Saturday, February 22, 2014

Alma blouse (and sash loop tip!)

My first Alma blouse! Obviously, I'm already huge fan of Sewaholic Patterns, but this blouse truly sealed the deal for me.  With only a slight modification (my standard petite adjustment at the waistline), I cut a straight size 2 and the fit is perfect!
The fabric is a cotton shirting in black and orange stripes (!), but it was free during a visit to FabMo a few months ago.  With only a yard or so to work with, I ended up making the sash from white muslin. I like the contrast, actually!
I love the v-neck detail and little cap sleeves, but I'm also thinking about a silky version with the long sleeves and scoop-neck.  
So here's my big tip of the day--see those little loops holding on the sash belt?  It would have taken a trip to YouTube to remember how to crochet to make a length of "cord" for that, so instead I used my serger! 

Keeping the presser foot down, run the serger, pulling the strands, to create a long length of threads. Using a needle threader, thread a large-eyed needle and sew as normal to create a loop. Seriously, the easiest sash loops ever!
Now go out and make your own Alma Blouse!


  1. Cute blouse.. Love your idea for the belt loops..Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh, this looks really lovely! I just purchased the Alma blouse today because of the birthday sale, and I'm really glad to see your version. I can't wait to try it!

    1. Good for you for scoring on the sale! I have so many Sewaholic patterns already, that I had to pass it by this time. Good luck with your Alma!

  3. super cute - great idea with the serger run-off!!

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    1. Thanks! I made this top (and the previous one) while you guys were in Boston!

  5. Great blouse and agree it is a good pattern.