A Floral Sencha…

I finally got round to making up a version of the Sencha Blouse from Colette Patterns. I’ve had this pattern for a while but then lost it. Only to find it in a particularly illogical place – (having thought that it would be a logical place naturally!). Does that happen to anybody else?

I made up a size 12 in a blue floral fabric that I bought from Fabrics Galore. I remember it being fairly cheap, it’s a lightweight printed cotton, perhaps a little lighter than lawn. It’s not my favourite print but I am desperately short of smart work wear and new clothes!!

Pattern Description: 

Loose but curvy shaped blouse with deep tucks at the front and back waist that has buttons down the back.

Pattern Sizing:
Multi sized 0 to 18, I made the 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Colette Pattern instructions as usual are a dream to follow! Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the sleeves but it is a bit too high necked for me at the front.

Fabric Used:
Blue floral cotton fabric from Fabrics Galore, London. Buttons from eBay.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made or would make?:
No alterations made. However in the future I would not use a button with a shank (for obvious reasons!). I would lower the neckline at the front. The top is a little bit baggy for me above the bust, so if I made it again I would play around with the depth/length of the pleats to eliminate this. Also, if I do it again, I would definitely lengthen it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Perhaps, but I have so many other patterns that I want to make up!


A quick and easy project –  I don’t think it took me more than half a day. Of course you can be quicker but I wasn’t in a hurry.

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