Olive Blouse Review by Becky Skinner (Plus your chance to win 10 Simple Sew Patterns and 3 issues of Love Sewing Magazine!)

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Showing us how to add a gorgeous splash of colour to our winter wardrobe, Becky shares her review of the Simple Sew Olive Blouse in this dreamy viscose fabric. Read on to discover her top hints and tips for acing this pattern. 

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Hi everyone, Becky here from Notes from the Sewing Room.

I was delighted to be asked to review the Olive Blouse by Simple Sew. Both the pattern and fabric were supplied for free in exchange for a blog review in my own words.

The Fabric

I made my new top in this beautiful viscose fabric that was supplied by Bobbins & Buttons.The fabric is really pretty and has a great drape to it. It’s by Dashwood Studio and called Birds of Paradise. It has a deep navy background with vibrant pink and orange birds on it.

The Pattern

The Olive Blouse is available as a printed pattern with a size range from 6 to 20. The top has a relaxed fit that works really well in a viscose fabric. The design of the blouse is a bit different from other blouses I have made due to the gathering at the shoulder seams and on the back yoke.

Olive Blouse Review by Becky Skinner

I think you could wear the blouse into the office or team it with jeans or a casual skirt to wear at home or socially. I made my blouse in a size 10 with no changes and used just under two metres of fabric.  The finished sleeves end just above my wrists. It seems a little unusual, but I actually really like this feature now I’ve got used to it.

Olive Blouse Review by Becky Skinner

The blouse is finished with buttons on the front. I chose some light purple buttons I had in my stash as I thought they worked well with the fabric colours. If you don’t like creating buttonholes, you could try to finish the blouse with snaps instead.  As blouse projects go, I think this was a fairly speedy project to make. I cut out the pattern pieces one afternoon and sewed up my shirt over a few hours scattered over just a couple of days.

Olive Blouse Review by Becky Skinner

I can’t wait to start wearing my new top out and about, I love the fabric and think it will add a splash of colour to my winter wardrobe. The pattern includes easy to understand instructions. Although, I think it would be beneficial to have made a few garments before trying to make this project as there are a few potentially tricky elements to tackle. For example, creating the buttonholes, gathering seams and adding a button placket. If you are new to sewing and want to try this project you could try to make your top in a cotton lawn or a cotton poplin fabric so the fabric may be more stable to work with, although this would give the shirt a different final look.

Would I recommend this project/fabric?

Yes, I am really pleased with my new top. I’d recommend both the viscose fabric and trying the Olive Blouse pattern; both are wonderful to sew and wear.

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