Four-Corners Blouse (Spring top Sewalong 2011)

Finished with a little bit of time before the deadline! My entry into the Spring Top Sewalong 2011 is the Four Corners Blouse from Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings.

The top was made from Cloud 9’s Meadow and Speckle in Grass. Both organic cottons. The Meadow fabric is the main fabric and the Speckle in Grass is used for the placket, yoke, straps and ties. The buttons are eco-velvet buttons in lime made from recycled polyester and cotton fibres.

It took me about 2 days work in total. I cut out all the pattern pieces on the one day, did most of the sewing on the second day and then there was just a little bit of hand sewing over the course of the morning. This time was of course split between sewing and looking after my daughter, so it is always hard to gauge how long it might take without the constant interruptions. As planned I only made one alteration which was to add about 4 inches to the length.

The reason I chose to make this top is that it is specifically designed for breastfeeding, but feels a little bit different than the usual store bought options. It will be interesting to see how the fit is once the bump is gone! It’s very comfortable to wear whilst being pregnant though, so it should hopefully get some good wear out of it! There are some overlapping sections on each side, so breastfeeding is easy to facilitate, you just undo the ties. There is plenty of fabric to maintain modesty!

I think it looks quite nice on its own, but equally with a cardigan over the top. I may well put a white nursing vest underneath to provide a little more tummy coverage, or for when the weather turns cooler.

I found the instructions really easy to follow and the only issue I had was attempting to turn the back ties in the right way! I don’t have a turning tool (not sure how helpful these are) and for one of the ties I sewed a piece of ribbon and then pulled the tube the right way, much easier!

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