Anna Allen Anthea Blouse with McCalls 8180 Collar: DIY Gingham Check Blouse with Statement Sleeves and Ruffled Collar

Anthea blouse with McCalls 8180 collar in cotton linen vichy

Hey Everyone,

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).

Anthea blouse with McCalls 8180 collar in cotton linen vichy

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.

Anthea blouse with McCalls 8180 collar in cotton linen vichy
Anthea blouse with McCalls 8180 collar in cotton linen vichy

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).

Pattern Alterations

  • 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
Anthea blouse with McCalls 8180 collar in cotton linen vichy

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!

Anthea blouse with McCalls 8180 collar in cotton linen vichy

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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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