I am a year older! Amongst my gifts of Parma Violets and and other exciting goodies was the Airelle blouse from the French pattern company Deer and Doe (thank you Jimmy). I’ve had my eye on this for ages (Roobeedoo has made some gems) and so couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
The pattern is a delight to use, firstly, it’s printed on ‘proper paper’ no flimsy ‘I will tear and upset you’ tissue here and that was so nice. I’m not really one for tracing these days (so impatient) and to have substantial pieces that will last is a real treat. I wouldn’t say that the instructions hold your hand all the way, but if you’ve made one or two clothes before, you will be fine to use this pattern.
The biggest and most time consuming problem for me was picking a suitable fabric from my stash! The pattern calls for a lightweight drapey fabric and so in the end I went for this fine cotton that used to belong to my lovely mum. The blue used on the collar and cuffs is from the swap at the mega meetup in London and was originally put aside for my unfinished, disastrous trousers that are now in a carrier at the back of the cupboard.
Everything came together really well with the Airelle. I cut the size 38 and luckily I didn’t need to make any adjustments. I love the use of contrast fabric and am really pleased with the trim (although strangely there are no instructions for adding this!).
So here it is …
I’m not really miserable, I’m actually very happy but I wish I could do ‘funny’ photos! I’m so pleased with this top, I can’t wait to make another version or three or four. Sleeveless? No collar? Floral? So many options!
In other news, the exams are over! Normal life can resume and my teens can be teens again!