Sewing

A tale of two blouses

When Papercut Patterns released their Rubix collection in Sept. 2019, I bought two of the patterns instantly.  I loved the Nexus and Sequence blouses, with one of the main attractions being that both are reversible.

By coincidence, both of my versions are made with fabric from Lamazi who usually have a great range of drapey viscose in stock.

Sewing journal planning

Nexus

I sewed the Nexus up quite quickly as part of the #sewfrosting2019 Instagram challenge.  I paired my Nexus with some Atelier Brunette “Tabby” green viscose from my stash.

As I was using expensive fabric, I made a toile, which was a really smart move.  In preparation for writing this blog, I found my toile photos and it was comically large on me.  I don’t know if I mis-read the ease or what but it was falling off my shoulders.  So, I sized down and made the following additional adjustments:

  • Added 2″ to cropped bodice
  • Shortened sleeves by 1″
  • Used smaller buttons than recommended on the cuffs

The blouse feels lovely to wear.  I can just about wiggle into it without having to undo the buttons when they’re at the back, which is fairly important!

Sequence

From memory, I began to toile the Sequence quite quickly after I had completed the Nexus, but I didn’t have enough material so it gradually fell to the bottom of the pile.  This summer, Lamazi had some lovely lilac viscose with abstract flowers that I fell in love it.  I suddenly remembered the half-finished Sequence toile!

For my Sequence blouse, I opted for the long ties and made the following adjustments:

  • Shortened bodice by 1.5″
  • Shortened facing and tie width to accommodate shortened bodice
  • Levelled curves and re-drew notches on facing and ties

Making this blouse was a real joy.  The construction is quite simple which meant I could devote my concentration to the details, like topstitching the ties to make them easier to iron, understitching the facing and sewing a cute label into the facing.  The fabric was lovely to work with as it’s so soft, which also makes it feel great against the skin.

An unexpected bit of excitement that this blouse offered was the requirement to rifle through my button jar.  I’m sure it’s not just me who can spend ages with my button stash spread out over the table, trying to find the perfect one.  The crossover blouse is secured inside the side seam to made sure it doesn’t flap about or ‘go with gravity’ and fall down!  I chose a pink round button to add an extra little hidden pop of colour.

Unfortunately I didn’t appreciate that to look like the ‘reversed’ version on the model, I needed to put the ties in a different place to enable it to tie at the centre back.  Whilst a bit of a shame, this doesn’t bother me too much as I really like the V at the front.

I’m really pleased with the long ties.  I was slightly worried that they would be too long and get caught in things but I actually love them.  I also thought I might need a small snap to keep the wrap over top closed but it’s been fine.

Thanks for reading ;o)

One thought on “A tale of two blouses

  1. Very stylish. Mxxx On Sun, 11 Oct 2020 at 16:33, My Stash Reduction Quest wrote:

    > yorkiemouse posted: ” When Papercut Patterns released their Rubix > collection in Sept. 2019, I bought two of the patterns instantly. I loved > the Nexus and Sequence blouses, with one of the main attractions being that > both are reversible. By coincidence, both of my versions” >

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