This is the beautiful Atelier Jupe Olivia Blouse (and Dress) in one of Minerva’s new exclusive viscose challis range that I was gifted from Minerva as part of my role as a Minerva Brand Ambassador. This one is called ‘Bubble Lights’.
A beautiful fabric combined with a beautiful blouse pattern.
The Olivia has mid-length raglan sleeves, gathers at the collar, an elegant popover placket and a slightly rounded hem. Both the blouse and dress are included in this double pattern!
I made up the size 38 (UK size 10) in accordance with my bust measurement of 35 inches. I checked the finished measurements for ease because I didn’t want it too oversized.
It was 5 inches which is perfect for a blouse style like this.
I often get asked how I chose my size and I always check the ease followed by reading as many reviews of the pattern as possible. I find this post by Charlotte Kan invaluable and always refer to it.
The pattern instructions are very good. Just be mindful that you have to trace off the pattern as the pieces are printed on both sides of the printed pattern paper.
The half placket was very straight forward but I always find half plackets a bit mind boggling! My advice is just to trust the instructions, go slowly and make sure you the right/wrong side to right/wrong side correct.
The collar is possibly a little fiddly. Just make sure you are really accurate in cutting out. Re-trim the collar pieces to size and re-cut the notches once you’ve adhered the interfacing ( it can grow whilst applying interfacing) and be accurate in keeping to the seam allowance when sewing it together and onto the blouse.
Next time I would add a small piece of interfacing to the inside of the front panel at the bottom of the placket to reinforce that area before snipping to the stitching line and turning the placket through to the back, especially in such a lightweight fabric as this.
The one change I made is lengthening the sleeves by 5 inches and taking 1 inch from the cuff which now hits my lower forearm.
It’s a lovely quality viscose, not too light nor too heavy. And not too shifty to cut out and sew. I LOVE this print!
I would consider downsizing in this next time. But that does depend on the style you’re going for and the type of fabric.
At £23.99 for the pattern, you really have to want to make this up again. It’s a good thing that I’ve just made the dress version!!
Lucie Lucie xx