Bleuet Shirt

Recently I made a bit of a pledge with myself: I want to make more new patterns this year and in order to do so I am planning to alternate a TNT with a new pattern. The biggest reason for this is that I have been “collecting” patterns, not in a methodical stamp collector kind of way, more in a crazy hoarder kinda way. I plan to try and get through a few more of the stashed patterns, vintage included. I am certainly not banning myself from buying more, I just want to even up the stats of used vs unused a little. I’ll do a proper count soon and might bamboozle you with pie charts soon πŸ™‚

Bluet Shirt

This is a new pattern to me, the Bleuet dress by Deer & Doe.

Bluet Shirt

The super observant amongst you may have noticed this is not a dress πŸ™‚ It did start as a dress, but once finished the fabric was just too light and it felt weird to wear, almost like I was wearing nothing! Plus it was see-thru and no-one needs to see my butt, so I cut it off, and I love the result!

Bluet Shirt

This is my first version of this dress and being princess seamed I decided to wing it and skip a muslin. I figured will all those seams it would be relatively easy to make any necessary adjustments.

Just like my Belladone, I found this mostly fitted out of the packet with few adjustments. I cut a size 44 based on my bust and hip measurements but graded down to a 40 in the shoulders. (this is a bit of a cheats way of doing an FBA on a princess seamed garment). Weirdly I didn’t shorten the bodice, I am only 5’2″ and this is one of my normal alterations. I feel this pattern is designed for a fairly short person so I would recommend a tissue fit before making if you are any taller than me. I think for next time I would maybe take an inch out, normally I take two.

Bluet Shirt

Construction wise, this went together really well and the instructions (which I used) are very clear with loads of diagrams. The only exception is the collar, the instructions for this I feel were a little lacking in diagrams and there are better ways to construct than that described. Next time I will construct with my usual method.

I piped around the collar and above the sleeve bands with contrastΒ satin bias. The fabric, buttons and bias have been in my stash for about three years so it is nice to finally use them.

I am a little on the fence about the puffed sleeves and in a heavier fabric these would be super poofy. Not sure this the look I am going for. I do love the bow in the back, such a cute detail and fun to have surprise on my booty!! Like almost all the Deer & Doe patterns, this is such a sweet design with cute details. I will definitely make this again.

BTW – if you are wondering, I have not turned in a copy cat stalker type of Sew Busy Lizzy with my photo locations. I have moved to a new place by the water about 45 minutes from Brisbane. We are in a rental whilst we build a house but I expect to be here for at least a year. It’s not an ideal location being so far away from the city, but it is cheap and I plan to make the most of the beach lifestyle whilst we are here.

Project Details
Pattern – Bleuet Dress by Deer & Doe
Fabric – 2m of cotton (perhaps tana lawn?) – would have used a lot less for just the shirt though
Notions – buttons, thread, satin bias binding

38 thoughts on “Bleuet Shirt

  1. Oh, that’s such a clever idea! So cute and summery. I’ve been meaning to make another Bleuet dress myself – it might just become a blouse now!

  2. Nice top! I love your comment about patterns “crazy hoarder kinda way”. I completely relate. Do you think there are sewists that collect fabric more or patterns more? I think I am the pattern type. However, the fabric collector is developing!

  3. lovely blouse! I love this pattern but I also worry about the puff sleeves. Should be easy to tone that down a bit though. I think turning this into a blouse was a brilliant idea, it looks really versatile!

  4. Lovely top, and I like your idea of grading between sizes in lieu of an FBA. I’d like to give it a try, do you have any tips?

  5. This looks beautiful as a blouse and feels very you! I have been intrigued by the Bluet pattern – that bow is just so cute – but is it annoying to wear? Like, can you feel it pressing in the small of your back when you’re sitting down? That’s one thing that keeps putting me off it!

    Beautiful pictures: but how are we going to tell you and Lizzy apart now EH? WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CONFUSED READERS?!

    1. The bow at the back is not very chunky, but then my fabric is pretty light like a lawn. I put mine to sit right in the curve of my back so I don’t notice it at all. Maybe in a heavy fabric it might be noticeable? I will update you once I try it again in chambray πŸ™‚
      So sorry to confuse you by looking so similar to the other Lizzy πŸ˜‰ Perhaps I’ll have to start each new post with a disclaimer!

    1. Hi Susan
      I got my patterns from Sew Gorgeous, but they are no longer trading sorry. Unfortunately they only sell via bricks and mortar stores. Although the postage is pretty reasonable if you order online.

  6. Changing this to a blouse is genius! I have this pattern, but haven’t made it yet, and I agree with you that Deer and Doe patterns length are great for us smaller folks. Your blouse is lovely, and I’m a bit jealous of you living near the beach!

    1. I love the Deer & Doe patterns, they have just great details and seem to be designed for shorties! It is certainly nice living up here for the interim, not sure I could do it long term, it is so far from the city, so I am feeling a bit isolated. Trying to make the most of it though πŸ™‚ Roll on summer!

  7. Love this as a blouse.. super cute..
    The beach looks really beautiful.. Look forward so seeing photos of your new house.

  8. Bleuet as a shirt! What a genius idea! I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while, and this shirt is definitely making me want to get it right away. I love a good button-down with feminine details, and this fits the bill perfectly!

  9. The Bleuet looks great as a blouse, good save! I also found the collar instructions strange, as if written by someone who has never sewn a collar before, so I just stitched it on the “normal” way 😊

  10. This is the first blouse version I’ve seen and it is AWESOME! I am liking the sleeves in the soft fabric but they may indeed be a bit floofy in something with a heavier drape…

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