In November, Thread Theory had a Black Friday sale, with all their patterns 50% off. I have been hovering over “buy” on their site for years for patterns for my husband. I love their clean, classic looks with modern fit. I bought up a bunch of the discounted patterns for him, and one pattern for me; the only womenswear pattern Thread Theory offers, the Camas Blouse. Somehow, the only pattern that I’ve sewn, of the many I picked up that day, is the one for me. Funny how that works.
This Camas Blouse ended up being more of a muslin. I made quite a few mistakes along the way. But I’ve still been wearing it. I think the real trick to wearing DIY is to keep your standards low. How low? Well. Let’s discuss the placket, hmm
I don’t know why it puckers in at my chest on both sides, especially my right. It lays flat when not on me, but does this on my body. I’m assuming I pulled things funky while trying to line up the placket pieces. And then there’s the actual neckline. Blergh.
I don’t know if this is related to the chest puckers, but it for sure all shows how much I struggled with this placket. Were my pieces too thick? The pattern calls for interfacing on both outer placket and facing placket. Did I get off at the curves? Possibly. It was late, I was tired and just wanted it finished. Next time, I need to slow down and maybe even baste the placket and neckline first. Hopefully I’ll be able to avoid this weird funnel-neck feature I’ve got going on.
But aren’t those center back gathers and contrast yoke charming? And, if I put my hair down, you don’t really notice the horrible neckline so much. If I grow my hair out, maybe I can hide those chest puckers, too.
Oh, and also, you can’t tell in these pictures, but I totally messed up and added an extra button hole at the top. At the time, I already knew the placket was screwed up, had chalked the entire project up to practice as a muslin, and didn’t plan on actually wearing it. But then I finished it and put it on and ended up really liking it in spite of all the blaring imperfections.
Low standards, I’m telling you, are the way to go!
The pattern and design are really great. As mentioned, I love the yokes, the gathers, and even the idea of the placket and neckline. I just need to improve my execution. Plus, my dad hails from a tiny little town in a tiny little county called Camas. So, I may just be biased to favor this pattern inherently.
I used some fabric from Jo-Ann’s red tag in a southwest print. It’s a really drapey sweater knit, and super soft. The contrasting black is bamboo knit, also from Jo-Ann. This top was one of my first projects on my new coverstitch machine (side: my husband surprised me with a coverstitch machine for Christmas!) I used it to finish the hem and the sleeves.
In conclusion, the Camas Blouse by Thread Theory is a beautiful, feminine pattern that I hope to one day master. Until then, I’m embracing the funnel neck and wearing my wonky southwest version, puckers and twisted-out collars be damned. Also, before concluding, go back and notice how crooked my glasses are in almost every picture. Perhaps my sewing would improve if I wasn’t observing the world at a constant slant? Maybe I should look into that before I sew up the patterns I bought for my husband.