Beautiful Botanicals Wilder Gown Blouse
Sunday 1st March 2020
Loopy Mabel's Closet @loopymabels_closet
I am an old-fashioned girl at heart and love fabrics with that vintage touch. Or anything with a hint of days gone by and especially with those soft muted colours of yesteryear.
If you know me or follow me on social media you will know I love wearing separates especially with a floral vibe.
Anything ditsy floral or large flowers I love to wear. I think it's because you can create so many different outfits and utilise all the colours you find with floral fabrics.
You can also dress them up for an evening out to dinner or dress down for a casual look. I also find that with separates you get more wear out of them. I do like wearing dresses and skirts but I tend to choose trousers and blouses more. I just feel really comfortable wearing pretty blouses with jeans or trousers.
The Wilder Gown pattern by The Friday Pattern Company has been a really popular pattern. There are three options to choose too. Depending on how many tiers you choose you can create the maxi length, smock length or the blouse.
There were so many fabulous creations on Instagram last year, especially the maxi length.
Although I think it's one of those designs that you either really love or find it's just not for you. Well I'm on the 'not for me side' with the dress but I do love the blouse version.
I love high necks and anything gathered or with ruffles. This is such a pretty style with the gathered neck detail and the 'Pussy Bow' tie feature.
When I received this beautiful botanical print viscose from Laura, Material Girl, in return for a blog post I knew it would be perfect for a Wilder Gown Blouse.
The colours in this viscose print are just gorgeous. Based on a navy, almost black background with green, lavender and white foliage its just reminiscent of an English country garden.
I had 1.5 metres which was just enough to make the blouse. I chose to lengthen the sleeves by 3.5 inches and added a casing for ¼ elastic which I threaded through to give a gathered cuff effect. I also added another 1 inch to the body length, but when I make it again I will probably add 3 inches in total just for that extra length.
The blouse looks great with my cigarette pants and also with jeans. It's just a great piece and I have worn it numerous times since I made it last week!
As with all viscose fabrics it has a lovely drape to it and launders really well too.
It is also a great pattern that you can add your own tweaks to, and I have a few ideas with how I might make it different next time.
I am planning on filming a vlog showing you how to create this blouse into different looks, which you will be able to find on my YouTube channel here
That is the beauty of dressmaking as you can just be as creative as you want! Don't get me wrong I don't always get it right but I'm loving the process of learning.
So, this year in my dressmaking journey I am going to embark on making more trousers, dungarees and pinafores too. I tend to make all the pretty blouses and then coordinate them with my jeans. So, these items will work with my blouses too.
So, my little sewing pledge this year is to try new garments and styles but at the same time create a working capsule wardrobe that is totally cohesive.
It will of course still include lots more blouses, some jersey knit tops and some toppers! All of which will hopefully combine and work together. Well here's hoping!
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