I have wanted to add a few new blouses/ tops to my autumn wardrobe and this one is my first. This is the Anna Allen Anthea blouse (see my first version here), mashed up with the collar from McCalls 8180 (see my version of that pattern here).
It is a very “of the moment” look with the statement collar, and that’s why I wanted to get this sewn up sooner rather than later. The fabric is a beautiful quality cotton/ linen blend vichy (gingham) from Simply Fabrics (this particular colourway sold out; others available). It is a substantial weight, but soft and a good weight for autumn. It holds the shape of the sleeves beautifully.
The collar from the McCalls pattern fitted the neckline of the Anthea blouse perfectly, so there weren’t really any alterations I needed to make to get the two patterns to work together but check below for details. (Remember to check original posts for original fitting details).
- Lengthened the sleeves by 8 inches
- Drafted a facing as per the McCalls pattern to finish the front edges and neckline
- Used 5/8ths inch seam allowances for front edge (to attach the facing) and also to attach the facing at the neckline
- Used 0.5 and 3/8ths inch seam allowances everywhere else, as per the Anthea blouse instructions
- Made the wrist opening significantly smaller
This is a fun blouse that is comfortable and perfect for autumn, but will also work moving into spring when it comes.
See you soon!