Today I present to you my ballerina print Roxanne Blouse from Victory Patterns! I made this as a wearable muslin to test out the pattern, but I am very pleased with the result and have been wearing it a lot this fall and winter. I especially love how comfortable yet polished and dramatic the blouse is. The fabric is a printed poly I found at a discount store in Cambridge for $1.99 a yard! I’ve a bunch more yardage of it too so you can expect to see more ballerina covered garments from me in the future! This pattern is perfect for showcasing a lovely print in a flowy fabric.
I made up version 2 of the blouse but omitted the pocket and lengthened the front by 2″ and blended to the back so it’d be long enough to comfortably wear over leggings. I am generally happy with the fit, but I think for future versions I will bring in the shoulder point by 3/4″ since it doesn’t have to extend as far to meet a sleeve and it is sitting a little away from my shoulder at the current length. I may also want to add a bust dart, I know it is meant to be relaxed and loose, but I think a small bust dart will help with some of the pooling of fabric I am getting in the front ( I know it’s not visible in these photos since I am wearing a belt, but trust me, the pooling is there).
I especially love the pleated collar detail. I think I may also use this collar for silk button-down shirts in the future. Please excuse the wrinkles in the photo below…
Just look how cute those little abstract ballerinas are! I never did take any dance lessons despite secretly really, really wanting to be a ballerina. I suppose it’s not too late to enroll in an adult ballet class…
Roxanne Blouse Pattern
2 1/4 yds Ballerina Print Fabric
Hook and Eye
1/4 yd Interfacing