Bea-utiful

Are you a plan-way-in-advance kind of stitcher, or do you prefer to dive straight into projects as soon as they spring to mind?

I’ve managed to finish two of my #makesix2018 list so far (I know it’s supposed to be #makenine, but six is way more achievable with the amount of sewing time I have – or don’t – at the moment) and this spotty blouse is one of them. I’m not really loving feeling like my year of sewing is all mapped out, though. I’ve realised I’m definitely a short-burst kind of sewer, but this way of sewing does mean you can end up working on the same project for quite a while – which in turn sometimes means getting bored of the sight of it, and that’s especially true of projects that have been sat on my to-make pile for a long time.

All I want to wear right now, when it’s not floaty-dress weather, is a classic jeans-and-a-nice-top combo, so tops, tops and more tops are filling my sewing list at the moment and I might have to abandon my other #makesixers. I just don’t think this way of planning projects is for me – but at least I can say I tried, right?

Anyway, this is the Bea Blouse pattern from Simply Sewing, sewn up in a spotty cotton blend. I didn’t need to make too many pattern alterations – I just raised the bust dart, graded between a size 6 at the bust and a 10 at the waist because I like a looser fit, and omitted the bow detail for a more casual look.

This may not be the most exciting project to share, but I love how simple, versatile and easy-to-wear my Bea is – if I’m having one of those I-hate-all-my-clothes days, I reach for this top (to be honest, I’m not really sure what the hell I wore before I made it).

Also, shout out to my Instagram boyfriend who took these shots while suffering from the worst hayfever (and only complained a little).

Pattern: The Bea Blouse, Simply Sewing issue 38.

Fabric: Polka dot cotton from Sew Over It (similar).

Wearing with: Kick-flare jeans from Cheap Monday; vintage basket bag; Topshop sandals (old); Rayban Erika sunglasses.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Advertisements