True Bias Sutton Blouse: Silk & Lace

True Bias Sutton 2Have you guys seen the newest pattern from True Bias, the Sutton Blouse? It’s a loose fitting kimono style top with a lovely yoke and comfortable slits at the lower side seams. I had a great time testing this pattern for Kelli. Here is my tester version!

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The pattern calls for lightweight woven fabrics with a nice drape. For my version, I decided to go with a silk crepe de chine from my stash for the main fabric. I wanted to do something interesting and pretty with the yoke portion, so I picked a cotton lace! I love the way the lace yoke turned out.

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I made a size 14, my usual size, and graded out a centimeter or so around the hip area. Nothing new here, this is the adjustment I make on most top/blouse patterns.

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Would I make this again? Yes, I would! I think it’s a great staple pattern to keep in my arsenal. It’s more interesting than a basic woven tee, yet still classic and easy to wear. It has great potential for so many fabric combos. I would love to make one in a lovely floral print, or a color blocked version. I am also thinking I might try lengthening it into a tunic or dress, and belting it! Wouldn’t that be cute?

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Kelli made a couple of changes to the pattern from the tester version to the final version. She removed some ease width wise from each size, and also took some ease out of the neckline and raised the neckline about 1/4″. They are small changes, so the finished pattern will look very similar to my version above.

So what are you sewing these days?


34 Responses to True Bias Sutton Blouse: Silk & Lace

  1. patsijean November 12, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    T-shirts are comfy, but are not very flattering. I think this pattern will solve the problem. I just ordered the pattern for the Sutton blouse. I also have some lace which I will use to copy your idea.

    • Caroline Amanda November 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Yes I think this is a great flattering t-shirt pattern! Tough to find something that is a relaxed fit, yet flattering. I love the lace, I encourage you to use lace as well! It feels so pretty to wear.

  2. Erika A November 12, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    I love this fabric combination! Recently I’ve started to turn my nose at all the lace accents everywhere in RTW because they look so cheap, but this looks so expensive and luxe!

    • Caroline Amanda November 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

      Thanks Erika! You only need a small piece of lace for this, so you can splurge on a nice quality lace to get the luxurious look.

  3. Mel November 12, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    gorgeous blouse! You’ve sold me on the pattern :)

    • Caroline Amanda November 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Yay! Love to hear that. It’s a great blouse pattern :)

  4. Melizza November 12, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    What a gorgeous version! Hoping to get to this pattern by the end of the year. You make me want to make it even sooner. The lace is a wonderful touch!

  5. Ginger November 12, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    Ooh, the lace yoke is so pretty! What a great idea!

  6. Megan November 12, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    Oooh, the lace is so pretty. It really dresses up this pattern!

  7. Caitlin November 12, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Your version is gorgeous! The lace and black make it look so sophisticated.

  8. Camilla November 12, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    What a gorgeous top I love the lace yoke. It looks like a really versatile pattern that you can dress up or down.

  9. Noelle November 12, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    You make a convincing case for trying out the Sutton pattern! Great version – the lace is a nice detail.

  10. maddie November 12, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    va vavoom! You look amazing in this top!

  11. true bias November 12, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    you are so awesome. love your version so much!

  12. Heather November 12, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Caroline this looks fabulous!! I am in love with that lace yoke – what a gorgeous touch!

  13. Hester November 12, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    That’s beautiful, the lace yoke really works! And it’s nice to find a simple but feminine top that can be dressed up or down.

    • Caroline Amanda November 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      I agree. I could wear it tucked into a black skirt for a really nice sophisticated look. Or with jeans like above for an everyday look. It’s a versatile pattern for sure!

  14. Hélène November 12, 2014 at 10:14 am #


  15. autumn November 12, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    you are such a cutie – what a great blouse!

  16. candie tancred November 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Very on style. Very creative. Just lovely the concept and the lace.

  17. nothy November 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    wow. Beautiful top. THe pattern drawing just doesn’t do it justice. I will definitely get this one next.

    • Caroline Amanda November 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      Awesome! Sometimes line drawings just don’t do patterns justice. I always look for photos of finished projects on real people to decide if I will buy a pattern.

  18. Kat @ House of Lane November 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Ooh I love the lace yoke! What a cool idea. I’m nearly finished my Sutton. I got excited and jumped ahead on the sewalong. It’s also my first time working with silk which has been interesting. Fingers crossed it looks ok in the end.

    • Caroline Amanda November 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

      It’s a great top for silks! Fairly simple construction, and the fit it perfect for a drapey silk. Excited to see yours :)

  19. Sophie November 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Its beeeeutiful. Great fabric combo!

  20. Mette November 13, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    Wow – this look awesome! I’m so tempted to rip of your version – beautiful!

  21. Annette November 13, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Love your tee! and the fabric combination you used is fabulous. You have sold me on trying this pattern, TFS! Annette

  22. Gina November 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Love your fabric combination! I’ve been looking for a pattern like this. The fabric and pattern combinations are endless!

  23. Miss Crayola Creepy November 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    My favorite Sutton that I’ve seen! xo

  24. Jane November 30, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    That is super flattering. I really like it!

  25. Helen December 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    This is gorgeous! Can I ask, how did you finish the lace part of the sleeves? Did you just turn the hem under and stitch? I’ve never sewn with lace before, so am unsure how to finish it. Thanks!


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