Meet Petals- The Floral Raglan Blouse...and some thoughts.

There are so many things that come to mind when I prep to write a blog post....How do I title this?.., what pictures should I use?.. I want to tell you about this raglan blouse and all the flowers and how divine the fabric is to touch!!! I want to tell you hello and all that jazz that goes along with it, and show you a gazillion pictures, cause that is actually how many I took before writing this post. Sometimes, I want to say: "What's up y'all, what's crackin!"  But, I change my wording because, I think..~~~, will they receive my relaxed, sometimes crass tone as easily as my Periscope folks do when I start a broadcast, or maybe "will my impatient Youtube subscribers receive my laid back somewhat wordy conversational style when they read my blog? So many questions arise... "What interest you? Is it fashion only? Do you want to see cute pics? Hear stories? See construction details? See my studio? Have updates of my sew life? Or, learn about the patterns I use or the lack thereof?....there are so many directions I can take a blog post.  So I start with this.....
"Hey y'all, I made a new blouse!!!  Yeepee!! Meet Petals....

I become bored so easily with just showing pics of my makes and discussing what seam I used or the pattern I used. I want to tell you a story about the blouse and how long it sat in the corner of my studio balled up in a wad waiting for me to love on it and cuddle it in my arms. How it sat hoping I would smooth the wrinkles from its soft forgiving petals and then wrap it's caresses around my shoulders to allow it to comfort my body the same way a warm spring might feel on a cool spring morning.  I present to "Petals" the name of my new blouse.
This poor blouse has been sitting in the corner of my studio for months.  I almost forgot about it until my cousin came to visit and noticed "the pretty fabric in the corner."  I showed it to her and realized it was complete and ready to just take pictures.  So I put it on my dressform and that is were it sat for a long all probably have seen it in the background of some of my videos or periscope broadcast.  That is all.  So here she is in all her glory with the pants from stitch fix that I made the alteration to on my channel.
It's a raglan sleeve with puff/ bishop sleeves, but I decided not to put the band on the sleeve, I like the loose look a little better.  The wide collar is fun and comfortable.  The pattern is a custom sized pattern from bootstrap fashions...
I like the way it fit straight off the changes to the shoulders, but the length and the waist are very big.  I took in the back to give me more of a curve, but that created a little problem, so I had to distribute the amounts by taking in the back seam, some of the darts on the back as well as some of the side seams.  I'm still working to figure out how their patterns run.  I may need to just print out the base size 14 pattern to check the fit of it and gauge how it works first before using their custom sizes.  Of course that adds cost by, I think .60cents to print a different size from your original download.  Bootstrap charges $2.99 per printout for each PDF pattern, plus an additional .50c for the seam allowances.  
 Next up is a dress I made for my daughter, Jennifer to test the sizing of bootstrap for plus size curvy ladies.  Here is a sneak peak until I can finish writing that post and get pictures of her wearing the finished look for you all to see.....


  1. I love your blouse!!!! Can't wait to read about your daughter Jennifer dress!!

  2. Your blouse looks so much better than the pattern you really brought it to life. I got to watch you on periscope making your daughter's dress. It is so becoming and can't wait to see your next blog on the finished look.

  3. Everything came out GREAT! That blouse is so cute, and the dress for your daughter is coming along nicely can't wait to see her in it when it's all done. :)

  4. I enjoyed reading your post! The blouse is very beautiful and you took some great looking pictures! I can't wait to see the finished version of your daughter's dress.

    1. Well thank you very much Olivia. I try with these pics. If don't get them right when I'm done, I'll have a really hard time remembering later.

  5. Beautiful blouse! I've yet to try a Bootstrap. I may give them a shot.

  6. Beautiful blouse - those sleeves are fabulous! And I look forward to reading about your daughter's dress - looks beautiful so far! And whatever you write in your blog post is fine with me.

  7. Saw your review at Pattern Review and had to come see more details. This is lovely blouse! I may have to give Bootstrap Patterns a try in the near future.

  8. Loving those sleeve, Andrea! That dress is gorgeous!


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