There are a few things I tend to shy away from. Things like mystery quilt, swap with total stranger or pattern testing. Not that I don’t like to do any of these, but I am not a super fast maker and I tend to start a new project on impulse. Well, I sign for a pattern testing on an impulse… When I read that Megan Nielsen was looking for testers for her new pattern my thoughts went: ‘why not?’ – ‘but her patterns are for young people, and I am not’ – ‘let’s register, anyway there’s going to be too many testers, I won’t be chosen!’… And guess what? I made it to the testers team!
So here is Dove, made from some cotton/linen bought at my local shop, the Sewing Studio (I think the fabric might still be in stock). Was linen a good choice for this blouse? NO because it wrinkles like mad and I had to iron far to many times during the construction. YES, because it gives the garment a Bo-ho look that I love.
Dove has a V-neck, comes with 3 different sleeves: elbow, flare and bell sleeves (I made version 2 – flare sleeves). I wasn’t quite sure about the flare or bell sleeves. But again, the idea of testing a pattern was also to get out of my comfort zone.
Dove has a high-low curved hemline. Did I mention before that I did not like high-low hemline? I was WRONG. I LOVE the high-low curved on this blouse, again the Bo-ho feel.
Construction wise, it went like a breath. The instructions are clear, going through each step in details (that’s why I love Indie patterns so much!). The curved hem and the neck are faced which gives a nice, clean finish. I had to grade the pattern as busty-me would not fit in the larger size, adding 3 inches. It works well around the bust, but I think the shoulders are slightly too big now. I am planning to make another one, and this time I’ll do a FBA and probably lower the French dart, and still add a bit of ease at the back. I might also have to shorten the sleeves, they are cut in the bias and they have ‘grown’ since I made it.
I am so pleased and thankful to have been part of Megan Nielsen pattern testing. I probably would never have picked this pattern for myself and I would have been so wrong. It is lovely, the lines are modern and flattering and I learnt that I am still young enough to be hipster ;).
NB. have you notice my necklace? I made it! It is a fairly easy knotting project: glass and silver beads with contrasting silk thread, Buddha head stone and homemade embroidery cotton tassel.