A while back, I promised this was going to be the summer of the Phoenix Blouse. So it’s about time for another post about the Phoenix Blouse, don’t you think? Don’t worry, I’ll make up for it with 2 posts about it this week, okay?
When Aria saw the Phoenix Blouse I sewed for myself, she “needed” one. And I get it, I “need” a few more myself! After trying on my Phoenix Blouse, she had some exact requests for her Phoenix Blouse. She wanted the Amalfi Dress sleeves and for the Phoenix Blouse to be a little more fitted. These were easy adjustments to make!
To make Aria’s Phoenix Blouse more fitted, we simply basted the sides of the size 6. Then she tried it on inside out. I pinned the sides to the amount of fitted-ness that she requested, and then I sewed up the side seams.
The Phoenix Blouse is made to have the sleeves from the Amalfi Dress fit, so that was an easy adjustment too. Both patterns are designed by Hey June Patterns, and she deliberately made these two patterns work together. We just used the size 6 sleeves from the Amalfi Dress pattern, and lengthened them a little so they hit right at Aria’s elbow after hemming.
Just like on my blouse, we used layers of blue lace on the front yoke. It creates such a cute boho look!
The fabric is rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. You can find it right here. It’s perfectly soft and drapey and also cool to wear in hot weather. Aria has gotten many, many compliments while wearing her new Phoenix Blouse.
To go with her new blouse, Aria requested a new skirt. She settled on a Runway Skirt made from black stretch sateen with black rayon challis godets.
Because we were using woven fabric (and the Runway Skirt is designed for knit fabric) we decided to go up a size from where Aria was on the measurement chart. This was a mistake because we ended up taking the skirt in at every seam (after these photos were taken.) Next time we sew a woven Runway Skirt, we’ll just stick with the regular size. The skirt is not designed with negative ease, so making it with woven fabric, or even stretch woven fabric is not an issue as there is a zipper in the back. Lesson learned!
While Aria can and does sew her own clothes, recently we’ve come to an agreement. If she cuts out the fabric, I’ll sew it up for her…especially if I’m making two of the same pattern like I was this time. But more on that in the next post…
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