Ok, so it’s only violet in name, & very deep green with sprigs on in actuality. The Colette Patterns Violet blouse though had been tempting me for a while before I laid out the dosh. What’s not to love – slightly scoop neck with a peter pan collar. Pretty gathered yoke. Cute puff sleeves. But I thought surely I could draft my own pattern to make this? Surely I had enough in my pattern library to cobble my own version together. Surely. But then I collapsed under the burden of beauty, visualising the many wonderful creations on the internet (Flickr has a lot to answer for), succumbing to my ultimate laziness.
Funnily enough I cut this out over the Christmas holidays possibly just as Joanne at Stitch and Witter was contemplating Violet. After a New Look 6000. I like the collective consciousness going on here. Joanne finished two beautiful versions before I got to the finishing post however.
I had a metre of this fine cotton which is almost lawn-like that I bought from Goldhawk Road at the Fandango last summer (I’m pretty sure it was just a metre …but no more than a metre and a half) Let me tell you, I managed to get the longer sleeved version out of it, save the undercollar which is cut from some spare. This collar is greedy on fabric you see. Even with the short sleeved version I wouldn’t have been able to get another collar cut, so as there was enough, I opted for this sleeve length. I’m not sure I like them as much as the short sleeves, but I thought I’d give it a go.
Not much to write about this pattern, except, as always, Colette Patterns provide fabulous instructions & beautiful styling. I adapted it a little to scoop out my waist a little as it was pretty voluminous in an unflattering way on me.
I thought about adding front vertical darts, but with the gathered yoke, wanted to keep it as more of a floaty top so just adjusted the side seams.
With such a busy print as this I wanted to provide some distinction to the collar. Remember my penchant for ric rac, here on this polka dot blouse, & here on the hem of my “happy” denim dress, well I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add it to Violet.
The collar & sleeve edges are adorned with very dark navy ric rac.
And I used 9 buttons in dark navy, because, well, I had that many!
So there you go. I’m not sure how the sleeves will fare under a cardigan, they have potential to annoy the heck out of me. I will definitely make more, especially short sleeves & maybe sleeveless. It is my dream pattern! Ultra!