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Introducing the Anna Blouse by Charise Creates

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

Introducing the Anna Blouse by Charise Creates |

It’s been a busy few weeks for Steve and I. Last week, Steve was frolicking on the beaches of Puerto Rico and my mom came to visit Boulder (and fabric shop). And this past weekend, Indiesew HQ moved to a new location! And things are about to get busier. We have some awesome things in store for you folks.

But today, I want to introduce you two a brand new designer, Charise Creates. Charise is clothing designer with over 20 years in the fashion world. In fact, she's created clothing designs for companies like Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom and Union Bay. And it shows with her pattern, the Anna Blouse. So let’s get to the details.

The Anna Blouse is a loose-fitting, woven blouse with a bias-bound keyhole neckline and front bodice tucks. This pattern includes two sleeve length options and the option to add neckties to the unique neckline design.

Line drawings for the Anna Blouse |

When we chose this pattern for the shop, I knew immediately what my Anna Blouse would look like. I was certain that a long sleeved Anna without neck ties would be perfect in a Cotton + Steel cotton lawn from the Mesa Collection. I bought this fabric from Imagine Gnats a few months back, because I’m a sucker for navy and small geometric prints. I only wish I’d bought more.

Inspiration board for the Anna Blouse by Charise Creates |

Believe me when I say, this pattern is so fun to sew. I didn’t experience a single moment of frustration. The drafting was impeccable. Each pattern piece was the proper shape for the French seams, so that they aligned well with the raw edges of fabric. I was nervous about using bias binding around such a tight circle at the neckline keyhole. But Charise’s instructions outlined the process so well that I didn't have a single hiccup. Truth be told, I didn’t have to seam rip a single seam on this blouse while sewing it. That’s a win in my book.

Keyhole detail on Charise Create's Anna Blouse |

My favorite detail of the Anna Blouse, and one that provides a nice comfortable fit, is the gathering at the top of the armscyes and the sleeve cuffs. It’s not so much gathering that you feel old-fashioned. But it’s enough to add a bit of femininity to the top.

Gathering on Anna Blouse |

Overall, I highly recommend the Anna Blouse for the intermediate or advanced sewist. Be sure to choose a nice lightweight fabric for this top. Lawn, voile or even rayon challis would work great for this sewing pattern. I’ll be scheming up my own rayon sleeveless version for summer with a curved hi-low hem.

Have you already sewed the Anna Blouse? Upload your creation and offer some inspiration to the sewing world! Stay tuned folks as we gear up for several weeks of exciting new events. If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, make sure you do below!

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