Some of you may remember that the first item of clothing I made my husband was this Finalyason Sweater from Thread Theory. Morgan and Matthew are celebrating the second birthday of their pattern business with their newest release, the Camas Blouse for women and sent it to me to review. Let me just start by saying that after the Finlayson, I had some high expectations… and this pattern did not disappoint in the least!
I asked one of my sisters-in-law to model for me, and I think we can all agree that she’s totally rocking it ;)
The only thing that threw me about that pattern was the 5/8″ seam allowances. I’m so used to 3/8″ seam allowances that it was hard to remember to use the wider one. I did use the option in the pattern to do a French seam for the under-arm/side seam, and the larger allowance was really nice for that.
The blouse is not drafted for woven fabrics, but Teresa and I really liked this semi-sheer black and she was hoping for something that was a little nicer than her usual to wear for the holidays. I went by her measurements in the size chart (which set her about one size bigger than RTW, so that is one thing to really pay attention to) and then went up one more to accommodate for the lack of stretch. As you can see, it worked! I also used the real-button option in the front so she doesn’t have to worry about pulling it over her head.
There are yokes for both the front and the back, with the bodice pieces being gathered to them. It gives some nice fullness over the bust and float to the back, which means it skims the body in all the places it should while still looking fitted and polished.
I also love the shirttail curve at the hemline. The pattern includes several different methods for hemming this. I went with the option to use a piece of ribbon to cover the raw edges- it’s turned inside so you can’t see it and was a great way to deal with this fabric that shredded if you looked at it wrong.
The pattern instructions are clear and concise and include line drawings for all the steps. The pattern pieces themselves are well-drafted and precise, which is always nice. I definitely recommend it – in fact, I have this gorgeous rainbow-stripe-on-gray knit that I picked up on Black Friday from JoAnn and I have it pegged for one of these shirts for me! With the loose fit and flattering cut, I have a feeling this pattern will be a staple in my wardrobe for a long time to come and I can’t wait to start playing with sleeve lengths and changing up the bodice a bit.