For me one of the most rewarding parts of being able to make a pattern, is the ability to borrow design elements from beautiful garments that I find in my Pinterest perusals, and to implement them into my personal sewing projects, be it by tweaking an existing pattern or by drafting one from scratch.
French label Sézane is one of my fashion favourites, and a source of endless inspiration to me. I have yet to see a garment in any of their collections that I do not love and that would not fit seamlessly into my wardrobe and life. Alas they do not ship to South Africa.
….ha ha, who am I kidding?!?!
I could not afford their pieces even if they did ship here (never mind the heinous custom duties). If imitation is the highest form of flattery then Morgane Sezalory can consider this pattern hack another testament to my endless adulation of her brand.
I’ve long been a lover of ruffles and flounces and have been incorporating them into my clothes for as long as I can recall. This love for feminine detail used to make me feel like a bit of a fashion outcast among the minimalist Monocle magazine obsessed hipster scene that dominates Cape Town, but since discovering labels like Sézane and Blazac I have happily re embraced my natural aesthetic instincts.
This Alexis Blouse is perfection to me, and I’ve been wanting to sew something similar for a while. I decided to make my first attempt short sleeved, as we are about to enter Summer on this side of the equator, but I will undoubtedly be making more of these with longer sleeves for winter
I used this Burda pattern for this pattern hack. I lengthened it by 12cm, widened the neckline slightly and omitted the waist control dart, but you could use any loose fit blouse pattern to do the same sort of thing (you would just have to draft a button stand at the back if your pattern doesn’t have one). Pattern making is so much fun that I thought I would share the details of how to make a blouse like this for anyone who wants to give it a bash.
That’s pretty much it. If anyone wants to attempt this but still has some questions then don’t hesitate to give me a shout!