Would you like to make a classy blouse from fabric leftovers? That is possible! Usually the processing of remnants of fabric is reduced to patchwork and this rarely has a chic look. This is because the fabrics do not always match in terms of color or structure. Sewing a classy or classic blouse is a challenge and also a lot of fun. The blouse will be unique, completely your own taste and it gives a good feeling to be sustainable and environmentally conscious.
You can read tips & tricks in this blog:
We have used this sewing pattern before, read the review here: McCalls M8014.
McCall's M8014 is a sewing pattern by designer Melissa Watson and is part of the collection of The Palmer Pletsch, tissue fitting method. This means that you can make the sewing pattern exactly to size according to the aforementioned system. If you want to know more about this, it is best to take a look at their website of the same name.
The sewing pattern is for a blouse in two variations. The variations are in the length and the yoke on the back. The blouse has a classic stand-up collar, a yoke at the back for extra freedom of movement, sleeve slits and a regular or concealed front closure.
Model A is ideal for using fabric leftovers!
Model A. is short and therefore ideal for using your fabric leftovers. You can all cut out the different pattern parts from other fabrics: the yoke, the sleeves, the long cuffs, the collar stand, the collar. You could make the front pieces differ from fabric or the part of the back piece. This way you get small pattern parts.
If you want to make the blouse look very classy: opt for subtle fabric differences, but try to stick to the same type of fabric: so whether everything is made of cotton, or of silk fabrics, or of linen and linen mixes.
This will work perfectly: make the stand of the collar of a print, the cuffs and the closure of the cuffs.
The blouse below is made of:
If your fabric leftovers are very small: you can always add a third or fourth color/fabric, as long as it matches the other fabrics.
Sewing and cutting the blouse
Sewing and cutting this blouse is not difficult. The sewing level on the sewing pattern indicates: medium experience desired. This is correct because for a total beginner, sewing the sleeve ends, is a bit difficult. And also the concealed front closure and the buttonholes. But it can be done with help. There are no pitfalls in this sewing pattern.
When cutting, make sure to cut the yoke TWICE.
As you can see in the picture, the blouse is sewn with the French seam. This was doable, even on the sleeves, as the fabric is very thin. It is much nicer in terms of finish than the standard zigzag edge or lockstitch edge as a finish.
Conclusion: a classy blouse & leftover fabric
Using fabric leftovers is of course a great idea anyway. It prevents waste, overflowing garbage cans and the unpleasant feeling that you have thrown away beautiful fabrics. Making patchwork quilts, bags or accessories may not be your thing, but a blouse, like this one, always comes in handy.
The blouse is very nice, but the short model is very short and might show your back or stomach. A tight shirt underneath is a safe idea.