Blouse Elona – Ikatee x Jolies Bobines
Hello everyone and happy weekend! I am delighted to come back to you today with a sewing article! It had been several weeks and I was initially thinking of coming back with my second project for the LTA Green Seamstress, but actually, I fell in love with a pattern and it obviously became the first thing to do on my to-do list!
This article is about the Elona dress from Ikatee in collaboration with Jolies Bobines. This pattern was released several weeks ago and I liked it, especially with the little ruffle on the side. However, I knew in advance that this shape of dress that is not fitted at the waist would not suit me at all. And I didn’t buy it for that reason. But last week, I came across the version of Mélanie from Cousette chérie who made it as a blouse, and I thought ‘but here’s the solution! Just sew this pattern as a blouse’!I found this pattern rather quick to sew (taking into account that it’s a blouse that is lined though!), and the instructions very clear. I had already had the opportunity to sew Ikatee’s child patterns (which I had only mentioned to you via my french podcasts I think), and I was expecting this pattern to be as good. I went for the smaller size, and I chose the ruffle option all over the front and I’m delighted! I also chose the double buttoning : a real button with a buttonhole, and a button only for decorative purpose, and I think it really adds a small detail that is very pretty. But I had a real problem with my automatic sewing machine buttonholes! It was impossible to have a clean result and I really didn’t understand why … After changing the thread, the fabric, the needle, the settings and watched tons of videos on how to use my sewing machine, I finally understood (the next day) that it was my balance stitches that was not right! Courtesy of my little 2 years old who loves to turn the buttons of the machine when I’m not looking …
Regarding the fabric, it is a beautiful rayon from Rifle Paper company, that I spotted a year ago on an English seamstress who had made an Anna dress from BHL that was absolutely sublime. But I didn’t buy it at the time because I found this fabric relatively expensive. But I realized lately that I really wanted to sew a project in rayon so I spent hours online looking at all the websites in Europe and I managed to find and order the last 1m50 available in the only shop that had it. I was absolutely delighted! The only concern? It is an American fabric with a 110 cm width … so having only 1m50 does not offer many possibilities regarding the pattern you’ll be able to use. It was quite hard to squeeze everything in it. Know that it exists in more colours, but personally the only one I really liked was the navy blue.
I did not make any adjustments or modifications, the only thing I changed is that I didn’t make any sewn hem, but I made an overlocked stitch for the bottom of the ruffle and for the sleeves. As I didn’t have enough fabric to cut all my pieces in this fabric, I lined the inside of my blouse with another blue rayon I had in my stash.
I am absolutely delighted with this blouse, and to be honest I’m wearing it a lot! Whether the fabric, or the pattern, I am totally convinced with both, and there will be for sure other Elona blouses to come in the coming months! For those whose rayon frightens, don’t forget that you can find a tutorial on How to sew rayon and silk fabrics here.
So, do you like it as much as me? Very good weekend to all!