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Flutter Blouse + Tap Shorts

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Hello everyone! Here we are enjoying some cool weather thanks to a cold front coming form Antarctica. It’s the first time in three years that it’s been this fresh and do you know what? I love it! The sky is blue and clear, the air crisp and dry and it’s lovely to finally wear long pants and shoes!
Obviously, when it would be more sensible sewing something with long sleeves and maybe in some heavier material, I keep making cotton tops and bottoms instead! Oh wow, I’m sure the warm weather will return before we know it. So here it comes, a complete whole summer outfit!

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The top is yet another Papercut Flutter, this time in the form of  blouse. The fabric is a lovely lightweight cotton sateen by Lisette, scored for just $4/m. It’s a beautiful cobalt blue with very narrow stripes forming a check pattern. It has a very soft hand and it’s extremely nice to wear. I paired it with white bias binding, which I think enhances the little white stripes and the shape of the blouse and also gives a more girly look to the top.

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I cut the same size as my first Flutter and did not alter the pattern any further, just added 1″ to the length as I didn’t want the top to be too short. I’ve used the bias for the hem too as I had some left – I like the inner side to be as cute as the outside. Also, I’ve slightly angled the split at the back, simply because I like it that way.

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I’m pretty happy with the fit I achieved with this pattern even if there is still some work to be done on the back side. There is something strange going on there, I need to try and drop the center a bit, maybe doing a sort of high round back adjustment. I think I need more fabric there in order to eliminate that bit of pulling. I’ve already added room for prominent shoulder blades, I’m wondering if I need to add more? I’ll check it out on my next version.

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I love the bell sleeves of this pattern, even if I’m conscious their shape doesn’t suit me particularly well. The exaggerated shape of the sleeves plus the dropped shoulders draw attention to the top part of the body, above the waist, emphasizing this area. My shoulders are quite broad and forward also, that’s why I should opt for different shapes, in order to balance them out. Lucky enough, the tunic version of this pattern has a quite wide bottom too, so it sorts of creates an harmonious effect and I feel comfortable enough to wear it.

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For the bottom, I’ve chosen Katy and Laney Tap Shorts. I wanted something easy to make and I was captured by the three amazing different variations this pattern offers. I’ve gone with the simplest, view B, with front pleats and side zipper, to which I’ve added back patch pockets stolen from a Burda pattern.

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I’ve cut a size 4 for the waist grading down to a 2 for the hips and the shorts fit very well. I only altered the pattern for a 5/8″ flat derrière and lengthened the legs by 1 1/4″, so I can say it’s as close as possible to a ‘straight out of the envelope’ I can get!

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I usually need to take in a fair bit to achieve a nice fit in fitted skirts and shorts, so I’ve added a center back just-in-case-seam to the waistband, but I didn’t need it after all. I told you, this pattern is great as is and I’m surprised that, for once, the measurements works very well for me and I’m not in between many sizes. There are some sort of ‘smile wrinkles’ in the back and I’m not quite sure if it’s a crotch length problem or I have a low derrière. Suggestion anyone?

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Anyhow, the Tap Shorts instructions are very detailed and I’m curious to try the front fly zip version to see if I can actually pull it off. I am really impressed with both pictures and wording and I’m happy to have chosen this pattern. I love the high waist because I can wear the shorts with crop tops without exposing too much skin and the front pleats add a bit of interest to otherwise plain shorts. I’m sure it will not be my last pair.

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Fabric wise, I’ve gone for a military green chino drill, which as you can see creases extremely well, paired with a cheetah printed cotton for the waistband facing. The colors really go well together, plus I’ve used cream overlocking thread to match the animal print background and I love how the inside of the shorts looks.

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I’m in a green and cobalt blue mood at the moment and I’d like to explore these two colors a bit more as I don’t wear them very often. I love them together and it would be interesting to create a capsule wardrobe around this palette. In fact, I’ve already got some military green corduroy for my Waver Jacket! I’m on the right path!

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A big high five to both the Flutter Blouse and Tap Shorts, great staple patterns which I’m gonna make more of without any doubt! What did you make this week instead? Dresses? Pants? Tops? Jackets? Do tell me!

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4 thoughts on “Flutter Blouse + Tap Shorts

  1. I am definitely making dresses at the moment but now I am thinking about shorts as I am.planning our holiday! The tap shorts look great – you got such a good fit!

    Louise

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