Anna Sui Print Tie Blouse
Beautiful fabric, like this Mood Fabrics’ Black, Turquoise & Rose Anna Sui Cotton Print,
requires just the right pattern. This Anna Sui print marinated on my shelf for a month before I decided on a pattern. I felt it needed to be a bit more feminine to match the floral of the print. I went with a pattern I have sewn twice before, McCall’s 6512, view B, with the tie and 3/4 sleeves.
This fabric was the perfect match for this top. It drapes perfectly and presses so nicely. The one thing about this pattern is all the hand-sewing. The cuffs, front facing, collar, neck facing, are all hand-sewn into place. You could easily edgestitch these and speed up the sewing process. I am good with the post-shirt advice, I did all the hand-sewing!
I paired this blouse with my black ponte pants for a dressier look but I can see it with skinny jeans and boots then possibly add a cardigan. It will be very versatile and this color combination of black-torquoise-rose will be so nice in the winter months when you want some color.
Back to the pattern, it has lots of ease and is a true tunic-type top. I believe next time I will eliminate the tucks in the back, thus taking out some fullness. Can you see the tucks and the extra fullness in the middle back? This would be a good way to make a slimmer top.
The viscose and cotton blend of this fabric makes such a good combination. The fabric is lightweight but not too thin and presses like a cotton, all important factors for this blouse.
How many of you complete a garment, wear it a few times or even once and decide to change something on that garment? This might be one of those garments. I might do a bit of tweaking on the side seams. I love this top and the pattern, I just might not want all the extra width.
One more time, this Anna Sui fabric is just such a joy to sew. Call me a bit strange, but I just couldn’t wait to sew a seam and head to the ironing board to press this fabric. It worked perfectly.