Today we’re happy to share with you about the Coffee + Thread Nina Blouse.
If you’ve been here for longer than a day or two, you’ve probably seen us sew a Coffee+Thread pattern before! We love these pattern, and Olga (the owner/designer) is absolutely brilliant when it comes to making a professional pattern.
The Nina Blouse is completely finished inside, and looks so professional. My favorite detail is the shoulder pleats. And the Peter Pan collar is right up there too!
There is a scalloped version of a collar that you can use, and it’s quite cute too. There are 3 different sleeve options, scalloped, cap, and 3/4. As you can see, we went with a sort of elbow length. I love how they are elastic at the end, and Annie things it great that they stay where she puts them!
One element of the pattern we didn’t include is the removable bow or ties. Since they’re removable, we could go back and add them in later. They’re both vintage and in style right now, so we might! Those large black buttons are harvested off a jacket we bought at the thrift store just for the gorgeous buttons. We also used some of them on this jacket for Annie.
The Nina Blouse can be made in 13 sizes from 12 months to 12 years. I made Annie a straight size 8 with a tiny bit of added length in the bodice. That and shortening the sleeves were the only changes I made. The pattern illustrations are drawn and no step was confusing. There is a complete index at the beginning of sewing terms to help out the sewer.
This pattern is consistent with the other Coffee + Thread patterns as far as sizing goes, so we felt confident sewing it up without making a muslin first. Plus there is plenty of ease in the pattern due to the loose fitting design, so we felt safe!
That lovely (and also hard to photograph) black fabric is double gauze we got at Imagine Gnats. It’s dreamy like all double gauze, and Annie mentioned how nice it’s going to be to wear this double gauze Nina blouse in the hot summer months! I have a blouse in double gauze, and love it in summer.
Just a note about the skirt, I don’t remember where I got the fabric, but I do remember that I washed it with some cheap brown fabric and it bled onto the horses! So it’s just sat in the stash until last week when Annie mentioned she would like some play skirts for summer. Stained fabric=perfect for getting stains on! Done deal! Since the horse fabric is so lightweight, I added a lining and also shorts because, play skirt! I sort of drafted the pattern myself, and used the shorts from the Skip Along Skort for underneath.
Head over to the Coffee+Thread blog to follow along on the Nina Blouse tour and see all the beautiful garments that are sewn.
And do yourself a favor and grab the Nina Blouse pattern by Coffee+Thread today! For 20% off use the NINAPATTERNTOUR code, good through 03/19, 11:59 pm Central (Chicago) time zone.