alterations

 

The Violet blouse from Colette is one of my all-time favorite patterns. I’ve already made it several times as-is from the pattern with no adjustments. I love it in dotted swiss and cotton voile. As per Colette’s usual M.O., Violet has a sweet vintage flair with it’s peter pan collar and gathered sleeves. However, calling on the latest spring trends for inspirations, I wanted to transform this classically styled pattern into something particularly on-trend for the coming season. This look was achieved by a few easy alterations that you can do too with minimal sewing experience.

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First the fabric choice: If there’s one thing that I’m seeing everywhere right now, it’s chiffon! The baroque floral polyester chiffon that I chose also reminds me of all of the graphic prints that have been popping up in boutiques and major retailers alike.

Making this blouse in chiffon meant that I ditched doing any of the facings that this pattern called for, even the front placket facings since I thought that it would look awkward in the sheer fabric. Instead I did a wide double-roll hem for the button placket to give it stability.

I also decided to make this variation sleeveless for the warm months ahead so I finished the arm holes with double fold bias tape stitched to the inside instead of sleeves.

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I also wanted to show off the beautiful chiffon I chose,so I added a few inches of width to the lower back pattern piece to create more ruffles at the yolk.

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And while one of my favorite aspects of the original Violet is the peter-pan collar, I decided to ditch it for a big ol’ neck bow; another feature I love on tops. I made this by cutting a strip of fabric about 5″ wide from selvage to selvage, folding it in half, and attaching it to where the collar would normally go. I then pressed and top-stitched the ends closed.

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I also decided to create a high-low effect (another trend that’s absolutely everywhere) by cutting the back longer than the front and curving the hem.

I finished all of my seams with French seams (my preferred method when working with chiffon; it’s easy and looks clean) and hemmed it all with a narrow double rolled hem.

That’s it! These are easy alterations that anyone can do!

-remove facings from the equation

-replace sleeves with bias tape

-add fullness to back piece

-replace collar with long strip

-taper the hem line

I can’t wait to wear my new blouse absolutely everywhere!

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