A Rainbow Seersucker Peasant Top [Scroop Henrietta Maria]

June 14, 2017   /   byTanya  / Categories :  Feeds

Hello friends!

Surprise! It’s not a dress! ?

I don’t often wear pants — especially in the warmer months — but I wanted a loose-fitting top to wear with jeans.  Basically, I needed a blouse that looked good with skinny jeans and didn’t cling to me.  I had seen the Scroop Henrietta Maria pattern a few months before and it stuck in my mind.  It’s no secret that I’ve long had a love for peasant dress and blouse styles, but I was uncertain whether I actually needed to buy another pattern.  After all, I have several vintage blouse patterns I could make, but this one seemed to offer something a little different, as well as fitting in with my favored aesthetic.

Scroop Patterns is a relatively new pattern company designed by Leimomi Oakes of The Dreamstress. I have followed her blog for a few years now (as well as the Historical Sew Monthly) and I am always inspired by what she creates.  Leimomi is well versed in historical clothing and her pattern company mixes historical fashion with modern appeal.  Leimomi is a fashion and textile historian and sewing teacher, so I expected a professionally drafted pattern and I was not disappointed.

The Henrietta Maria pattern is a shift dress or top with raglan sleeves.  It has tucks on the neckline and on the sleeve cuffs and the top has options for both a straight and shaped high-low hemline.  This version is View B with the shaped hem.  I didn’t find it quite long enough in the front and didn’t have enough fabric to cut it much longer, so I added a hem band.  The hem band is just a piece of fabric cut to fit the bottom of the top, folded in half horizontally and sewn to the shirt.

The fabric for this blouse was a find.   As I’ve mentioned before, I love to go thrifting and antiquing and I’m always on the hunt for sewing stuff.  However, I don’t often look through the fabrics at thrift stores as I am usually disappointed by a pile of quilting cotton and fleece remnants.  I happened upon this multi-colored check print seersucker at one of my favorite thrift stores and scored it for $1.  ONE entire buck for about 3 1/2 yards!

As I was trying to do some pattern matching with this blouse and the print is directional, I didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut out the full length of the sleeves, so my sleeves are little shorter.  I also had to adjust the amount of tucks on the sleeves due to the shortened sleeves and where they fit on my arms.  I put the majority of the tucks where they’re more noticeable and tacked down the rest of the sleeve facing.

Laddie popped in

I am super happy with this top and definitely look forward to making another.  This top has been in weekly rotation since I made it, and I’m thinking that I should also make a coordinating skirt to wear with this.  I already have plans to make the dress version in a summery cotton voile and I’m sure it will be a staple.

Happy Sewing!


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