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Thread Theory Camas Blouse

Edited to add:  this pattern is actually on sale at the moment ($7.50 instead of $11) - not sure how long for but I would go grab it now!

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A few weeks ago, Thread Theory (of awesome menswear pattern fame) introduced their first pattern for women:


[As an aside, I am seriously hoping that the totally rad pants the model is wearing in this shoot are womenswear pattern number 2 from Thread Theory!  That's a truck sized hint...]

The Camas Blouse is a comfortable yet super chic button up (or faux button up!) which is designed for knit fabrics.  The lovely people at Thread Theory sent me a copy to try out and review.

Given it's the season of partying and sparkling, I went for a dark blue version with some contrast sequin areas.



Sorry for the darkness of these pictures - Nick obviously wasn't on his game on the day we took these!

I also went sleeveless as it's full on summer here in Australia.  It can be difficult to feel dressed up when it's always so hot so something like this is perfect - nice and drapey and cool and comfortable, but still a bit elegant :)  I stay stitched the sleeves, adjusted the armhole a little and then just turned under and stitched.  It worked well, though next time I think I will bind the armhole for a cleaner finish which will match the neckline / placket too.

Here is a less flattering picture but which lets you see the actual colour and details a bit better.  I went for the buttonless version, and also added a band around the hem (mainly because I got overexcited and forgot to lengthen it before I cut it out...oops!).  I quite like how it looks though:



And the back, in all its sequinned glory.  I love the femininity of the back gathers - the top drapes beautifully and is really flattering



I am not sure whether I like it better tucked in or untucked.  I think for the next one I will make it quite a bit longer and have it untucked...


Its not awfully visible in these pictures but I actually added a band of the sequin down the side seams.  Tbh this was mostly because I didn't do an FBA (will I ever learn??!!) and it was originally a bit squeezy in the chest area.  I will do the FBA next time and the shirt will be more gracefully draped at the front...


All up a lovely shirt and I can see myself making tons of these.  Sleeveless and shorter sleeved for summer in both casual and more dressy fabrics, plus with longer sleeves for work and once we head towards winter.

Another picture, mainly because I liked this one :)



I see another of these in my very near future, so hopefully I will be sharing that soon!

Ciao for now...

p.s. if anyone knows what my hair thinks it's doing in these pictures do let me know...
p.p.s. check out some of the other versions popping up around the bloggy world - I especially like this one

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  1. thanks for the shout-out! looooove your sequins!

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    1. Thanks Meg! It's a great pattern - I will be making more, both with and without sequins :)

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