This is my FAVORITE shade of green. Over the last couple years, I’ve made a new green something for St. Patrick’s Day (despite the fact that I’ve never made anything for Valentine’s Day, which I think is a more fun holiday!) – and this year, I got this top in my head! I actually purchased this fabric back in January, after sewing up a few things from my stash, as per the goal I set for myself this year… If you’re not familiar, I talk a bit more about that here in my first recap post of the year! I was so excited when Allie stocked this fabric over on IndieSew. I knew it would be so soft, and again, THIS COLOR. I immediately had an Adrienne Blouse in mind.
I’ve been eyeing that Adrienne Blouse for a while. I’ve seen some amazing versions while following the hashtag on instagram – some of my favorites have included this awesome stripey version by myysweetsunshine, this bright and beautiful magenta number by theravelout (she is one of my favorites! and I’ve been thinking of making my own version of this EXACT outfit combo!) and this crazy good leopard version by scenesfromthesewingroom. It is such a great pattern – comfy and soft, but flattering and unique at the same time! I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to making one, but I do know that this won’t be my last one!
This pattern came together like a dream. This would be such a perfect pattern for a beginner sewist who is ready to work with knits – like I said, a unique garment that packs a great punch without being any more difficult than your standard t-shirt.
The front and back pieces are mirrored, so you end up essentially cutting out double of two large pattern pieces (the bodice and the sleeve) and then the two neck bands. The elastic insertion is simple, though I think in the future I will play around with the lengths to shorten the shoulders a bit! Overall, it is not a challenging garment – you can ABSOLUTELY make this if you want to, no matter your skill level!
I, of course used my trusty heat n’ bond soft stretch to hem this top! It’s just not worth it not to use it and risk a wonky hem on a knit garment! The precise finish to get with it can’t be bargained with.
For this garment, I made no alterations to the pattern. I had a specific pair of pants in mind to make (sneak peeks here in the photos!) To match this shirt,but I also knew I wanted the option to wear this with denim jeans and shorts as well, throughout the year. I think I’m happy with the way it looks with either!
On that note, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope your all wearing green today, and that no one pinches you!
- XX Elizabeth