Pattern Club Review

Sewaholic alma blouse

Blog / 27 May 2015

I’m passing you over to Jo for this weeks pattern review on the Sewaholic Alma Blouse. I love Jo’s fabric and contrast collar so read on to find out all about her lovely make.

Pattern Sewaholic Alma Blouse - Price £13.50

Size range offered US 0-16

How would you describe the style of the garment?
Semi-fitted pull over blouse with side zip opening. There are 3 variations with different neckline looks and sleeve lengths. The great thing is you can combine them all it different ways too so there are lots of design options.

What type of figure or body shape is it suitable for?
I think this would look lovely on all body shapes really. As it’s made from woven fabric it holds its shape and can skim over any lumps or bumps around the waist and hips.
Sewaholic patterns are drafted with a pear shape in mind so have a lot of room at the hips. If you don’t need that extra space it’s easy to taken in the side seams – just remember to check the fit before inserting the zip.

What types of fabrics are suitable?
Lightweight woven fabrics like cotton lawn, poplin or shirting’s will work well.

What fabric did you choose and why?
I choose the Anna Marie Horner Cutting Line Mustard Cotton. I feel in love with it – those little birds were tweeting to me and I thought I would suit the style.

How easy was it to trace the pattern?
The tissue pattern paper is quite flimsy but fine if you’re careful with it.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes there were clear apart from the cuff and I got a little confused. In the end I decided to just shorted the sleeve and do a normal hem.

Where the illustrations/pictures easy to interpret?
Yes for the most part, it was just that cuff that was a bit funny.

What challenges or difficulties did you find when putting it together?
There was quite a lot of bulk around the neckline as I was sewing the collar and facing all on but I think that was due to a slightly heavier weight of fabric. Once I had it pressed it was totally fine though.

Does the difficulty level on the pattern represent how difficult it was to make up?
There wasn’t one on the pattern but I would say it’s for a confident beginner who wants to try a simple collar, putting in a zip or setting in a sleeve.
You can choose the really basic version of the pattern and build up to incorporating the other design details so it is a really versatile pattern.

What tips would you recommend to make construction easier?
If you are using slightly heavier cotton I would suggest not interfacing the collar and facing, maybe just the facing.

How did you find the fit? Was it true to size?
I was very happy with the fit and the finished garment was true to size.

What adjustments did you make?
I added 1.5cm onto the length and I’m only 5ft 2”, so someone taller may want to add a bit more.

I also didn’t put in the front waist darts, as I don’t like things too fitted across that area. I just left the fullness in the fabric.

Initially I put in the long sleeve with the cuff but as it has two pleats at the cuff and I was using a slightly thicker fabric it just seemed like there was too much going on, so I just cut it off and made a simple hem instead.

Is there anything you would change if making it again?
Might take a bigger seam allowance at the shoulder seams as I am short in the body and everything needed lifting a little.

What advice would you give to customers when choosing a size?
Going on the size chart I was a 10 on the bust and a 14 at the waist and hips. I ended up going by the finished garment measurements, which were pretty spot on.

Are you happy with the finished garment?
Yes apart from the stiffness in the collar but that is more to do with fabric choice and too much interfacing.

How long did it take to make?
In between making the dinner and running around after the kids – about 3 hours.

How much fabric did you use? Did this match up with what was recommended on the pattern?
I cut 1.9m of fabric and have about 40cm left over, although because of the size I made I was able to squeeze the front and back bodice almost next to each other.

Thanks so much Jo, I love that colour on you and totally know what you mean about the birds tweeting – they are so cute!