The Passion Blouse by Atelier Scammit
Fliss and Caroline, the lovely owners of Felicity Fabrics, asked me if I would like to do a pattern review on a new range of patterns they were going to stock in their online store. An indie French pattern company which I was not familiar with, Atelier Scammit. They have a lovely range of sewing patterns for women and children.
So, I chose the Passion Blouse, because I was drawn to the frilled neck and cuffs, which is one of my favourite styles on blouses. Also, I liked the Victorian style of the neck mixed with a more contemporary fitted look of a shirt.
Always looking to try new styles and strengthen my dressmaking skills, I was keen to dive right in and get sewing.
Lady McElroy – Tea Party Polka Fern
Choosing which fabric to use is always the best part in dressmaking and I was spoilt for choice! Originally, I opted for a small ditsy print, but when Fliss and Caroline listed their new fabrics, this Lady McElroy Tea Party polka dot just caught my eye. I just thought it would be perfect for this pattern and style. Also, I didn’t have anything polka dot in my wardrobe and it was green. One of my favourite colours.
It’s a beautiful bubble crepe, from Lady McElroy, and as always, the quality is exceptional.
If you have never ordered from Felicity Fabrics before, you will be in for a treat when your order arrives. Each order comes in a gift box, and inside your delicious pile is wrapped delicately in tissue paper, complete with a personalised hand-written message and fabric swatch card. It looks too beautiful to take out and sew!
As it was a crepe I thought it was going to be a bit slippery to handle and sew, but it behaved perfectly throughout. The sizing on the pattern is slightly different to UK sizing, but I just went off the finished garment measurements, and I made the size 38 (UK 10).
The Passion blouse, has two sleeve lengths, and two collar and cuff styles to choose also. There is also the option to add patch pockets too. So, if you add all the styling options you could make 12 different variations of this blouse, how amazing is that?
Obviously, if you know me, I had to go all out and do the long sleeves with ruffle cuffs, collar and patch pockets. The whole caboodle!
The blouse is more of a fitted look rather than the blousy look. Surprisingly though there is no darts making this a really clever design.
Intermediate Sewing Project
This pattern is classed as intermediate and I would agree that if you are new to dressmaking or a bit rusty, then this may seem a bit daunting. Also, to top it off, the instructions, which are in French and English are quite sparse.
There are pictures to follow, but again they are quite limited. I did however, find a YouTube video tutorial to help during the making of the collar section. Again, the video was in French but if you play around you can add subtitles to help.
Shirring Elastic Tape
I chose the smocked collar and cuffs which required shirring elastic tape to give the gathered effect. What an ingenious product this is, it creates the smocked effect in a much easier way.
I chose a vintage button for the pretty back opening and handstitched the button loop. I love adding a handsewn finishing touch to my garments.
Overall, I really enjoyed this sewing pattern and it fits like a dream. The fabric drapes beautifully and is just perfect for this style. It’s great for wearing tucked in with my jeans but will also look fab for a night out.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!
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