Maybe you have already heard by now, but the talented and prolific Rachel of House of Pinheiro designed the chic Everyday Blouse as part of UpCraft Club's custom pattern service. You can read Rachel's take on it here, and UpCraft have posted about it here. It's a really cool service, and you know you are in good hands with them.
Now. The photos. If there's anyone who can get me sewing for myself and giving you some strained smiles for your entertainment, it's Gabriela over with the team at UpCraft Club. I love Gabriela's work, so I would have agreed to anything (well, just about) -- and lucky me! This blouse pattern is lovely!
I made the straight size XXS based on my chest measurement. I like the length as is, but there is a lengthen/shorten line for those who need it. My shoulders are broad for my size, so I probably should have made some adjustments when sewing this version. But I think it still works and it's comfortable to wear, so I'm not complaining.
I like that you can dress up the blouse with a pretty skirt or wear it with jeans for a more casual, everyday look. I also love how the elastic in the shoulders gives the blouse a unique look, and the exposed side zipper is pretty cool, too. (You can see how it looks in Marie's post here, Sara's post here, Maria's post here, Diana's post here and Leslie's IG here.) That said, I went with an invisible/concealed zipper on my version because I thought it would be nicer with this Liberty fabric.
It just wouldn't be a selfish sewing post without another classic look of mine, would it? This one says: "let's hurry up and wrap up this photo shoot before all those people on line at the burger restaurant across the street get tired of staring at their phones and start looking over here."
During testing, I made a version that I eventually made sleeveless -- mainly because I cut the sleeves wrong and didn't have enough fabric to re-do it. Oops. But I think I managed to save it. What do you think? I just closed the armholes by sewing the facing to the bodice using the "burrito method."
This is also a size XXS with the concealed zip. I used a lovely cotton sateen fabric that I bought from Miss Matatabi. And guess what -- it's still available!! I think I am going to have to get more of it, heh heh. It's so soft to the touch and feels wonderful on. Perfect for this blouse, even without sleeves.