Scarlett Blouse (Pattern Review)


With quite some fabric leftover from making McCall’s 8042* about which I blogged here. I had enough fabric left to make another top. The one I settled on is the Simply Sewing magazine Scarlett Top.

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As a Minerva Brand Ambassador* I was gifted the fabric some months ago. Usually, when I am not sure what I will be making, I always get about 3 m of fabric. So after making my project for Mineva I still had about 1.5 m of this  Minerva Exclusive Chromatic Fizz Viscose Challis Fabric*. It did not take me long to decide to make the Scarlett Top from Simply Sewing Magazine.

I had enough fabric to make View and the tie belt from view B. For more details about my thoughts about the fabric

please check out my post on the Minerva website here*.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simply Sewing Magazine The Scarlett Top – versatile blouse pattern with four variations including a basic bodice and a wrap bodice with or without a tie belt. It can be made with sleeves or no sleeves.

Sizing: UK 6 to 30

Fabric: 1.5 m Minerva Exclusive Chromatic Fizz Viscose Challis Fabric*

Notions:  0.7 m of 1/4″(0.6 cm) wide elastic* for views that include the sleeves (A,C,D)

Modifications: none. I cut a straight size 14 using my body measurements. I made view A with the tie belt from B

Instructions: Keep in mind that the seam allowance is 1.5 cm. This is only noted on the pattern envelope on the back (I made a note on my pattern instructions as well). This is a straightforward pattern, I did not need instructions to make it. For a magazine sewing pattern, the instructions are pretty good and well organised. The diagrams are simple and easy to follow.

Fit: good. the garment is meant to be loose.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Yes

Make Again?: yes. I want to also make the wrap versions of this pattern.

I think the blouse will look better using contrast or solid-coloured fabric for the tie belt. With the busy print on this fabric the tie gets lost.

I even made some hair scrunchies with the scraps of fabric.

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