Shona's sewing spotlight

January 04, 2018


Shona's ava blouseAVA PEPLUM BLOUSE


It's been so great seeing your versions of the patterns appearing online and how each garment expresses your personality. I really love to see how they turn out, and I thought you guys might like to see some of the results for yourselves. This week, Shona from Shona Stitches blog shares her funky version of the Ava peplum blouse.

How long have you been sewing? Would you describe yourself as a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced seamstress?

I've been sewing for almost nine years but have just recently begun to feel like I've advanced to an intermediate level. Until last year I was only sewing occasionally, mostly making skirts and dresses without really following instructions or reading up on technique. Then I started reading sewing blogs and seeing things that other people were making, and I was amazed. I saw people who had only been sewing for a year making really professional looking garments and my concept of handmade clothes totally changed. I started taking my time with the things I made and really challenging myself to keep getting better. Starting a blog has helped to keep me motivated!

What type of fabric did you use for this creation? Is there a type of fabric that would have been more suitable?

I used a cotton/silk blend from Mood. It works great for this pattern, I think, even with the crazy print. Just be careful when washing something like this - the colors bled the first time I washed this top, even though I had pre-washed the fabric! I may have set it to the wrong temperature...not sure, but I panicked! Thankfully a long soak in some color-safe bleach made it as good as new.

Did you make any personal adjustments to the pattern to make it your own?

I stuck to the instructions since it was my first time making this pattern. As far as fitting goes, I had to take it in at the sides around the bust area. I've learned since creating this top that making a small bust adjustment works much better than taking in the sides, as that usually makes the armholes too tight. Luckily, that wasn't much of an issue with this top.

Where do you wear this piece?

I've gotten more wear out of this than any other garment I've made. It's a favorite! I've worn it to work several times and out to dinner with my fiancé.





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