Adrienne Blouse in a floral rayon jersey
A review of Friday Pattern Company Adrienne Blouse
There are just three pattern pieces for this pattern – it uses the same pattern piece for the front and back and then there’s the sleeve and the neck binding. And that’s it. You fold over the top and bottomof the sleeve to create the channel for the elastic you insert at the shoulder and the wrist.
There is very little ease around the bust, which I didn’t realize until I made it. I don’t like such a tight fit there, my personal preference. Luckily, the pattern has a 5/8″ seam allowance, so I just reduced the seam allowance to 3/8″ (1 cm) when I sewed the side seams. I also used a 3/8 seam allowance when I attached the sleeves to the bodice.
If you plan on using a serger, you may want to baste it first or use a sewing machine with a zig zag stitch to test the fit after you sew the side seams. I sewed it on my sewing machine and checked the fit after I sewed the side seams and that’s when I realized it was a bit too snug for my tastes. I ripped out the 5/8″ seam I sewed and then did a 3/8″ seam allowance to give me slightly more ease.
I sewed size L and graded up at the hips. My bust (39″) was size L, hips (42.5″) are size XL. But as I said above, it was too fitted at the bust.
I will definitely sew it again but will sew size XL for a fit I’m more comfortable with. If you like a snug (revealing) fit, sew the size that’s within your measurements. If you want a slightly looser fit, sew the next size up. Sew a mockup to test the fit. I didn’t do that. lol
I love the neckline and the sleeves. It is simple to make and looks more complicated than it is. To see more photos, check out my CSews blog post on the Adrienne Blouse.