Friday, 4 January 2019

The Rita Blouse(s) + Linen Flounce Skirts

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

Sometimes when you like a pattern, you just got to back up that make with another three (or four). Cause when I like something, I like it HARD.

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

The Pattern

Blouse
It's the Rita Blouse by Charm Patterns.
It's a vintage inspired, princess seamed top with an elasticised neckline, gathered bust, and two sleeve variations.

The sizes range from 2 - 16, with different pattern pieces for cup sizes B-DD.
I cut the size 6 with a D cup.

Skirt
The skirt is a self-drafted faux wrap, with a flounce on the hem, a waistband, and an invisible zip closure down the centre back.

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

The Fabric

I used a cotton seersucker from Spotlight for the blouse.
It has a slightly heavier weight than a cotton lawn or voile and the texture of this lovely fabric elevates the look of the blouse when using a solid colour.

The skirt is made with a heavy-weight linen from The Fabric Store in Vintage Blush, White, Paprika and blue (but not the duck-egg blue).

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

Loves

I love that the sleeves can be worn up or off the shoulders, depending on the look (or mood) you're going for.
There are also two different versions of sleeves, the flutter cap or the elasticised version that I went for.
The bodice has princess seams which ensures a close and flattering fit. Princess seams are also great for making fit adjustments after you've sewn the seam.

I recently used this pattern to draft a dress that I made for the festive season,  which you can see below:


Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

Conclusion

It's pretty clear that I love these linen skirts. They are so crazy comfortable and keep you cool in summer. They're easy to wash, keep their shape well and just get better with age.

The Rita blouse is versatile with low-key glamour and easy to mix with other wardrobe staples. These two patterns pair so nicely together and are the perfect go-to for a quick sewing project that you know you can finish in one session. WIN!

Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin
Rita Blouse and Flounce Skirt - Julia Bobbin

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