Spoiler Alert – I might just have sewn something I really like; the Rhapsody Blouse (& Dress) by Love Notions; having sewn one I can tell you I’ll be sewing this again. And then again!
Whilst the Rhapsody is an easy-wear pattern, it has some lovely design details that elevate it from your everyday ‘peasant’ blouse (for want of a better expression). It has shoulder gathers which drape nicely over the bust; a yoke, centre back pleat, curved hem, optional neckline ties and lots of sleeve options – from sleeveless through cap, short, flutter, 3/4″ length, flared cuff, bishop or trumpet AND it comes with two front bodice pieces – one for a standard bust (A-C) and one for full (D to E/F).
Whilst there are loads of this style of pattern out there; once I’d really looked at the Rhapsody, it then became the benchmark I judged the others by – an inbuilt FBA is always a winner but 9 sleeve options sealed the deal. So how did it sew up?
I’d eagerly snatched up NL6517 eons ago as I wanted to replicate my favourite, now sadly departed, pair of RTW linen trousers. The pattern features these wide leg pants but also has options for a tunic top (in two lengths) and a simple maxi dress with a side split – all very wearable. As the heatwave hit, I finally dug it out hoping to make a quick summer capsule wardrobe!
With that theme firmly in mind, I decided to sew a mix’n’match set, so as to maximise the wear options…
I got my hands on two colourways of some gorgeously soft and drapey Viscose Linen ‘Liege’ fabric (from Patterns & Plains); first in the Blue Mint* colourway and, quickly realising how gorgeous it was, purchasing the Harbour Blue! This stuff sews and presses beautifully and doesn’t overly crease in the wearing!
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