A Pintuck Blouse

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes

About a month ago, Sew Mama Sew had a challenge where each participant could sew any blouse they would like using a new line of fabric from Cloud 9.  The fabric for this challenge would be an organic cotton voile, dreamy!  I jumped, ran, waved my hands in the air frantically like a crazed person on black Friday hoping I could participate in this challenge!

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes

I was so pleasantly surprised when Kristin and Beth said I could participate, and I could choose the fabric I would like, and Cloud 9 would so kindly ship this fabric to me, me!  I’m just an ordinary girl, but I definitely felt like I won the lottery the day I received that email!

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes

I decided I wanted to start this blouse with a pattern, and then change it up a bit.  I started with vintage Butterick 3549 (you can see my previous version here).  I know it’s a dress pattern, but it had everything I wanted.  It was light and airy with a little vintage inspiration.

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes The collar on the original pattern buttons all the way up to the collar bone.  I stopped my buttons a few inches down and heavily pressed the collar open.  I was worried this would take away from all the pintucks, but I actually love the way it mimics the pintuck lines.

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes

Last time I sewed this pattern, I had such a hard time with the sleeves.  I eventually just cut them off and made the dress sleeveless.  This time, I decided to try the Scout Tee sleeve pattern, elongated.  I added a little gathering (barely any) to the bottom of the sleeves with a half inch band.

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes

I flared out the side seams of the pattern, meticulously pattern matched all those beautiful triangles, and added a shirt hem to the bottom.  I am in love with this new shirt, and I’m sure a lot of this love has to do with the fabric!

Cloud 9 Palos Verdes

There were a handful of other bloggers that also worked on the Palos Verdes Blouse Challenge.  Their posts will be popping up this week, take a minute and go check them out!

Melissa Mora

Nienke de Jong

Charise Randell

Michael Ann Shreeve


Carolina Martinez

Thank you so much Cloud 9 and Sew Mama Sew for letting me participate in this challenge…it’s been great!

  • http://www.nearestthepinblog.wordpress.com Renee //nearest the pin

    This is beautiful Theresa!! I love the pin tucks and the floaty style. The photo setting looks lovely too :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Renee! Don’t let my husband hear about your photo compliments…it might go to his head :)

  • Renee

    How exciting to get to do this challenge! You’re great at making blouses for sure -Smart fabric and pattern pairing- love the sleeves and hem!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Renee! I need to make many more blouses…I’m loving them!

  • http://sewsnbows.com Amy Mayen

    So pretty! I love that print:) I’ve never messed with pin tucks:)

    • Teresa

      Isn’t the fabric amazing! And pintucks are crazy easy! It surprised me the first time I sewed them!

  • http://adirondackinspired.com Monica

    Love this! Great choice with the open collar, I like how it opens things up. And this fabric….so great!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Monica! I can’t wait to see what you start sewing for yourself :)

  • http://www.lovelola.com Lola

    This is such a beautiful blouse!! I was also jumping up and down for joy when I was selected. The green in the fabric definitely suits you and pictures by the water.. im absolutely jealous (its 20 here!)

    • Teresa

      Ooh…20 is so cold. I don’t think my FL blood could handle it!

  • http://acreativemint.typepad.com leslie

    WOW! I loved seeing this design used for this style of shirt. Wow. Thank you. This was my favourite design in the collection.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Leslie! You being the designer of this fabric, I am so, so, so flattered! What an awesome job you did!

  • http://bonnechanceblogspot.blogspot.com/ sewbecause

    Your careful pattern matching really paid off! I do love how the pin tucking works with the print!

    • Teresa

      Thanks…pintucks might be my new favorite thing!

  • http://onceuponasewingmachine.com Rachel

    I love what you choose to do with it! Your edits and button choice are just perfect. I hadn’t seen this fabric detail quite this close up- loving how the watercolor feel to it pairs perfect with the blouse style!

    • Teresa

      Am I the only one that sweats when it comes time for buttons! They can make or break a project….so thank you so much!

  • http://ourcheznous.blogspot.ca Julie

    This is so pretty :) Great fabric/pattern combination, and the collar looks great like that!

    • Teresa

      Thanks…I LOVE this fabric. Would it be weird if I made LOTS of things out of it! Probably a whole wardrobe of one print would be strange!

  • http://pienkel.blogspot.com Nienke

    It’s fabulous Teresa! The fabric works wonderful for this pattern as well, love the open neckline.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Nienke! I think the neckline is my favorite part of this blouse, other than the fabric!

  • http://sewzalot.com Debbie

    That is a great blouse! Love the style and fabric! I remember seeing the dress made with the pattern last year, and love that as well!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Debbie. I love when you can use patterns over and over again!

  • http://www.feathersflights.com Heather Feather

    That fabric is gorgeous! It’s so fun as a blouse! And I’m super impressed with all the little thought out changes you made to the pattern that made the final shirt fantastic! I love it!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Heather! I love seeing all of the things that you are sewing up!

  • http://www.falafelandthebee.com Michelle

    You did a beautiful job! I love how very feminine this fabric looks when made into such a flowy flattering shirt!

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  • http://www.behind-the-hedgerow.com Laura – Behind the Hedgerow

    This pretty much sums up a perfect blouse for me. I absolutely adore it! The fabric (that would defo be my first choice from the collection) – the pintucks (definitely the pintucks!) – the style. Great job. x

    • Teresa

      You are awesome Laura…thank you! This shirt definitely sums up my style!

  • http://www.seamsandfinishes.com Ellen

    I love the pin tucks on your blouse-very subtle and feminine. The fabric is delightful, too!

    • Teresa

      It is amazing fabric! Thanks Ellen!

  • http://www.milkandhoneyonline.com eleanor

    I didn’t read all the comments so if it’s previously answered, so sorry for the repeat. I love the fabric. I searched for it online and the one retailer I found was sold out of it. Is this a new fabric or an oldie, but a goodie? I’m obsessed with it. I rarely find prints that I love enough to make a garment out of them, you know?


    • Teresa

      Hey Eleanor…it is soon to be released. From what I have read it will be available the end of January. I can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Tracy

    This design is a great showcase for the fabric. It looks really comfortable too.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Tracy! It is one of my favorite tops now! :)

  • http://mellysews.com Melissa

    Love the way this turned out – especially those pintucks. LOVE pintucks!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Melissa…your blouse was awesome too! And pintucks are the best!

  • http://Www.youandmie.com Cherie

    Love this blouse so much!! Exactly what I would have made myself. And that fabric is so beautiful!!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Cherie! It is awesome fabric…I would love to get my hands on more :)