So today I’m back with a full-on review of the Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse that has already appeared twice on this blog without a proper review!
I received this pattern free of charge (full disclosure) to pair with the WBM slim fit pants that I tested a couple of weeks ago. For that pairing, I made this black top. And I liked it so much that I immediately made another!
Until I made this black blouse, I hadn’t realized just how much I needed a black blouse in my wardrobe! Like a black t-shirt, I am now convinced this is a wardrobe staple. It is the perfect answer for all of those times I’m searching for something black to wear with whatever bottom I pulled out for that day. In other words, it’s one of those basic pieces that makes everything else in my wardrobe infinitely more wearable.
And since I love my basic black blouse so much, I think I need to do a basic white as well!
After I finished my black blouse, I turned right around and made myself this cream one. It was actually for the Stylish Fabric blog tour last week, but a nice solid blouse like this will be another wardrobe staple.
This fabric was a lot more translucent than the black, so I was worried that the facings would show through, particularly since they are interfaced. I didn’t mind so much with the sleeve facings — they kind of look like cuffs — but the neckline facing just would not work. Instead, I swapped out the neckline facing for a basic bias bound finish. And it worked great!
This pattern was one that I had never looked twice at before, but it was a very pleasant surprise!
Pattern: Daisy Dropped Shoulder Blouse by Wardrobe By Me
Difficulty: Adventurous beginner
Techniques Required: Working with drapey fabric, attaching a facing, sewing a narrow hem.
- 3 hemlines
- Options for woven or knit fabric.
- 2 neckline options
- Alternative neckline and arm finishes.
- Fabric — either drapey woven like rayon or silk or knit
- Woven apparel interfacing (for woven version)
- Bias binding (store bought or homemade)
- Matching thread
Similar Patterns: There are many dolman patterns on the market (too many to list here actually), but not many of those are appropriate for wovens. A couple that are would be the Blank Slate Blanc Tee, and the Blue Dot Patterns Georgia Top.
Fit: I love the fit on this. Granted, dolman tops are very forgiving, but this top really hits that sweet spot.
Modifications: I used a bias binding for the neckline on the peach since the fabric is so light. Otherwise, none.
Pattern format: PDF. The PDF is easy to work with. It has no-trim pages, which really is nice.
- Ideal blouse for an office or business-casual environment.
- Quick and easy construction — makes it a great wardrobe builder.
- I love that is uses facings — they give such a nice finish.
- The option for knit fabric and finishes makes the pattern even more versatile.
- I actually omitted the topstitching around the neckline facing because I found that it made the neckline lay funny. It looks much nicer without.
Overall Grade: A. I finished the black one and immediately sewed up a second. I definitely have plans for more to help populate my office wardrobe!