One of the things I enjoy sewing the most (and wearing) are tops and blouses with soft feminine details. I’ve wanted a bohemian style blouse like this for a long time, but was waiting for just the right design. When the Rhapsody Blouse by Love Notions released, I knew it was meant for me! It has the perfect amount of shoulder gathers for my small frame. The ease chosen for this design is enough to look flowy and feel comfortable, without making me feel like I’m wearing a bag.
Many woven tops I’ve sewn in the past have been too large. I used to think the problem was my small bust, but simple doing an SBA didn’t seem to fix the problem. Adding in a narrow shoulder adjustment also didn’t solve the problem. I’ve prevented this problem here by choosing my size based on my high bust measurement. (It’s the method used on all of Tami’s blouse patterns.) I was between an XS and S, and chose to size down.
The size is spot on! I’m so happy with the fit!
I’ve used a sandwashed rayon challis from Sly Fox Fabrics. (Update: Unfortunately, It wasn’t the best quality rayon challis and kind of got ruined in the wash the second or third wear.)
I used my new narrow hem foot to finish the edge of the flutter sleeves…which I’m totally in love with, BTW! I bought a universal rolled hem foot. It was inexpensive and works well.
***Want to learn to make the perfect narrow hem? Check out my tutorial on using a rolled hem foot ——> HERE!***
I made my own bias tape using this Bias Tape Maker Set. I used the red ’18’ size, and folded it over to create double fold bias tape about 3/8″ wide.
I don’t think I’ll ever be purchasing ready made bias tape again!
I put this on last night, hot off the sewing machine. I had honestly forgotten how airy and light challis is! My wardrobe is very knits heavy, and this project reminded me not to discount the usefulness of lightweight wovens for wear in this unthinkably hot, humid, sweltering, UNBEARABLE….I mean, *lovely summer weather* we have in Charleston.
…And in case you’re wondering the XS fit with only adjustments for height this time! Less adjustments to make = more sewing time = happy happy Stephanie.
Here, I am also wearing my me-made distressed denim skirt —> post here.