The Anderson Blouse

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In thinking about the things I wanted to fill this whole ‘carefully curated wardrobe’ with, one wardrobe gap I identified was a set of classic, elegant blouses to wear with my separates. I want to move away from living in sheath dresses and build in a bit more versatility with some staple-but-lovely separate pieces. It’s a cliche, I’m sure, but I want Olivia Pope’s wardrobe on a real person’s salary πŸ™‚

The first time I saw Sew Over It’s Anderson Blouse, I thought it would be perfect to fill that gap in my wardrobe. I was a little nervous about it though, so I didn’t go straight for it and instead I did a bit of research, mostly checking out other people’s makes on Instagram/Pinterest while I thought about it.

Eventually I decided to go for it and make it up in plain black. I had ordered the black crepe fabric from Sew Over It a while ago, intending to use it for collars/pocket features on other blouses, but I figured I’d actually use it instead for this blouse as my wearable toile.

Sizing and Alterations

I sewed up the smallest size. According to my measurements I should have been a size up but the amount of ease suggested by the finished garment measurements table quite frankly scared me so I decided I could afford to go down a size. The only alteration I made was to lengthen the sleeve by about 2″ – although next time I think I’ll reduce that to more like 1″.

Construction

The instructions were nice and clear, the only point at which I struggled was in dealing with the front facing at the shoulder seam. I think I’ve misunderstood the instructions because it left an unfinished shoulder seam inside and I’m not sure that was correct. I decided on a little bias binding for that seam but next time I might try and figure out where I went wrong. I French-seamed all the other seams so it looks pretty darn good inside.

The results

I love the gathering at the shoulders and the way the neckline hangs:

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The pleat and cuffs on the sleeve are also lovely and were nice and easy to sew. I haven’t decided on the buttons (in the picture below I’ve pinned the two that I’m considering on one cuff, just to get a feel for them) so it’s not 100% finished yet, but I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures for this post.

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As it happened, Baby Boy woke up from his nap just as I finished putting on my accessories and since there was no chance I’d be able to get dressed up again later today, I decided he could make his debut in one of my ‘me made’ posts, so here he his fresh from sleep and a bit groggy!

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I love the blouse and definitely intend to make at least one more, on which I might try to remove a bit more ease as it still feels like there’s a lot of blouse to tuck in, and I will pretty much only be wearing this tucked in for work. I won’t be doing black-on-black too often, don’t worry.. on my sewing list I have some nice fabrics waiting to be made up into trousers and skirts. If only I had more time!!

– Michelle –

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7 thoughts on “The Anderson Blouse

    1. Thank you, yes I totally agree! I’m already wondering how many I can get away with wearing before people notice it’s the same blouse over and over – I have a couple of nice floral drapey fabrics in my stash that would make nice ones! πŸ™‚

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  1. Great post, looks amazing! Just wondering: have you done up another blouse, eliminating some of the ease to help with tucking? I’m looking into doing it the same thing and am curious about your method if you’ve got around to doing it :).

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    1. Hi hglcark, no, unfortunately I haven’t gotten around to a second Anderson, but I was planning something along the lines of a slash and overlap method? With diagonal lines from the side seam on one side to the shoulder on the other side.. I’d have to toile it! If I do, I’ll be sure to post and tag you. Likewise, if you crack it, please let me know how! Good luck πŸ™‚

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      1. Thanks so much! I haven’t returned to mine yet either… seems like a good place to start though. I think I’ll incorporate your change when I do, and I’ll keep an eye out for anything you post!

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