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Pattern variations and inspiration: Carme Sew-Along

by Pauline Alice
I’m very excited to show you the first videos of the Carme blouse Sew-Along!
Let’s start with some general information: all videos will be available here on the blog as well as on my Youtube channel with the tutorials in 3 languages. You can subscribe to the channel to see all the videos and the updates (and click “Like it” please!).
If you have any question, please ask them in the comment section of the blog below, that way we can all answer each other and profit from the answers.
Remember that here you can buy the Carme blouse pattern.And now, let start the show! I’m going to show you 3 style variations you can make easily to your blouse. Last week I received some comments and mails asking me to show how to make them and I thought it would be a good idea to make a small video for each.And before the variations, you might want to look at the inspiration file I gathered on Pinterest: gathered front for maternity wear, square yoke, plain front piece…
Let’s see if one of these variations  is appealing to you…
Diana sent me a mail asking me how to change the pattern so she would be able to wear the blouse while pregnant. I answered that adding some ease to the front would do the trick but then thought it’s a style design that I’ve seen on a lot of “non-maternity” blouses as well. So adding some gathers to the front piece under the yoke is going to give space for your growing belly or just more ease and flow if you use a supper light fabric for example.
Let’s see how to draw the new pattern piece (I’m using a miniature drawing).

As much as I like the pin tucks and the yoke, the Carme blouse would look great with a plain front. I’ve been asked to show how to draft a single front piece and it’s very easy: tape the front and the yoke together overlapping the seam allowances by 3 cm (1 and 1/4″) and matching the shoulder and front lines.

You might want to change the round yoke (or bib) for a square one. Easy! Just draw the new lines on the yoke (pattern piece 4) and the front (pattern piece 1) with the same angle and measurements. And follow the same instructions: baste the yoke and the front around the edge, clip the seam allowances (in the angles), press them toward the inside and stitch both layers together (see the instructions for more details and illustrations).

I hope you’ll like the videos! If you have any questions, ask below!
Have a great day.


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Mary Carmen D M 3 March, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Paulilne, solo para tu control, creo que el video del canesu cuadrado da error, no se puede visualizar…

Pauline Alice 3 March, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Hola Mary Carmen, ¿donde lo estoy viendo? ¿aquí mismo o en el enlace? Cuando le doy yo lo puedo ver (tarda unos 5 segundos en cargarse).
¿Pasa a algunas otras o lo podéis ver?

Madalynne 3 March, 2014 - 5:49 pm

I've seen so many variations and I love them all!

Pauline Alice 3 March, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Thanks Maddie!

Maria Paz Orihuela 3 March, 2014 - 9:55 pm

Que buena idea lo de los vídeos. Intentaré seguirlos. Gracias


Pauline Alice 3 March, 2014 - 11:15 pm

¡Gracias Maria Paz! Espero verte seguir…

Merche Martinez 3 March, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Me encanta! Tu voz es super-dulce, con ese acento francés tan bonito, ahora veo el resto, pero es que me ha hecho mucha gracia escucharte. Un beso, guapa. Unas ideas muy buenas!

Pauline Alice 3 March, 2014 - 11:20 pm

¡Gracias Merche! Y todas mis excusas si hablo mal (puede ser que digo horrores o hago errores gramáticales fatales, lo siento). Además no soy muy buena locutora, os vais a dar cuenta con los otros videos que hablo más, jeje.
Pero si por lo menos os mi accento os puede hacer sonreir, ¡me parece genial!
Un besito guapa.

Christine 4 March, 2014 - 4:35 am

these little videos are adorable! and it's always fun to pair a voice with the person!

Pauline Alice 4 March, 2014 - 7:19 am

Thanks Christine! A fun fact is a much as I don't mind seeing me (in photo or video), I hate hearing myself. But after these videos, I've come to peace with my voice (but not with the fact that my English kind of suck;)

Diana Elizabeth 5 March, 2014 - 2:40 am

Querida Pauline,
Mil gracias por hacer el vídeo especialmente para mí, Dios te bendiga por siempre, con tu ayuda todo se me hará más fácil, eres muy amable conmigo, espero que estos vídeos vengan bien para más que hayan estado en mi situación. Pauline, realmente tienes una voz agradable que rompes kilómetros de distancia, se nota que lo tuyo es carisma, gracias por todo de nuevo y espero seguir puntualmente el "cose-conmigo" de la blusa carme…
Sólo tengo una pequeña duda, que distancia en centímetros me recomiendas para mover el patrón en la parte de arriba para dar más comodidad en la zona del estómago y en la zona de abajo supongo que será el doble según la perspectiva que he visto…
Espero de tu ayuda,


Pauline Alice 5 March, 2014 - 10:10 am

Hola Diana, gracias a ti por tus palabras tan bonitas. Es que me has dado una super idea, es un estilo muy bonito para la blusa que estes embarazada o no, creo yo 😉
Para los centimetros, lo que haria en coger la talla que te va mejor de pecho, medir tu cintura y añadir lo que sobra para llegar a tu talla deseada. Por ejemplo, si tu contorno de pecho es 95 cm tu contorno de cintura de 110 cm, eliges la talla 42. Sabiendo que las medidas de la cintura de la prenda acaba para la talla 42 son de 106 cm, puedes añadir por ejemplo unos 10 cm arriba para tener suficiente comodidad (sera 20 cm como la tela ira doblada) y unos 15 cm abajo. Lo mejor es hacer una prueba para estar segura que te queda bien y que sea comodo.
Espero que te sea útil y perdón por el largo del comentario, jeje.
Un besito guapa y cuentanos si te va bien!

Nat at Made in Home 5 March, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Such a great tutorial! I am sue i will use it for other projects too!

Pauline Alice 6 March, 2014 - 10:32 am

Thanks Nat!I'm hoping they're useful and that you can use them for lots of similar projects…

Y 8 March, 2014 - 6:15 am

Hi Pauline, I would love to download the pattern, but the connection to paypal is not working (for me?). Hoped I could print and tape this weekend to be ready ready ready on monday for the SAL. I absolutly adore this design, you have no idea how happy it makes me. Searched for something like this for a looooong time. Thanks for your time.

Pauline Alice 8 March, 2014 - 8:33 am

Hi Y, send me an email to paulineyalice@gmail.com so we can figure out what to do. I'm happy you like the design! I'm looking forward to your mail…

Y 8 March, 2014 - 11:55 am

Hi again, send in the mail. Thanks so much.

Pauline Alice 8 March, 2014 - 1:06 pm

I haven't received your mail yet, sorry. But I checked Paypal and I don't see any problem. Try ordering again, maybe it was an internet connexion problem. Let me know if you still have trouble.


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