salme lydia blouse

My last summer sewing project before plunging into fall and winter ideas (to be honest, I’m in waist deep already πŸ™‚ ).
As mentioned in my Kimono dress post, I’ve discovered Salme Patterns for me. I really like Elisa’s designs – simple with a touch of vintage.
So I couldn’t wait to make the Lydia blouse in this gorgeous lightweight cotton/silk mix feather print.

On the whole I’m very happy with this. I did have a few issues with this pattern though:

  • The fit is good, but man, these patterns really do run small! I should have gone up a size, even though I made the size that should have fitted me perfectly. It still fits, but the back is a bit tight and with the thin fabric the seams already look like they won’t last forever. Next time (yes, there’ll be a next time!) I’ll go up a size.
  • The instructions are pretty sparse. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get 11 pleats into the front, so I ended up with less
  • That neckline is a lot higher than in the pattern picture. I don’t think I did anything wrong here and it looks ok but I really wish it was a lower.

Things I liked about this pattern: It was easy and fast to assemble while still teaching me new techniques. The sleeve cuff finish especially is a very interesting folding technique which I liked a lot (I should mention I did blindstitch the whole cuff by hand instead of doing only a few tucks as instructed). I omitted the shoulder detail but I’ll probably make it next time. The pattern comes without seam allowances, which suited me fine since I was free to add my own 5/8 ” and french seam the whole thing. On second thought, maybe that’s what made my neckline so high…maybe I should have added a slimmer seam allowance there.
Using Jen’s great tutorial, I french seamed the sleeve inset and it worked great! Now I’m wondering why I’ve never done it before…so nice and neat!

Now…off to buy fall fabrics!


12 thoughts on “salme lydia blouse

  1. smunch

    I love this! The pattern and fabric are perfect, I love the pleats, I love the feathers. You make the Salme patterns look even better than the garments they advertise them with. I get so excited to see what you’re sewing! πŸ˜‰


  2. Kristina

    Thanks everyone πŸ™‚ I’m glad you like it as much as I do πŸ™‚
    @Lauren, guess what, I tried sewing with knits last saturday. Not my favourite fabric to sew with I have to say and I’ll have to rip out half of what I did and start over again, but maybe it’ll get to a stage where I can show it here πŸ™‚


    1. smunch

      I know, it’s hard! I tried again but actually messed up cutting the pattern, so I can’t blame it on the knit. Do you use a walking foot? I sort of don’t even know what that is but heard I should get it to sew knits. Although I know you use an antique machine, so I don’t even know what that adds to the game!


      1. Kristina

        I don’t use a walking foot because the vintage machines aren’t made for them (to my knowledge). I know you would normally use a zigzag stitch or a twin needle but I can’t do either with my machine so I use a stretch needle and it’s working ok. I can’t wait to sew with non-slippery fabrics again though. Cotton flannel, here I come πŸ™‚



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