Hey ya'all its Shelly from Coral & Co. stopping by to show you one my looks for fall: the Haven Acres Blouse. This year I have noticed the cool new plaid trend everywhere. Ok, maybe not really new since it is definitely a throw back to the grunge rocker plaids of the nineties (which I totally wore!). Since the spring I have had every intention of sewing up some mad for plaid, pinterested my fav looks, and even ordered this awesome Americana Flannel Plaid by Robert Kaufman Mammouth Flannel Collection. And...then it got hot, ugh. So no flannel sewing commenced. But now with cooler weather in sight it was finally time to rock the plaid.
Back when I was pinteresting my favorited plaid looks, most of them were a tunic type. Right around that time Jenn from Jennuine Design came out with the Haven Acres Blouse and I immediately knew that this was the pattern I was looking for to make my plaid look.
I am also a huge fan of Jenn's patterns. I have been lucky enough to see a little bit of how Jenn works during the Pattern Workshop course I took around the same time as her as well as having pattern tested for her. Her attention to detail is fantastic! She is constantly striving to make her patterns perfect, providing loads of information with an easy to understand layout. I also am super in love with the illustration branding. That little girl is so stinking cute. So I knew this would be a great pattern, well fitted with great instructions. And it was! I am pretty selective when it comes to PDF patterns since all PDF patterns are not created equally (hence the need for UpCraft Club and its pattern certification - thank you UpCraft Club!). Jennuine Design has quickly become one of my go-to pattern companies. I know the designs will be stylish, on trend, have a great fit, and well written. Yes, this is a heads up that I will showing more - Dressage Leggings anyone?
A few pattern details: Available in sizes newborn through 12. The baby/toddler sizes have a back button placket for easy on/off. The keyhole loop can be done with either a button and loop closure or bias tape. Using a fabric with a nice drape is recommended. I had some extra ivory 1/4" bias tape that I had bought by mistake on hand, so I chose to use this instead of making my own. Serendipity! I went with the bow closure route since I thought my daughter would like this better - she will only wear girly things. sigh.
I also decided to make three quarter sleeves which is not included as an option, but easy enough to do. Like I mentioned, it is HOT here. It is pretty routine for it to be 75 degrees on Christmas Day. So in order to make this piece wearable through more than just the coldest months, I shortened the sleeves to compensate for the heavy flannel fabric. I also just liked how it looked. My daughter is a 5t and I guestimated where the halfway mark between the elbow and wrist was. I ended up just cutting the pattern at the 18-24 month sleeve length. For the width I kept the elastic at the arm width. You could measure your child to be sure of sizing.
The pattern called for 1 and 1/4" yards for a 5t but I only had 1 yard. Eeek. I had to make it work. By adjusting the sleeve length and not lining up the plaids in the back I was able to get away with the 1 yard cut. phew. I really do like how the plaid lined up on the flounce in the front.
Now for some cool weather so the kiddo's can actually wear it :) You can find me at Coral & Co., my little home on the web.
We'd love to see your Haven Acres Blouse or what you're making with plaid. Tag us on Instagram @UpCraft Club. #havenacres