Lace Sutton Blouse

Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift

Did you know I was chosen as a contestant for the Super Online Sewing Match over at Sew Mama Sew?  I’ve been a little quiet about it, probably because I’m a little bit nervous (okay, a lot nervous) but I’m also super excited to compete and sew along!

Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift

Our first challenge was to sew the Sutton Blouse (pattern by Kelli over at True Bias). At first that calmed my nerves a bit since I’ve sewn this pattern before and then I started second guessing all of my decisions when I was fabric shopping. Should I choose fabric that can show off my stripe matching skills, or maybe pattern matching skills. And then Josh eventually chimed in with good advice (his advice usually is pretty good) and said “Teresa, you were chosen to compete, so stay true to your style. Sew what you would normally sew and if you are chosen to move on in the competition, then great! If not, you’ve sewn some things that you’ll wear and love.”  Good advice, huh?

Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift

So here’s my new top, sewn in black rayon challis from the imagine gnats shop. I used the same rayon for my last Sutton (just a different color). Ooh, I should mention, my last Sutton gets worn about once a week, so I knew this fabric would be great for another Sutton. Perfect drape, perfect weight, and it holds up to lots of washes!

Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift

I love the contrast fabric options with the yoke, so i cut my yoke piece out of cotton / nylon / rayon lace fabric from Jo Ann (I liked that the lace wasn’t too flowery and it had great drape). This lace, rayon combo is nothing new. Caroline (from Blackbird Caroline Fabric) has sewn a similar Sutton and I love the look of her top!

Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift

My last Sutton I sewed in a size 4, where my measurements put me, and the fit is great! This time, though, I sized down the pattern and sewed a size 2. I knew there was enough ease in the pattern that it would still fit great, just a slimmer silhouette. The only other pattern change I made was when I finished the sleeves. I didn’t want to just fold my lace fabric over, so instead I cut two more one inch wide bias strips from my rayon and finished the sleeves just like the neck.

Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift  I ironed the shirt, I promise.  Rayon Challis just wrinkles easily, and the light caught my wrinkles just right, agh!

I love how Kelli’s pattern instructions walk you through a beautiful finish inside and out. All of the seams (except the sides) are french seamed. And the sides of my blouse are surged and then turned under and stitched, leaving a clean finish! These pictures below give you a little peek at the insides…

Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift

Phew, round one of the Super Online Sewing Match is done…I’ve never sewn something so meticulously, making sure each seam was perfect! And even better, I love my new top!

Lace Sutton Blouse :: Dandelion Drift

  • http://www.createdblissfully.blogspot.com Corinnea

    He gave very good advice and your top is very pretty. It looks great on you!

  • http://www.radianthomestudio.com Sara

    Good husband with good advice :) I love this! Sometimes simple is much more effective than too many details.

  • http://thetelltaletasha.blogspot.com Tasha

    That lace is sooo beautiful! Yes, husband for coming through in the clutch! lol I love it.

  • http://www.sewnhenge.com Michelle

    OOh, what a pretty classic style! Great fabric choice! It is true, competition or not, we want to actually wear these things after!

  • http://cookinandcraftin.blogspot.com Meg

    Beautiful! Love the lace!

  • http://skirtastop.com kristin

    it’s beautiful! very wearable but also gorgeous. i’m sure it feels like a dream against your skin.

    so excited you’re a contestant in the Match, i’m looking forward to all of your projects!! good luck!

  • http://www.blackbirdfabrics.com Caroline

    Love this blouse on you! Reminds me that I need to make more of these… Good luck in the match :)

  • http://www.hungiegungie.com erin

    You look so great in this! I love it. Lace is so pretty. And intimidating to me! Good luck in the contest. You will do so great!!

  • http://youngseamstress.blogspot.ca Shannon

    This is gorgeous! I was so close to making mine with a lace yoke as well, but decided that it would be too busy with a printed fabric. This turned out so well though! It’s so classic, and I love the lace that you used. Best of luck! :)

  • http://fasewla.wordpress.com Teri

    This is so pretty! I love the lace yoke. This looks like a winner to me! Good luck in the competition!

  • http://Www.tanyamaile.com Tanyamaile

    I love the black lace paired with the challis. It looks so comfy and elegant at the same time.

  • http://workpraysew.com Angela

    Great fit and beautiful fabric choices. It’s a really wonderful top.

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  • http://jaxbear.wordpress.com Jax

    What a great look with the lace. You’ve now motivated me to give this pattern a try.

  • https://redknits.wordpress.com/ Cheryl

    I love your version. So classically elegant!

  • http://ornamentalconfectionery.blogspot.com Kristina

    I love it! I really like how the lace softens up the severity of the black.

  • https://instagram.com/ptalexandersc/ Paige

    Love your version! Great job!

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  • http://www.falafelandthebee.com Michelle

    You did an amazing job! It looks so beautiful on you too.
    I love how you made the inside so pretty as well.
    ~Michelle

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