Today I have a reversible Gemma Blouse tutorial. Yesterday I showed you the first Gemma Blouse and Skirt pattern I made, and promised you a tutorial on how to make it reversible. First the tutorial, then more about this particular Gemma Blouse and Skirt.
The Gemma Blouse and Skirt is a Violette Field Threads pattern. Since it is fully lined it is easy to make the Gemma Blouse completely reversible. Just follow these steps:
Cut out 2 sleeves of each fabric.
Omit steps to sew on cuff.
Pull apart lining and main fabric bodice pieces and pin each sleeve to it’s matching bodice.
Gather the top of each sleeve as instructed.
Sew each sleeve to it’s matching bodice piece.
Gather bottom of each sleeve to 1/2 it’s original width. Baste gathers in place.
Fold over bottom of each sleeve 1/4 inch and iron in place.
Repeat for the hem of each bodice.
Pull apart the lining and bodice and unfold ironed over hems. Pin together underarm and side seams RST. Sew.
Turn the shirt with one right side out. Tuck the arms together. Refold and line up hem at bottom of sleeves. Carefully pin them together WRONG sides together. Sew.
Repeat for bottom of hem.
We used snaps instead of buttons, but if you choose buttons and buttonholes, simply sew on 2 sets of buttons one on the right side and one on the wrong side of the fabric.
Ta-Da! Your Gemma blouse is now completely reversible. Two shirts for the price for one!
The fabric for the Gemma skirt and the wine color were both purchased at Walmart several years ago. They were just sitting in the stash, so, it was time to see the light of day.
The blue chambray was leftover from making a shirt for my son. The pink collar and pockets is a soft baby linen also used as the lining for the Gemma Blouse yesterday.
I think it would be fairly easy to make the Gemma Skirt reversible also. Just cut out two skirts and sew them wrong sides together when attaching at the waistband. Similar to the way we made the reversible Swingset Skirt.
Be sure to visit yesterday’s post to enter the giveaway for 10 PDF patterns from Violette Field Threads and $100 to spend at Raspberry Creek Fabrics.