In-House Patterns | Chelsea Blouse in Blue Georgette

19 Jul


Here we are again, on the eve of another work week, and I have another productive sewing session to tell you about. I have completed a Vogue 1353 which turned out great and I will share once I get photos. I have also made another Closet Case Files Sallie Jumpsuit trying to perfect the fit. And I made another McCall’s 7121 that just needs a hem. Spoiler alert — no crazy stripe matching in this version.


But what I am going to share with you today is this sheer, swingy blue blouse made up with the hot-off-the-presses In-House Patterns Chelsea Blouse. It’s no secret that I love Alexandra Morgan’s skills as a designer, pattern drafter, and conveyor of streamlined and industry-style sewing techniques. You can see some of my previous In-House makes here and here (I think there is going to be another Belle Blouse in my future soon). There are others that have never made it onto the blog (my sister loves the Jenny Tee that I made and gifted to her).


This top is trendy but basic enough that you could make it up in a crazy fabric to wear now or in a nice neutral solid to keep in your wardrobe for many years. The pattern also provides the option for color blocking or mixed media (think lace or chiffon back panel). I love the way the side seams swing forward toward the front as they head down to the hemline. I think this makes the silhouette more slimming. What do you think?


I chose to make mine up in a royal blue polyester georgette by J. Crew ($3.50/yard), one of a few pieces in a recent Fabric Mart Fabrics acquisition. While this wasn’t the easiest fabric to work with, by taking my time getting the fabric on grain, cutting it out with a rotary cutter, and carefully pinning and stitching, I think I was able to achieve a satisfactory garment.


Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t my best work ever. My rolled hem foot gave me fits and my neck binding refused to be stitched in the ditch so I had to resort to handstitching it. But the casual observer will never notice these things.


For sizing I chose a large with D cup and I added 5/8″ width to each shoulder as well as making a 1/2″ forward shoulder adjustment. I chose these adjustments based on the fit of my Blossom Blouse but I feel like the width I added to the shoulders was unnecessary and makes me look even broader than I am. Based on prior experience, In-House Patterns are drafted with very little ease so I don’t try to fudge on choosing my size. But I think in this pattern I could have gone with the medium.


As far as construction goes, I used French seams for everything, including the armscyes. As mentioned above, the French binding on the neckline was stitched down by hand with a fell stitch.


The body and sleeves of the blouse are hemmed with the rolled hem foot on your machine. From prior experience, I knew this would be tricky but I forged ahead. I had to adjust my needle position to get the stitching to hit in the right spot. And some places aren’t rolled right but it’s not obvious from the outside. It got a little easier as I went along, though, and the sleeves aren’t too bad.


The Chelsea Blouse from In-House patterns is another solidly drafted pattern by Alexandra Morgan. I would love to see your version if you decide to sew it up!

13 Responses to “In-House Patterns | Chelsea Blouse in Blue Georgette”

  1. Jae July 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    Love this blouse, it looks amazing on you and has a very nice summery drape. Very fashionable.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 20, 2015 at 7:41 am #

      Thanks, Jae. I think a Belle Bow Blouse would look nice with the suit your are planning. Can’t wait to see your jacket muslin. I have both of those patterns in my stash.

  2. Judi July 19, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    I love the pattern, fabric and color…it’s a beautiful blouse!!!

  3. rosiewednesday July 20, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Great sleeves! And well done on the sewing. Georgette is a tricky beast.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 20, 2015 at 7:39 am #

      Thank you, Lauren. The excellent drafting of the pattern made up for the disagreeable-ness of the fabric 🙂

  4. Lynn July 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    That’s gorgeous, and I DO like how the side seam comes to the front. Beautiful color on you!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 20, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

      Thanks, Lynn! I like the color, too. It’s under-represented in my closet. Have you ever shopped at Fabric Mart Fabrics?

      • Lynn July 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

        Nope – tried after seeing it on PatternReview, but I’ll have to give Fabric Mart a shot!

      • Susie Homemaker, MD July 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

        You can get some really inexpensive stuff — some gems and some good muslin.

  5. sheilazthreadz July 22, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Gorgeous blouse and perfect pairing with the georgette fabric.


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