Let’s Meet Caroline (And Her Animal Print Alma)

It’s time to get to know a bit more about me, Caroline! I live in Vancouver, but I was actually born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. I attended the Fashion Design program at LaSalle College in Montreal, and upon graduation, I got an internship at Télio, one of the leading fabric wholesalers in North America. I worked in their Montreal showroom for a summer, and then on their merchandising team for a year. It was a great year! I learned about building a fabric collection, trend research, graphic design, and all kinds of things relating to the textile industry. I fell in love with fabric!

When I heard about an opportunity to move to Vancouver and open Télio’s first showroom out here, I jumped at the opportunity. Flash forward three months, and I was moving my life across Canada! I’ve now been living here almost three years, and I love it. I spend my days running the showroom, where I meet with local designers, manufacturers and retailers, and help them to source fabrics. I also contribute to the Télio blog, Textures, which has been up and running for about two months now.

Tasia and I met two years ago, and I immediately thought she was such a cool lady. I won’t lie, after meeting her I spent hours on her blog learning about her journey, totally in awe. When she asked me to lend a hand, I was thrilled! It’s been tons of fun helping her with sewing samples, and taking care of e-mails. It certainly keeps me busy on my evenings and weekends, but I don’t mind – it doesn’t feel like work when you enjoy what you’re doing. I’m so excited and honored to be a part of her team, and to start blogging in her little corner of the online sewing community!

And there you have it; a little peek into the path that brought me here!

So to kick things off, I wanted to show you guys one of my favorite Sewaholic makes so far, my cheetah print Alma blouse! I’m not usually big on loud animal prints, but when I saw this fabric at Télio, something about it just spoke to me! I immediately thought it would be perfect for a fun Alma blouse.

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I used a cheetah print cotton poplin from Télio. It’s a lovely light weight, but not sheer at all. One suggestion I have for using cottons: always be sure to pre-wash! Cottons will always shrink during the wash/dry cycle, so I always make sure to give them a good pre-wash before cutting.

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This blouse came together in a flash. This is partially due to the fact that I decided to omit the side seam zip. When I made my muslin, I was able to pull the sample over my head easily without a zip, so I just went with it! I wouldn’t suggest this with a delicate fabric though.

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I considered doing a contrast collar and tie belt, but in the end I decided to do everything in the same fabric. It really lets the animal print shine! There is no distraction with a different colored collar or belt.

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You might notice that the sleeve length is shortened from View B. This was a super easy customization, I just hacked off few inches from the View B sleeve.

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I also lengthened the pattern by about an inch and a half, and took it out just a tiny bit at the hips…

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The photo above is a quick snapshot of this adjustment. I try to always trace out my patterns, and I knew the Alma would be a repeat make for me, so I was sure to take the time to trace this one. You can see that I lengthened the bodice, and brought the hips out a little. This is an adjustment I commonly make with more fitted patterns, since I have a longer torso and fuller hips, and I like some extra room in that area. I just copied this adjustment to the back bodice piece, and voila! Super easy.

Did I mention I love this blouse? It’s flirty, and girly, and kind of feisty too! Hope you enjoyed reading a bit more about me, and my cheetah print Alma Blouse. I’m looking forward to sharing more sewing projects, tips, and inspiration with you.

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29 Responses to Let’s Meet Caroline (And Her Animal Print Alma)

  1. chase June 17, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    welcome! I love your blouse and although I too am not usually an animal print fan, it works and looks lovely!!!!! thanks for the detail showing exactly how you expanded the bottom line and hip measurement a bit, makes it super clear!

    • Caroline Amanda June 18, 2013 at 7:41 am #

      Hi Chase, you’re welcome! It’s always nice to see visually how people adjust patterns to fit their bodies. I appreciate your comment! Thank you.

  2. Maggie June 17, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Hello Caroline! That blouse is fantastic and I love that you kept the belt and collar in the same print. I would have thought that a contrast would be great to break up that kind of print, but I totally agree that with them all the same, you really let the print be the focus!

    • Caroline Amanda June 18, 2013 at 7:40 am #

      Hi Maggie! Yes I totally had plans for contrast, but when I was cutting the fabric, I decided I just didn’t want to break up the pattern. It worked out great! Thanks for your comment :)

  3. Kelly June 17, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    How nice to hear more about you and the interesting work you do! Your blouse looks lovely :)

  4. Gail June 17, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    This is adorable, Caroline! Makes me want one just like it!

  5. Naomi June 17, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    So pretty! :) I want one too!

  6. Pamela @ Johnny Mango Seed June 17, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Great to hear from you; I’m glad to hear you’re liking the PNW.

    Oh my gosh I like fabric–if I’d thought of it, I might’ve done what you’re doing! I am constantly amazed at how the simple choice of fabric [texture, weight, print, color, stretch, etc.] makes an entirely new garment from the same pattern.

    You are rockin’ that blouse! Thanks for sharing. Look forward to seeing how you change it up with the next verison.

    Pamela

  7. Textures June 17, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Great Post Carolyn! This top is so flattering, I love the belt and the collar! Animal print is always so much fun and using it for such a cute top works really great! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jennifer @ Workroom Social June 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Happy to meet you, Caroline! Always fun to read about people’s backgrounds. Love your Alma!

  9. Johanna June 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    This is so cute! I love the alma pattern. I haven’t made it though :) anyway welcome, you are a lucky lady to work worth Tasia! :)

    • Caroline Amanda June 18, 2013 at 7:38 am #

      Hi Johanna, thanks for welcoming me! I AM lucky to work with Tasia, she’s so lovely to work with and very inspiring. :)

  10. fangaroni June 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Nice to hear from you Caroline! That blouse is super flattering, it looks fitted but you didn’t insert a zipper, I may have to pick up an Alma pattern now…

    • Caroline Amanda June 18, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      Hello! Yes it is quite fitted but it still works without the zipper. I think this is largely due to my stable fabric choice. The Alma is such a classic silhouette, I’m sure you will get great use out of it. :)

      • Lucy June 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

        I have put zips into both my Almas, but sometimes I forget to unzip and just slip the thing on! Then I remember I could have unzipped it. So yeah, works fine for me.

        I may have to do another couple this summer (cotton lawn Almas are AMAZING for work) and I might just omit the zip to save myself a bundle of time.

  11. Lessles June 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Lovely to meet you Caroline, what a great blouse. I’m looking forward to reading lots more from you.
    Lesley

  12. Roxy June 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Nice to “meet” you Caroline. Nice Alma blouse too!

  13. Rachelle June 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Nice to meet you Caroline! Hello from someone still in Quebec. :) Great first post, I look forward to more from you!

    • Caroline Amanda June 18, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      Nice to met you too Rachelle! So cool to hear that you’re also from Quebec!

  14. Sandra June 18, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    Nice to meet you Caroline. Cute as top :-)

  15. Tasia June 18, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I’m glad you enjoyed Caroline’s first post! Thanks everyone for welcoming her to the blog. I think it will be neat to hear from someone other than me once in a while, with their own sense of style and voice!

  16. Amy June 18, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Hi Caroline! It’s wonderful to finally meet you and get to hear a bit more about your journey. Your blouse is wonderful – an Alma is on my summer to-sew list!

  17. Adrienne June 19, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    This is such a cool version of the Alma blouse! And it’s nice to know more about Caroline. Looking forward to more posts — and sewing — from Caroline! :-)

  18. RobinD June 19, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    what a cute top! I am picky about animal prints, too, and that one is a winner, especially in cotton!

  19. Jill June 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Is it ok that I just want to copycat your blouse? LOVE it! And I look forward to reading about your experiences with Sewaholic!

    • Caroline Amanda June 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      Of course you can! I’m flattered :) We’d love to see your version!

  20. Abi June 25, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Yay! It’s so lovely to ‘meet’ you finally, after emailing with you to order patterns :D I absolutely LOVE your Alma, it’s sensational! I’m not big on animal prints myself, but you make me want to wear them more. I look forward to seeing more posts from you!

  21. Isabella M. July 12, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Hi
    That blouse is fantastic and I love that you kept the belt and collar in the same print.xxxx

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