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The Mara Blouse

Mara Blouse by Skirt Fixation

During the month of July, we hosted Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition.  It was so very much fun and we had so much enjoyment watching all the contestants create things from fabric they swapped and rewarding them for their efforts too!  Even though we weren’t blogging about what we were doing, we weren’t idol!  So during the next few weeks we will be showing you what we sewed.

Mara Blouse by Skirt Fixation

First up is the Mara.  Over at Compagnie-M it’s been so beautiful to watch all the seamstresses create their own versions of the Mara pattern.  Since there’s a sew along we decided to sew up the Mara too.  And since Allegra had just made her very first impulse fabric buy, I wanted to teach her how to sew from a pattern!  Now Allegra has sewn up lots of thing in her life, but never anything from a pattern.  Since we have discovered how wonderful PDF patterns are to sew from, I decided to use one, the Mara, as her pattern sewing debut.  She stuck to the pattern and will tell you all about it tomorrow, so for today, I’m just going to show you the variations I made to make Aria a Mara blouse.

Mara Blouse

I dug in our (very large) fabric stash and found this amazing fabric.  This is the same print I used to make Annie her Josephine blouse (and skirt!)  But this time I wanted to take full advantage of the ombre effect of the fabric.

Mara blouse

Since Aria is a tween the first thing I did was size up the pattern for her (it only goes up to size 10.)  It wasn’t too hard to grade up the pattern, and once I did we were off!  I did have to use every single scrap of the fabric I had, even piecing the shoulders a little!

Back view of Mara blouse

Another change I made to the pattern was to add ribbon ties at the sides so Aria could add some shape to the blouse if she chooses.  This turned out to be one of her favorite parts of the Mara blouse.

Tulip sleeves on Mara blouse

We started out with the plan to make flutter sleeves, but in the end, the fabric we choose to coordinate with the ombre rose fabric was to thick to flutter properly, so we changed them to a tulip sleeve shape with a simple, quick seam at the back of each sleeve.

Mara blouse with white skirt

Aria chose to style this blouse with a white skirt, which accents the Mara blouse beautifully and allows it to be the masterpiece.

Fancy hairdo

Allegra styled Aria’s hair into a fancy do for the photo shoot!


She wove in some wooden beads for a unique effect.  Allegra also chose a location for the photo shoot that she felt was very European, to echo the Mara blouse.

I love how these few simple changes made the Mara blouse work for a tween.  Come back tomorrow to see Allegra’s version of the Mara!  One final look…

Mara Blouse by Skirt Fixation


5 thoughts on “The Mara Blouse

  1. Very lovely. I always love how you and your girls work together on your projects. Can’t wait to see tomorrows post!

  2. This is beautiful! I love this photo session that you did! Your girl looks like she stepped out of a classic novel.
    Nice job!

  3. That is a sweet top! I love the Victorian styling of the photos, and how you changed the flutter sleeve to a tulip sleeve. =)

  4. Oh, what a cool styling for your pictures you have chosen! Very 1900 like. Love it!

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