This Solitude Blouse is the pattern featured in Sewing Life Magazine Issue 9.
Sewing Life magazine is written and created by Maria Fabaech Moesby. She is the founder and owner of the magazine. It is a bi-monthly magazine that teaches you sewing and fitting techniques so that you can look and feel great in your sewing creations. The Maria Denmark team is committed to teaching you how to use your sewing skills to make great fitting clothes and to help you build a versatile and fashionable capsule wardrobe. All levels of sewists will find it informative, and the patterns that are featured in each issue are fun to create. The featured pattern in each issue is shown with a variety of styles and pattern hacks, all of which include pictures and step by step directions. You can get a free magazine issue on the website! It includes an easy to sew dress pattern, which is great for beginning sewers or a quick sew. It can be easily adapted for all seasons depending on the fabric type and the length of the dress.
The Solitude Blouse was a nice pattern to sew. I made a Size 46 (European Sizing) based on my bust measurements. It fit me well throughout and I really liked that it was not too big in the waist and hips which I find happens often due to the sizing I need through my shoulders and bustline. I made slight alterations to the fit of the shoulder and felt very confident doing this as I had read an article in SL8 about making these adjustments. Each magazine issue includes specifics about making alterations and as an intermediate sewer I really appreciate these finer details about sewing. I chose to make the scoop neck version of the blouse. There is also a V-neck option which is very flattering. The blouse sleeve length is offered in a 3/4 length style with a tie and a full length with a cuff. I combined all of these choices and created a full length sleeve with a cuff and tie. I appreciated the detail in the neckline. I added my prerequisite 3" to the sleeve and 5" to the bodice length to accommodate for being 6 feet tall.
I used a fabric sourced from a my local Fabricland. I was drawn to this particular fabric by the soft sage background and of course, the leopard style print. This print is a bit different because it also reminds me of a Pansy.
This is a nice blouse to add to any capsule wardrobe for any season. It offers variety in style and design which is perfect because there is always Sew Much To Design.
Skirt: Vintage Leather