A classic button-up blouse with a modern twist.
I've had my eye on the Aster Top pattern from Colette Patterns for a long time and I finally had the chance to sew it! I feel like it's one of those patterns that's so classic and would flatter anyone. It has some modern flares, like the pleats along the shoulders, but I really think it will stand the test of time.
The pattern comes with three versions. I LOVE each version. And I love that you can mix and match the different sleeves and bodices. Several possibilities! I chose to make version 2. It has long sleeves, and the pleats along the shoulders. I also LOVE the pleat on the back of the shirt. It's such a fun detail. Version 1 has short, cuffed sleeves, while the 3rd version has flutter sleeves. I can't wait to sew up the other two. This pattern is listed as intermediate level, and I would completely agree with that. I would say if you have sewn pleats before, that part will be a breeze, but the sleeve plackets could be challenging for a beginner. The instructions weren't super clear for that part either, in my opinion. If you've sewn other tops before and are looking to increase your skills, then definitely give this pattern a go. Just read through the instructions a few times before beginning, and it'll all come together. The other thing I didn't love about the actual pattern itself is the printing. There were some pieces that were hard to tell where to cut for my size. Honestly, it was a little bit of a guessing game with those particular pieces, but it ended up coming together in the end. If you buy this pattern and find it hard as well, just err on the side of caution and cut it a little bigger.
I loved the way the pattern came packaged! It is a nice sturdy book with a pocket in the back to keep all of the pattern pieces. So convenient! And the instructions are nicely bound inside the book. I really loved that! It kept everything nice and tidy through the process. All in all, (other than the sleeve placket portion), the instructions were very clear, and I love the design and fit of this pattern. 4/5 stars!
The fabric I chose to use is Robert Kaufman's Double Gauze Chambray. I will link to the site, but I found it at a local fabric store here in Salt Lake. You can find it on several online shops as well. This is a beautiful double gauze. It has a slight sheen, has a nice drape, and is so luxurious and soft. I love the color as well. It comes in 5 different shades. When it comes to chambray, any color is the right choice ;). I used the color Charcoal. This is such a gorgeous fabric, although I decided after finishing this project, that I have a love/hate relationship with double gauze. It is so light and airy, making it perfect for spring, it's so beautiful to look at, and is SO soft....but it is not the most fun to sew with. It is very wobbly, making it super hard to get a good straight line, and it frays so easily. It's just really not my favorite. It could totally be a personal preference here. And even though I didn't love sewing with it, it doesn't mean it's a poor quality fabric. It is definitely top-notch. And I do love that with a double gauze, the inside of the garment looks so clean and finished without needing to add a lining. In the end, I'm glad I made this top out of it, and I love the result. I think next time I'll try using a lawn, or rayon and see what the result is like. I give this fabric 4/5 stars!
I hope you'll give this pattern a try. It came together pretty quickly, and is a really fun wear. I can't wait to get started on a flutter sleeve version for summer!
Pattern: Aster by: Colette Patterns
Fabric: Double Gauze Chambray by: Robert Kaufman in color Charcoal
Size made: 0
Yards used: 2