Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thread Theory Camas Blouse in Mod Flowers


I snapped up the Camas blouse, the newest pattern from Thread Theory (and their first pattern for women!), right when it came out. I've enjoyed working with their other patterns and thought the style of the blouse was really flattering, too. Also: I am a pattern junkie. Welp... Merry Christmas to me!



The final product, though, dudes. I love it. Slinky, swingy jersey top that can go casual or work-y? Yes, please. So comfortable, and yet kinda sexy due to the neckline.


Fabric: I used some fairly stable black cotton jersey (also used for my Moneta) for the yokes and button placket, combined with this super slinky, slippery jersey with mod flowers I bought eons ago at Girl Charlee for the bodice and sleeves. I bought the mod flower jersey a) because it was on super sale at the time and b) it reminded me of the logo of my former employer. It's quite soft and drapey, but quite a bitch to cut.



My sewing notes:

- I love how the instructions include a way to sew a clean finish, lined yoke (which is what I did). But you could totally do a one layer yoke, too, no problem, to save fabric and time, if you're not opposed to seeing seams on the inside.
- I didn't use interfacing because my black jersey was pretty stable.
- I skipped sewing the buttonholes and just sewed my buttons on through both plackets. The shirt easily pulls over my head.
- Speaking of plackets, I had trouble with the instructions on sewing the placket, but muddled through in my own way.
- Also troublesome: my hems. The jersey was a wily one. So slippery and thin that I could not get my trusty twin needle to work. I ended up using a long straight stitch.


My verdict: methinks I love this pattern. Cute, comfy... love the gathers and the neckline and the flowy back. I'm curious to try it with a mix of stretch fabrics and flowy non-stretch fabrics- so many potential combinations!


And a final Christmas gif(t) for you:


15 comments:

  1. I love your Camas blouse! I snapped up the pattern too - and I wasn't quite sure what to do with it - contrast/yoke wise. I love your contrast navy/print! So cute!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Can't wait to see yours! I feel like this pattern has so many potential options, between color blocking and mixing and matching knits and wovens....

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  2. I LOVE V-neck button ups! That's one of my most store bought wear. I love that you used black and white too. Great make!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I think the neckline on this blouse is one of its best features- it's the perfect shape!

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  3. I love it Meg!! I bought it straight away after reading your last post, because I too am a pattern junkie - must have all the patterns!! We should move closer together so we can share!
    This top looks amazing on you! I can see this being a super versatile top, and pattern. Imagine the fabric combining possibilities!
    Sometimes if you use some steam-a-seam or wondertape on the hem it stabilizes thin knits. It can be a bit of a pain to do, but it makes for a nice finished product.

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    1. I would also like to share patterns with both of you!!!

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    2. I totally should have used my steam tape on the hem- I have some, but forgot about it! And yes, we should be pattern buddies, Teri and Heather!

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    3. We need an "in" in the post office/courier business. :)

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    4. My brother works for UPS.. maybe I can have him arrange something ;-)

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  4. This turned out so nicely! I really like your fabric choices. It looks really comfortable and also really put together. Another pattern to add to my list!

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  5. That looks super-comfy, I may have to check out the pattern. Sewing time is scarce these days, though.

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    1. Hey Masha! The sewing world has missed you!

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  6. This is the kind of top I need in my life. You look smart, but not too dressed up either. A perfect piece for work. I like the versatility of it, plus it looks super comfy! I was hesitating about buying this pattern, but this project just tipped the scale a bit in favor of a purchase... Love the color blocking. :)

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, i love how versatile it is. And because it's a flowy knit, it's got a secret pajamas thing going on... So comfy!

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