I’ve made the Chelsea Collection blouse before, I sewed it up as per the instructions and immediately loved the collar and the fit. I decided to make a new one and change it slightly to have a button back fastening.
The fabric I used was kindly provided by Doughty’s and is their RST Cotton Tencil Soft Denim Chambray. It’s a beautiful fabric that looks like a chambray but has more drape and movement and is really soft and comfortable to wear. It was easy to work with, somewhere between a cotton chambray and a viscose. It pressed well and sewed up without any drama.
The pattern has a keyhole opening at the back neck, which is a really cute detail. To change the back to have a button placket I did the following:
- fill in the cut out for keyhole
- add 6cm to centre back edge
- add 1.5cm seam allowance
I then constructed the top as normal. I omitted the facings in favour of bias binding at the neck edge, but actually wish I had stuck with the facings as my V isn’t very sharp at the front and the collar is a little bouncier than I would like. I also omitted the shirring at the sleeve hem, as I wanted the blouse to be a little less girly.
To make the button placket at the centre back I folded in the seam allowance to the wrong side and pressed, then folded the edge over a further 3cm and pressed again. This creates the placket. I then topstitched down the length of the back to secure.
I decided to use snaps rather than buttons, partly because I didn’t have any fun coloured buttons available and partly because snaps are a lot easier to undo and I hate getting stuck in my clothes!
I’m really happy with the finished result and love how the snaps at the back give the top some extra interest. I need a little help getting all the snaps done up, but I can just pull them apart really easily to get it off! I think I should have made it slightly bigger as it has turned out a bit more fitted than I anticipated, but I’ve still been wearing it loads and it’s really comfy.
The fabric makes this blouse suitable for everyday wear and it goes really well with lots of things.