Sakura blouse

This Ikatee pattern is a little girl’s dress or blouse and I love the rustic look. I decided to make the blouse version out of a linen, and played with some Sashiko embroidery techniques to add a bit of interest.

1. The fabric

I had quite a lot of rust coloured washed linen left over from my Saltmarsh Skirt, so I decided that would be perfect for this pattern. For the embroidery I used a white standard polyester cotton, using 4 strands at once.

2. The pattern

This is a blouse or a dress pattern from Ikatee patterns. It has a pretty little yoke, a gathered skirt and the option of long or short sleeves. There are also some great suggestions of different ways it can be decorated, using piping or embroidery to highlight the yoke.

I decided to make the blouse pattern with short sleeves as a size 4. I think might be a little on the large size but I’m expecting it to be worn in the summer which is a while away, so I’m factoring in a bit of growth. It’s a very loose fitting design as well so nice and forgiving.

I made a fun addition of two little patch pockets on the skirt. This was a suggestion from my Grandma who said little girls love putting things in pockets! I made these rectangular, I elasticated the top and gathered at the bottom to keep the rectangular shape.

For the decorating I decided to try out some Sashiko embroidery and I loved it! Such a relaxing activity to do in front of the telly. I got a bit carried away and added it to more than just the yoke – I put two lines at the ends of the sleeves as well and on the pockets. The design is very basic, I kept it simple for my first attempt, but I intend to do more Sashiko in future.

3. The challenges

I find the Ikatee patterns to be so well designed and clearly explained, and this was no exception. So i encountered very few challenges. I did have some points of uncertainty though, which were:

  • What seam finish to use? Linen frays very easily and I wanted to make the seams really strong. Because the yoke is lined the seams are all enclosed there, but I needed to finish the side seams and the gathered seam for the skirt. I decided to go with French seams in the end for their strength, but the linen is quite heavy and it’s a little bulkier than I would like.
  • Where to put the pockets? I don’t have any children and so I didn’t know where would be the most natural place for them. I looked at some online patterns and they had patch pockets quite close to the center, but this didn’t look useable to me and what’s the point of pockets that aren’t used? Does anyone know what works best? In the end I put them an inch away from the side seams. I’ll see how she gets on with them.

4. The final result

I spent ages making this blouse, partly because I faffed about but also because this blouse seemed to bring out my inner perfectionist. But it was worth it. I love the blouse, it’s a really pretty peasant style and I think it looks comfy. I’m pleased with the uniformity of the Sashiko as well. However as always, I’ll only know if I’ve done a good job if my niece likes it!

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