Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Simplicity 8296 - Navy + White Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

Off-the-shoulder blouses are currently everywhere: in stores, magazines, and pattern catalogues. I don't always make the newest trend right away, probably because I like to see what other people make first or which patterns seem to work the best. This time, though, I happened upon the perfect fabric. This navy and white embroidered gingham is from Moodfabrics.com. It is the loveliest of weights for a blouse, and has a slight amount of stretch to it not included in the description. There's only a little bit left as of this post. I highly recommend you snap some up!


I chose Simplicity 8296 for it's slightly fitted shape and cute sleeve ties. So many of these styles of blouses have elastic around the entire top, and I liked that this one has a smooth band in the front. I cut this blouse in a size 10, one size down from my typical 12, because I wanted a closer fit and because my fabric had some stretch. I did use the length of elastic for the 12, though. Thanks to weight-lifting, my shoulders have broadened somewhat. I also cut about 3 inches off the bottom hem. This top is almost tunic length as drafted.


One great thing about this design is that I do not need to keep tugging the neckline down my arms. Garments that need constant readjusting just do not end up being worn much by me. I like to put clothing on and go about my business.


Since the fabric is cotton, it behaved very nicely while being stitched up.


I cut the top front band and sleeve ties on the bias for some visual interest. You can better see the fabric texture in the following close-ups:



This is a really great pattern. The front darts give it a fitted shape, which I prefer when working with these types of slightly crisp blouse fabrics. I already have plans to use the pattern again for a dress in the next few weeks. What do y'all think? Am I ready for a backyard BBQ?

Note: This fabric was purchased with my Mood Fabrics monthly allowance, as part of my participation in the Mood Sewing Network.

24 comments:

  1. That is so cute and perfect for summer. I like the sleeve detail as well.

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  2. What a perfect fabric choice for this cute top! Enjoy wearing it this summer.

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  3. Very nice! I had the same thing happen to me after weight lifting. All of my close fitting shirts and jackets are too tight! Oh well, I guess it's a good reason to make some new ones.

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    1. Haha, it was definitely a surprise! I haven't tackled making anything too fitted through the shoulders lately. I'm really not sure what I need to do as it's not an adjustment I'm use to making.

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  4. I really like the shirt - and I usually don't like the off-shoulder look. But the band in front instead of the elastic does make a big difference. Really cute!!

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  5. I have also been looking for an off-shoulder pattern without all the gathers! This one is perfect and your version is adorable!

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  6. This is so cute...yes, perfect for a BBQ! I love the fabric choice and I like the sleeve ties as well.

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  7. Such a fantastic top, I love it!! The fabric and pattern is a perfect combo, I'm not keen on the full elastic so think I need to try this one (if they sell it in the uk??)

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    1. Thank you Lynsey! I'm not sure if Simplicity sells to the UK or not...

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  8. Super cute! I wanted a similar top a few weeks ago and went to JoAnn to get a pattern and all the ones on sale were sold out! I was annoyed and went out and just bought the top I wanted. I do have to adjust the shoulders, though. Kind of annoying.

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    1. Argh, annoying! If there's the store Hobby Lobby in Florida, you should hit them up for pattern sales. They stock 3 to 4 patterns in each size and always have what I want when JoAnn's doesn't. I don't think many people know they have patterns.

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  9. Dear Amanda
    It's simply gorgeous! I love the style without gathers at the décolleté, and the sleeves are so cute and give an unusual character to the blouse. I have do admit, that I've already ordered the pattern.... I need such a blouse, too! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Hi Enri! Thank you for your kind comments!

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  10. This is so chic and elegant on you! and beautifully sewn, as always :)

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