Last week I posted on Instagram that I was in a blouse rut.  After many month of wearing jeans to work as I unpacked dusty boxes and yank rusty staples out of documents, it’s time to transition back into business casual.  I have a few pairs of pants that I rotate through, but I often struggle with tops that aren’t sweaters.  With Me-Made May and the summer months approaching, I knew I needed some options!  Luckily, you guys rose to the challenge and I got so many amazing blouse suggestions.  That night, I bought three new patterns — and the Stockholm blouse was the first one I made!  I actually have two versions of it, but today, we’re talking about my blue floral version.

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A Blue Floral Stockholm Blouse

Atelier Scämmit was one of the pattern designers recommended to me, and I was surprised I had never heard of it before!  I really love French pattern designers, so it’s lucky I can speak French, right?  If you have any other suggestions for French/Francophone patterns, please let me know in the comments.

Fabric and Sizing

I used a blue floral polyester/crepe from JOANN for my first Stockholm blouse.  Lately I’ve seen a lot of cute fashion fabrics there that are kind of vintage feeling without being too kitschy, which I love!  I’m really drawn to prints when I’m buying fabric, but then I find myself always reaching for the solids in my closet. I think that this small floral print is a good balance of pattern without being too overwhelming for me, especially when paired with a solid cardigan.  The one downside to this fabric is that it does feel pretty polyester-y.

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My Stockholm blouse is a size 38, which feels pretty good except it’s a little tight across the shoulders.  I didn’t make any real intentional #sewingtall modifications, but I did realize as I was sewing that the body of the blouse was cut for the no-ruffle view.  Since I added the ruffle, it’s a little more tunic length on me than it would be had I cut as intended.  I actually really like the length, though, and wish I had made the same mistake on my other Stockholm!

Sewing the Stockholm Blouse

The Stockholm blouse took me about two hours to sew — it’s really not a complex pattern.  I love making raglan blouses, which helps!  Envisioning how a raglan sleeve is set in is something I can’t ever seem to do, so I love that magic moment when it all comes together.

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I made two adjustments or extras to the pattern.  First, I gathered the ruffles instead of pleating them. Second, I added a button to the back neckline.  The pattern says the button at the neck is optional.  It could have been, but it would have been tight.

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I got a few people asking me to talk about how easy the pattern would be for a non-French speaker.  I think if you’re familiar with constructing raglan blouses, you should be okay.  There’s really nothing hidden or tricky about the pattern.  The pattern has a few accompanying photos which make the whole process even easier.

You guys totally came through for me with the Atelier Scämmit suggestion, thank you!  I can’t wait to sew up some more patterns from this company.  I’m curious — do you often sew patterns written in your non-native language?