Inspired by Allie, I’ve also decided that I should give my self-drafted makes more love by giving them more presence through naming them. I’m guilty of downplaying self-drafted patterns, by no means are they easier to make than commercial patterns. In-fact they require even more effort!
The Esme Blouse is a sleeveless top with a peter pan collar. It is slightly A-line but drafted in a way that gives it a slightly curved side seams to accentuate the waist. Bust and waist darts are also inserted to show a slimmer torso. It has a concealed back zip and the top ends just past the hips to allow it for tucking in or out. And I’ve used bias-bind on the armhole.
This blouse is made out of cotton from Cotton + Steel. If you are in Singapore and would like to purchase some, you can do so via here.
I have been really rusty with sewing collars as I haven’t done so for a long time. So it was slightly challenging in ensuring the collar match up and ends nicely at the back. After some adjustments, I managed to pull it through 🙂
So what is it I like about a self-drafted pattern? Firstly, definitely the fit. I’ve found that I am quite an in-between size which often requires me to adjust commercial patterns to get it to fit me nicely. Secondly, I like how I can customize and design to my liking. Both of these points makes it a big win for me.
I still enjoy using commercial patterns, so I’m definitely not going to be swung to either side drastically. I like to keep things fun and fresh!