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!

SIM Bundle #1

Grab a cuppa before you start reading this post. 

One bundle with a piece of everything. 

            A wardrobe of patterns from a plethora of creative individuals.
                          Some patterns you’ve seen before and could have in your wish list
                                      A couple of patterns are brand new.

This year Sewing Indie Month (SIM), an online celebration of indie sewing patterns begins with this first bundle offer.

The sale will run from Monday August 3rd to Wednesday August 12th.

20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to the International Folk Art Alliance, which provides education and exhibition opportunities to folk artists from around the world. Just a few examples of what the International Folk Art Alliance has been able to accomplish by helping artists create stable, year-round livelihoods includes helping shelter women from domestic violence in Ecuador, building a school for children in Pakistan, empowering women in repressive cultures around the world, and feeding villages in Niger.

By the way, you can always donate to International Folk Art Alliance directly at any time.

    Sewing Indie Month

    Sewing Indie Month (SIM) is a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials. This year SIM will take place in September. It’s accompanied by a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes. Since the patterns in the SIM Bundle 1 are mostly wovens, this sale gives you time to make muslins before the contest begins in September while supporting small women-owned businesses and raising money for charity.

    This year the Sewing Indie Month HQ will be Sew Independent, which Mari from Seamster Sewing Patterns took over from Donna, who decided to step back from the site. You can buy the bundle and keep up to date with the latest SIM news on 

      What’s the bundle price?

      Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards (patterns) you’ll receive. 
      • Pay $25 or more to get the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Sugar Plum Dress, Mississippi Ave Dress and Top, and the Ultimate Trousers. That’s a great package.
      • Pay $32 or more to get the Cookie Blouson and Bonnell Dress. Cookie Blouson would be a great pattern if you’re already planning a new jacket for the colder weather.
      • Pay $38 or more to get the Melissa Dress, Blouse and Skirt, the NEW Saltbox Top, and the NEW Sorrel Dress and Top.

      The 10 people who spend the most will get printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them as a free bonus.

        New Patterns

        The Saltbox by Blueprints for Sewing and Sorrel Dress and Top by Seamster Sewing Patterns are brand new patterns that are being released with the bundle. During the sale you can only buy them as part of the bundle. 
        Take a closer look at each pattern.

        Inspiring sewing bloggers

        The sewing bloggers I know you love to follow are offering their ‘take’ on this first bundle while it’s on sale:

        I know they’ll be creating some great pieces from this bundle. Hop over and take a look!

        I’ve been provided with these patterns so I’m reviewing them and I’ll put these reviews on this post.

        Lolita Sugar Plum Dress

        When the Lolita Sugar Plum Dress was initially released, this is the version I made.

        I really enjoyed the challenge of mixing different fabrics to create a type of balance.
        Mixing together different fabrics and print stretched my style ideas. I sew. I don’t design.
        In the end I was really happy with how this came together.
        An office look I like;)

        Sew over it Ultimate Trousers

        Over the weekend I became engrossed with making the Ultimate Trousers. Taping the pdfs together required absolutely no paper cutting.

        What you can see above is the size 12 version. It was a bit baggy so I rejigged it and made size 10. Grab a sewing friend if you need help fitting trousers.

        This mustard drill is the test version using pre-washed cotton fabric. This fabric shrunk in the wash the first time I used this fabric for jeans so I wasn’t going to relearn this important lesson with these Ultimates.

        This size 10 version is tweaked around the body – lower centre front seam; sway back adjustment; lower centre back curve and then just for good measure, increased the top thigh measure on the back leg (cyclist thighs). This duck cloth fabric was bought on special at Spotlight last year ($8).

        Those body tweaks were worth the effort. Both Ultimates are long so I can wear these with heels (or for future fabric shrinkage). I’ve used firm fabrics on each so there’s a bit of room at the knees, for walking. 

        When I make these again in a stretch woven, there will be a lot more shaping at the knees and I’ll go down a size.

        Sutton blouse

        I’ve now made a test version in size 6.

        The front works for me as I’ve taken 2cm out of the front seam after I initially sewed this top together. I’ve used a border cotton fabric that I bought through Silhouette Patterns a few years ago. 

        This is certainly cotton because it needs lots of steam to press out the creases. It’s a lovely fabric to swan around in and will be great when it’s hot and humid again.

        The main change I made was shape the neckline to a V-shape – my favourite neckline. I love the trim used on this pattern. I felt like my skill level had gone up a notch.

        I’ve paired this top with Simple Skinny Jeans Sew Liberated pattern.