Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Reina Shirt

 PAULINE ALICE - Reina Shirt
Size 38
Fabric:  Rayon Challis
Alterations:  Added 1.5 inches to the top bodice and added 1 extra button


I purchased this PDF pattern from Pauline Alice last summer but never got around to sewing it up.  Upon looking at the instructions, I knew this wasn't going to be a fast make for me, so I needed to wait until the mood struck for some fine-detail sewing.  This is View A, long sleeves, with a tie.  I'd also like to mention that Pauline Alice patterns match up beautifully.  This is my second PDF pattern purchase, and just like the first, no issues with lines matching up.





You definitely want a fabric with significant amount of drape.  For a clean finish, I sewed French seams, except at the shoulder sleeve.  That is something I haven't quite figured out how to do yet.


I love the cuffs, which have 4 buttons.  I was very happy to discover that if I unbuttoned the one at the wrist, I could slip the blouse off without unbuttoning any others, including those down the front!

The button loops are fiddly to work with.  I didn't have a tool to turn them since they are so narrowly sewn at a 1/4", but a bobby pin works brilliantly.

1) Trim seam.
2) Cut a notch (fold over about an inch and clip).
3) Slide one arm of your bobby pin through your tube.
4) Put the other arm of your bobby pin in at the notch.





The bodice back is gathered before attaching to the yoke; it's hard to see with the print of my fabric. 


Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley



11 comments:

  1. cute top! Love the color too. Leans more towards spring and warm and less of this arctic cold! Glad you got all those buttons done :D

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    1. Thanks! It was 34 degrees outside when I took the pics LOL. Warm to you though, right? I think it took me an hour to sew those 20 buttons on.

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  2. This is lovely! It’s so pretty and elegant so can be dressed up easily but it looks great with jeans too!

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    1. Thank you! On the Pauline Alice site, they pair it with the Safor skirt and it looks so cute! That's definitely on my list of patterns to buy.

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  3. So, so pretty, Shirley. Love the fabric.

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    1. Thank you Pam! I love how soft Challis is. It's a little troublesome though to rip out seams. I didn't realize how easy it was to pull a thread in it. It happened once with that and once when I put my needle in to sew on buttons. Barely noticeable, but ugh.

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  4. Lovely blouse, Shirley! It looks terrific with jeans and would be a great work top too. thanks for linking up, xo

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks Patti! I love your style; I'm so glad I found your blog.

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  5. How lovely! I am interested in Pauline alice’s patterns but have never purchased. I love that pattern, especially cuffs are pretty! I would love to copy it:D Thank you for showing the details.

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    1. Thanks Eli! I have to say, I'm hooked on Pauline Alice patterns now--I want several! I'm glad you like the top. It's a fun project to sew up.

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