Sewn: Aubétura Blouse

In the midst of sewing garments left and right, I have stumbled upon one challenge that has so far left me perplexed. That of the woven t-shirt. While there are plenty of patterns going around, most of them aren’t accommodated to a larger bust. Even with an FBA in some cases, since then you’d have to add darts, which does in fact change the design of the top.

After dressing in my Sound of Music clothes and realizing that Deer and Doe patterns fit me quite well as they are, save for the length I need to add for my long torso, and after a session of hashtag surfing inspiration on Instagram, I blatantly stole the idea of combing the Aubépine and the Datura, to build myself a woven top.

I took the top part of the Aubépine, down to the dart, and the bottom of the Datura, omitting the back button band and doing it just on the fold. I’m actually quite pleased with the look and the fit. The fabric claimed to be viscose, but might be polyester. I have terrible fabric detective skills. But the fabric was cheap and it has the right weight and drape for this sort of top.

It was the second time I sewed all those pin tucks and the second time I drew them on the wrong side of the fabric. Most fabric markings go on the wrong side, pin tucks do not. Also, should I get tired of the sewing a gazillion pin tucks (9), I could use the lining piece for the Aubépine and get a smooth top instead.

Of course, I haven’t actually worn the top for real, so I can’t talk about the wearability factor, but look how pretty!

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4 thoughts on “Sewn: Aubétura Blouse

  1. I know the pain of woven t-shirt style tops–still haven’t found one that works with my G cup, 34 inch high bust. Always end up with an odd dart that juts out weirdly. Never a problem with knits or other styles of woven tops.

    1. D&D draft for an hourglass figure, which is a good starting point. I did read of a pattern tester, with a smaller bust, testing a non-darted vowen top. Whenasked if it would fit a larger bust, the reply was “well you choose your measurement based on the bust, so you should be fine”.

      We all have different bodies and different areas to fit, and I think we all need to find what works for us, something that takes time and experience.

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