Sutton blouse

I was given this pattern as a thank you for helping promote SIM Bundle #1.

Suttton paired with Simple Skinny Jeans #comfy

I didn’t buy it as I’ve been shying away from it because this isn’t my usual style or was in a rut. The key issue I wanted to resolve was its loose look with my height and curves. I don’t know if I’ve achieved a slender look with this blouse just yet, but I do like this top with the adjustments I’ve make so far.

The Sutton Blouse is a loose fitting V-neck top with kimono sleeves, a one piece yoke, and a back inverted pleat. The back is longer than the front and includes slits at both of the lower side seams.

What I like about it
I like how this blouse is easy to make and uses light-weight fabrics like silk (in the future for me). It’s very roomy so good when you’re  dealing with humid weather.
The inverted pleat on the centre back is quiet handy if you run around all day.

I’m not used to the high-low hem thing but I like how it covers my caboose.

I’m not a roomy clothes wearer however this style is one I’ll be wearing on weekends. I’ll leave the fitted  style tops for work instead.

I bought this cotton fabric with rose border through the Silhouette Patterns website a few years ago and I’ve been wanting to use the rose borders on something nice, like this blouse.

Making it work
I lowered the neckline more than the pattern and I can certainly lowered it a bit more in a future blouse.

Once I made this blouse and wore it, I took more room out of the centre front seam so it isn’t so billowy.

I kept the length at the back but lowered the front hem so that I can raise my arms and not flash my tummy.

Now I have a Sutton blouse pattern I can use on silk blend fabrics. Yay!

No dart block

Here’s something I picked up at pattern drafting. A no-dart block.

These patterns have no darts. The shaping is based on your outline so it isn’t form-fitting – just what I need when it’s hot and humid for days on end in our summer.
This is a bit of a breakthrough for me as I’ve always wanted a tunic top basic. These blocks are used for knit patterns as well.
The red print above has a modest v-neckline using a quilt cotton. This was my first test run. 

 This top got a good workout while we were cycling in Bright among the vineyards.

See what I mean by a modest V-neck. It’s fairly high up as are we, looking over the vines on a very slow afternoon. Proof my Presidio purse does fit in a few bottles of wine.

The v-neckline here has been lowered more than the first version above. I wore this baby visiting and it’s fun to see a 6 month old going to grab the vegetable images on your top.
It’s so cute watching them learn what’s real and what’s not real.

Below is the lowered v-neckline with curves (version 3) in a cotton voile from the stash.
I used the curve on my scissor handle to form the curves on the neckline. They’re more flat than round. The trade-off here is while there’s no shaping and the fabric is cut on the fold, the back billows and while it’s hot, I can live with that.
Verdict:
This comfy block is weekend worthy; doesn’t stick to you when the weather is hot and humid; and is great when you’re watching movies in the park or at Opera in the domain. All of these are keeping me mozzie proof this summer. 
When I first drafted these tops in November, I got to meet Colette from Tessutis at the first Sit ‘n sew session arranged by Sandra. Beajay, Kristy and Sharon posted up their take on this session. Thanks Colette for hosting this session.