Meadow Twill and Twirl

A review of Nexus Blouse

Reviewed by Sally Wallwin on 3rd April, 2020

This is super pattern and it’s in my TNT list forever now !

I made this in size 6 originally but it was a bit on the big side for me – so I unpicked and recut to a size 5.  It took me a few days to work myself up to doing this.  But I wore it to work as a size 6 – my work is a safe place to ‘try out’ new makes – and I loved the fabric and the design but there was just too much of it!  So I quiet evening spent unpicking overlocking and recutting + an extra half meter of fabric enabled me to remake a size smaller and I’m SO GLAD I did.

I just love this blouse.  As they say the devil is in the detail but in this case I think it’s the angel in the detail.  The puffed sleeves and long cuffs with covered buttons give it an elegant feel to wear and very feminine.

I made the longer version with the asymmetric hem front and back and full length sleeves.

The make was straightforward.  I was worried the cuffs would cause me some bother but the instructions and the pattern had it completely covered and with slow and steady progress they went together with no problems at all.

To make the curved hems even I ran around the hem with a large straight stitch at 5/8 from the bottom edge of the blousse and then overlocked to finish and used the stitching line as my guide for pressing and turning the hem.  It worked a treat.

I used Autumn Meadow Twill from the Sewing Cafe in Hinckley – a lovely drapey viscose twill – super for the twirlyness of the sleeves and the drape and shape of the body part of the blouse.

So final version made in size 5 – My measurements are B:98 W:80 H:108