Comino Blouse

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I’ve been really into boxy and flowing tops this year… but as we head back into the school year, I felt like maybe I should make a few more polished items. I’ve been obsessing about sewing neckline keyholes lately, so I combined the two goals into one top!

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The pattern is one of my all-time favourites: the Comino Cap dress. Seriously, this has been the pattern that keeps on giving: I’ve used the dress as-is, the bodice with other skirts, the skirt with other bodices, the t-shirt pattern, and now, a short version of the dress as a peplum blouse.

The fabric is so pretty, isn’t it? I love a floral on a dark background. It’s an ITY, which worked against me a bit… My neck and sleeve bands came out a bit tight, which is gathering the shirt up and making the waist sit higher. Truth be told, It’s probably time to reprint the pattern and cut a bigger size – my pattern is labelled with little prompts to cut on the fly, like “add 1 inch here!” That said, it’s totally wearable like this, so I’m not going to fret too much! In a rayon, the size is just right.

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The keyhole is low-tech: I used a scrap of fabric as a facing, and freehand sewed a shape I thought would work. It’s trimmed and topstitched, and that’s it! I serged the neckband as normal, pinning either side of the keyhole to get the right spacing. I handstitched the serged seam allowance up towards the neckband so it wouldn’t show through the keyhole. Super simple!

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Oh, and the pants? Jeggings that I made before jeggings was a word! They are Espresso leggings sewn in a stretchy twill sewn in 2014. I know sometimes on blogs we see things when they are new and never again, so I’m trying to mix in some older stuff I still wear.

I’m really pleased how well this dress pattern works as a blouse – I wonder what other TNT dresses are just waiting to be shortened? 

 

 


14 thoughts on “Comino Blouse

  1. I love the dark background floral fabric too. This top looks super cute on you Gillian — really perfect for the new school year, and will look great layered under a cardigan when the temps plummet. Fantastic keyhole detail!

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  2. This is super pretty, Gillian. I recently bought some rayon in a similar print for a summer top – you’ve given me inspiration!
    As for dresses to tops, I love buying downloadable Burda patterns, because they often contain several variations on the pattern paper (even if it isn’t stated in the listing/instructions). I have lots of dresses I’ve bought which I now realise have gorgeous shirt variations.

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  3. Super idea, I’m in need of some tops as its nearly autumn here and my skinny jeans will be making an appearance very soon! Looks great on you and I’m a huge keyhole fan.

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  4. Love this! You always pick such pretty fabrics!
    I’m not much for dresses so most dress patterns I own are because I eyed them with thoughts of tunic and tops. Now I’ll be thinking of adding keyholes to them too 😉

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