Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Valentines 2+2 Blouse

In December, Form and Fabric had a free shipping promotion.  Usually when online companies advertise **FREE SHIPPING!!** the small print says something like "in the continental United States" and it still costs an arm and a leg to ship to Canada but that wasn't the case with this sale.  So I placed an order.  Then I placed another order.  Then I sent an email asking if I could purchase an extra 1/2 yard of one of the fabrics (sale items were only available in one yard increments but this was the last yard and a half of that fabric) and they sent it to me without charging me for it.  So all in all, I was a very happy camper.

The fabric is Lacy Heart from the Flirt Collection and I love it.  It's cutesy but subtle and perfect for Valentines Day and hopefully beyond.   The pattern is the 2+2 Blouse from Oliver and S and I think it was one of the first of their patterns that I bought.  I've made the skirt a couple of times but never the top.  I'm happy with how it turned out but had a couple of head-scratching moments along the way.  The instructions are good but the newer O+S patterns do a bit more hand-holding (or maybe it was just me!).

I also had some confusion over the sleeve shape and didn't see any discussions in the forum about it.  So I went to Nicole's blog (fiveandcounting-motherof5) and of course, being the fantastic and generous sewing resource that she is, she had an explanation and pictures.  (I guess I have an early print of the pattern and there is a triangle cut out to reduce bulk at the seams).  Thanks Nicole!

It's a size 6 with some extra length.  I only used one button and stitched up the rest of the back placket because my girl likes the back of her clothes to be free from any lumpy bits (!).  I think (I hope) that it will still fit over her head.

2+2 Blouse, used before: $0 (cost per use about $6)

Lacy Heart, used just over a yard: $8.20 US
blue polka dots: stash

button: stash!


  1. Love the fabric.
    The top turned out great and will get lots of use.

    1. thanks! I don't know why I waited so long to use this pattern, it's so cute.