I haven’t done a lot of sewing for myself lately (well, since I had kids… I kept waiting for my pre-baby body to miraculously return!). It’s time to do a little “me” sewing before the Christmas craziness. Looking for inspiration, I ended up on the Craftsy website and spotted the Sassy Librarian Blouse.
Craftsy has video courses for sewing, knitting, crochet, cake decorating, baking and more. Some courses are free and others (like the Sassy Librarian Blouse) have a fee, which then gives you access to the course material for life. The Sassy Librarian Blouse is currently on sale for $19.99 (US), so for slightly more than the cost of a pattern, you get video tutorials of every step and access to on-line discussions if you need help.
The course is taught by Christine Haynes, who wrote the book Chic and Simple Sewing, and this pattern definitely continues in that vein. The pattern is an intermediate level, but with the video instructions, is achievable for an adventurous beginner. So here’s my version:
There are two versions of the blouse in the pattern and I went with the collar and sleeve version. I have no idea what the main fabric is (see a close-up in the next photo) – I picked up about 3 yards of it for $3 at a thrift store a while ago (so I have heaps left over – maybe a dress for my little girl…). Something about the retro design of the blouse said contrasting collar, so I picked up some pale pink satin at my local fabric store (on clearance – woo hoo!).
My measurements were all over the place compared to the chart in the course material (size 8 bust, size 10-12 waist and size 14-16 hips). I ended up going with a size 10 as I like clothes fitted at the waist, and while I have big hips, it’s actually more at the top of my thighs and way below where this top finishes. I’m happy with the fit of the top (although I did extend the release pleats in the front about 2 inches higher to make the waist more defined):
As a self-taught sewer, who doesn’t have the free time to go to sewing classes, I really enjoyed learning the proper way to do things to get a professional look. I feel like it helped refine my sewing techniques and I love the top. I don’t think it looks homemade.
And here’s my attempt at a Sassy Librarian look:
I think the next course I need to take is “how to take timer self-portraits without looking like a dork”!
The course felt a little slow at times (as someone who just likes to rush in and get things done), but it’s well worth watching the videos for all the tips and tricks. I’m loving the blouse and already have the fabric picked out for the next one I’m going to make. Now I just have to find time to sew in amongst Christmas chaos!
Have you done any Craftsy classes?