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LA Finch Prints: The Roho Blouse and the Magnolia Dress

Hi everyone! I hope all is well with you. I am so excited to bring my two recent makes to you. I must say that the fabrics truly made both creations stand out. I love when my patterns and fabric choices match each other to a “T” and in this case, the fabrics and patterns complimented themselves perfectly. Let’s get into these fabrics.

Fabric Used

For the my projects, I used two fabrics from LA Finch. The first is a beautiful Fashion Navy Naomi Stitched Look Floral Rayon Challis. It is 54″ wide, no stretch, and slightly transparent. It is lightweight and very drapey.

I also used a Seville Abstract Blousewear Woven. This a lightweight flowy georgette fabric. It is 57″ wide, has great drape, and very transparent.

Pattern Used/Size Cut

For these flowy fabrics, I wanted to use patterns that allowed for the fluidity of the fabric to shine through. I used the Roho Blouse Pattern by Coffee and Thread to create a beautiful floral tunic like blouse. The Roho blouse pattern is loose fitting, which I love, and made for lightweight fabrics with drape. It is beginner friendly, and so easy to sew, as long as you have basic sewing skills, and have an understanding of basic sewing terms. It ranges from size 2-20, I cut a size 8 for myself. As you can see by the photo above, it is a very versatile pattern that can be created to fit your style.

For my next project, I created a dress that I must say is the dress everyone should have in their closet. It is the Deer and Doe Magnolia Dress. This is my second time using this pattern. Last year I created the maxi version, and this year, I decided to create the shorter version.

This is my long version from last year.

The Magnolia dress is a mock-wrap dress. Version A has a plunging neckline, maxi skirt with a slit, and long sleeves. Version B has a regular neckline, short skirt, and butterfly sleeves. It is a French pattern, so the size ranges are European. Size 34-46 (printed) and 34-52 (PDF). I cut a size 38 for myself.

Modifications

For the Roho blouse I lengthed it by adding about 3.5″ and left it loose all around instead of adding elastic to the front hem as the pattern suggested. I absolutely love this pattern, and as you all know me to do, I made it my way. I wanted the option to wear it as a top with jeans or a tunic over leggings, so I hacked it just a little.

For the Magnolia dress, I created view B and added the sleeves from view A. I also shortened it by taking away about 3.5″ so that it would accommodate my 5’3″ frame better.

Final Thoughts

I absolutely love both patterns, and the gorgeous fabrics from LA Finch made my creations even more beautiful. I can wear both pieces throughout the year, and that makes me a happy lady. I must let you all know that the Roho blouse has a 3/8 of an inch seam allowance, which I did not like. Mainly because it left very little seam for me to finish the way that I like. Other than that, I am a lover of the Roho Blouse. I will definitely be creating it over and over again.

I absolutely love the Magnolia dress, as you can tell. I made it more than once. I of course have to often take off lengths off of patterns because most patterns are made for 5’7″ frames. I usually prepare to do that with patterns, so having to do that with the Magnolia dress was not an issue at all. I love the versatility of the pattern. You can switch up the bodices, skirts, and sleeves, which mean lots of dresses for your wardrobe. I already plan to make more for spring and summer.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, I truly appreciate it. I hope that this blog was informative and that you learned something that will help you in your next sewing project. Comment below and let me know your thoughts or questions. Also, please make sure to subscribe to my blog.

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