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Mariposa blouse


The Pattern

This pretty blouse is the Mariposa by French pattern designer Lysimaque Sew. The patterns are available in french and english.


It's described as "a feminine blouse all about volume and ruffles. Her high neckline frames your face, the decolletage shows a bit of clavicle and the bust ruffle is the best feature of the blouse."


The sizing isn't inclusive, only going up to 44 (106cm hip).


The difficulty level is intermediate, which I think is about right. Some of the construction is quite fiddly, but not confusing.


I'm really into this super-feminine style at the moment, and am enjoying details in patterns. All the ruffles and the neck tie really appeal to me aesthetically!



Fit and Construction

There is a lot of ease built in; it's designed to be boxy and flowy, with no shaping.


The instructions warn that the top is quite short, and I as I like to tuck things in I lengthened the bodice by an inch.


I tend to find boxy shapes a little overpowering, possibly due to my short stature, so I made a size smaller than the chart placed me. I could easily have gone down again which would have bought the yoke ruffle up at the shoulder a little.


The instructions tell you how to make the yoke ruffle in two ways - double it over for lightweight fabrics or a hemmed single layer. Even though my fabric was on the lighter side I chose the hemmed version to keep it as light as possible. Also I prefer to gather just one layer of a fabric like this crepe as it can fray a bit and get bulky.

After making the Tilly and the Buttons Mabel dress recently I want to add shirring to absolutely everything!

I made a narrow hem on the sleeves and added three lines of shirring. I'm really pleased with how it looks with the blouse!


Fabric

I am part of the ambassador program for Fabric Godmother and was lucky enough to be allocated my choice of fabric in their latest release of their own designs. This was my first time getting selected, so I was really excited to have a go!


This is a viscose crepe was designed in collaboration with the Print Pattern Archive who work with vintage designs.


All of the Fabric Godmother fabrics are of amazing quality and a real pleasure to work with. Outside of the ambassador program I regularly buy them myself.



Mariposa version one

While I'm here, I'll share my original version of this pattern.


I made it with Liberty Tana lawn in design 'Shattered Story' and chose the long sleeves with elasticated cuffs. I got the fabric from Liberty with a voucher - I wish they sold in half metres as I only needed 1.5 metres for this pattern, as with most blouses.


I love the colour of this and enjoy pairing it with a bright pink chunky cardigan in cooler weather for a dose of dopamine dressing!


I don't think this design in still in production but I've found some here: https://www.coolcrafting.co.uk/product/shattered-story-liberty-tana-lawn/



Thanks for reading!

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