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I think this pattern is growing onto me. I made the Rhapsody dress last year and I knew I needed the blouse version too. I guess you are wondering why I love the Rhapsody sewing pattern by Love Notions. Firstly, this pattern does not require buttons nor zippers but instead requires ties for closures. The second reason is that this pattern features 9 sleeve options. and yes you heard right 9. I am so sure there is an option for everybody out there.

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I reviewed the rhapsody dress pattern when I sewed it up both on my blog here and over on my youtube channel and if you would like to have a read or a watch, I have included both links here.

The Pattern

The Rhapsody is a versatile top and dress pattern featuring nine sleeve options. It is drafted for lightweight and drapey woven fabrics making it perfect for a summer wardrobe. It features a flattering curved hem on both the blouse and dress pattern. The neckline is finished with self-made bias tape which may include ties for additional detail.

Specifications

  • Size range XS-5X
  • Full bust pieces included
  • Blouse & Dress views
  • Curved hem on both dress and top.
  • Nine sleeve options:
    • Sleeveless
    • Cap
    • Short
    • Flutter
    • 3/4 length with cuff
    • 3/4 length with a flare
    • 3/4 length bishop
    • Trumpet
    • Full-length bishop

The Fabric

This pattern is recommended for lightweight and drapey woven fabrics such as crepe, rayon challis, voile, cotton lawn, peachskin, 100% rayon gauze, silk and chiffon. I used a metre dobby viscose fabric I purchased from Felicity fabrics last year. I had wanted to try the bishop sleeve option, unfortunately, I could not squeeze it out of a metre of fabric. However, I am glad I had enough fabric for one of the options.

The Making

I sewed up the blouse version in size XS and I went with the cap sleeves option. I can say that this pattern is not for a complete beginner but worth a try for a confident one.

The making entails sewing gathers at the front bodice that are seamed into a lined yoke which runs to the back. And this back yoke connects to a back piece. A buritto method is used to conceal the yoke seams, however, a video tutorial for this is included with the pattern.

Skills required

  • How to make and sew up with bias tape binding. I found a bias tape maker to come in handy for this and I can’t recommend it enough.
  • How to sew french seams. French seams add such a nice finish to garment seams, especially on very lightweight fabrics. It requires one to get confident with sewing with a very small seam allowance.

Finished Garment

I love my Rhapsody blouse so much and I am sure it will get loads of wear out of it this summer. That’s if the British weather grants us the summer we desire. Thank you for stopping by.

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