfortable to wear in a perfect shade for autumn (cinnamon). The fabric was gifted to me by Patterns and Plains, but all opinions are my own.

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt modified to have long cuffed sleeves. Worn with Simplicity 8019 suede leather skirt

Sewing this tencel was a breeze. It washed perfectly, did not require any special needle to sew, and was stable to handle. It drapes beautifully. I am hoping it will be more robust for every day wear than silk. It also comes in three other gorgeous shades, perfect for blouses, shirt dresses, drapey skirts, jumpsuits and more.

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt modified to have long cuffed sleeves. Worn with Simplicity 8019 suede leather skirt

The pattern I used to make the blouse is the Named Clothing Reeta shirt, which I have made before. This time I added long cuffed sleeves. Easy and perfect for autumn. I am wearing it with my suede leather skirt made using Simplicity 8019 some 3.5 years ago.

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt modified to have long cuffed sleeves. Worn with Simplicity 8019 suede leather skirt

I think I might just have found my new favourite blouse pattern. Some minor tweaks to the sleeve fit and I think this will be made again.

Happy sewing and thanks to Patterns and Plains for the fabric.

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt modified to have long cuffed sleeves. Worn with Simplicity 8019 suede leather skirt
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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

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