Skip to main content

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!

*********************************************************************************

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

Comments

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

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

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Top 5 - Hits of 2017!

Joining in with Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow to post a couple of reflective posts for 2017.

2017 was a funny sewing year for me - I pretty much didn't blog at all, and what I made was mostly pattern tests.  I think that reflects what felt like the busiest year yet and am trying not to beat myself up about all the stuff I didn't make that I wanted to!

2018 is hopefully going to be more considered making, especially as I have signed up for the Goodbye Valentino RTW Fast!  No clothes shopping for me...argh!

Without further ado - here are the garments I think were my five "hits" of 2017:

1.  Reece Shift Dress (Sinclair Patterns)


I LOVE this dress.  I don't like wearing dresses but wear this to work all the time.  It makes me feel smart and professional (even though it needs a press in the second picture!) and is really well suited to the Sydney climate.

As someone who recently swore off making dresses to try and find myself a true TNT, I might sneak in another versi…

Dumb and Dumber - or how not to make a Washi Dress...

[Note that I believe all the dumbness in this post is to do with my newbie status as pattern adjuster, some carelessness, some overconfidence and some just plain idiotic moves - not the Washi pattern!  I found the pattern itself really easy to follow and sew; and if you don't totally screw it up then it's quick to sew too!]

So like everyone else that moves, I really liked the look of the Washi dress / tunic.  I bought the pattern and then ummed and ahhed about the FBA part.

Dumbness #1:
Clearly, I have to accept that I always require an FBA.  Why would I think otherwise?  I guess partly it was the measurements on the pattern; but the advice was clear and for my circumstances, an FBA was needed.  So here is attempt 1 - it was supposed to be a muslin and then I started loving the fabric was gutted when it didn't fit.

Dumbness #2:
Making a muslin out of a fabric I liked, then being crapped off when it didn't fit.


Mmmmm squeezy!

Happily my friend Danika selflessly stepped…

Named Astrid Wrap Shorts - Pattern Test

I absolutely love the new collection from Named called Royals.  I was lucky to have the opportunity to test the Astrid Wrap Shorts, which is a two in one pattern of either shorts or full length wide legged pants.

Here are the versions on the Named site:


The pattern was clear and easy to follow.  The only tricky part was ensuring the place where the wrap starts is nice and neat.

I made my version out of some cream herringbone linen I bought in Tessuti Melbourne several years ago:

And here is the front:


back:


and side, where the tie is:


I love these shorts.  I am not sure the plain linen is the best fabric to use for visual impact, but they are super comfortable and a good weight for Sydney.

I did have a sizing issue in that they turned out quite a bit larger than expected, which means I need to pull the tie tighter and makes it look messy.  As this was a pattern test I would not take this as necessarily true of the released pattern, and I will confess that I haven't checked the fin…