I’ve been trying to cut back on pattern testing and it takes something pretty special to pull me into a test. The Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread was one of those patterns!
A sweet peter pan collar, shoulder pleats and multiple sleeve options make this a classic pattern that can work year round. It’s so feminine and sweet!
The optional neck ties add such a charming touch.
This pattern is beginner friendly and is great for those like me that are a bit timid when it comes to sewing button-up shirts. I’m always nervous to tackle what I think are intimidating projects but this pattern really was a fun sew. Not too difficult and the tutorial was excellent. There’s nothing better than the feeling of accomplishing something that scares you! These tops are some of my favorite makes because I pushed myself a bit out of my comfort zone. Easy knit projects are great but these blouses took just a little longer and the reward is so satisfying!
The list of recommended fabrics for this top is long. Light to mid weight woven fabric such as lawn, rayon, linen, and quilting cotton are all great choices. I used a pretty rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the long sleeve version and a light swiss dot from LA for the cap sleeve blouse. Different looks to bring us into spring. I’m excited to use my favorite quilting cotton prints too!
You’ll also be happy to know that the size range is amazing! 12 months to 12 years- hallelujah! It’s absolutely adorable on the littlest ones and still chic and classic on the oldest girls. It’s such a timeless pattern you’ll turn to again and again.
My biggest critic absolutely loves her new tops! She was so excited to wear it to school the next day. It looked great with jeans and know it will be darling paired with a skirt and knee highs for church too.
The pattern is on sale through Tuesday, February 13th for $6.50. I know you’ll love it as much as we do!