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A viscose challis Galicia blouse

-a pattern by Itch to Stitch-

by Elsa

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My first Galicia blouse is already one-year old! I used some poplin scrap and added huge square vintage buttons.

This time, I cut some Minerva viscose challis and I added homemade buttons.

Main features of the Galicia pattern

I won’t tell much about the pattern’s features since you can read about them here.

However, here are what attracted me to this pattern and made me want to sew it again:

  • (optional) fisheye darts on the front and back
  • back button placket
  • Gathers around the neckline and top of raglan sleeves

Using viscose for my Galicia: tips and tricks

I’m rather new to viscose.

I’ve been afraid of it for some times because of its  shifty tendency.

Here are some tips I constantly use for getting over your fear of flowy lightweight fabrics:

  • Pre-wash it gently with serged edges (to prevent fraying)
  • Startch it if you want
  • Use a rotary cutter for cutting your pieces.
  • Minimize the use of pins.

I cut a size 8 bust and hips and a size 6 waist. I chose to sew both sets of darts for the slimming effect they have.

I may have lost some weight sicne last year, but I noticed that the fabric being lighter than poplin made the blouse a bit too large on me.

However, viscose challis is really comforatble to wear and I love the splashes of colors it has.

Said splashes made choosing buttons a nightmare!

 

Finding 9 22-mm buttons in my stash was a lost cause. BUT…I had some cover buttons*.

Using this little thingy* made covering the buttons easy.

I covered 6 22-mm and 2 18-mm in no time. Afterwards, I prefer having smaller buttons on the wrists.

A posteriori

Viscose challis wasn’t the right fabric for Galicia. If it was great for my Stan shirt, it wasn’t for the Galicia blouse.

I could have sized down, but it wouldn’t have changed the fact that the weight of the huge buttons pull the fabric down, especially at the back neckline.

Well, we live and learn and I’m eager to play again with viscose challis. All of Minerva’s new designs* are amazing.

Don’t you think that my brand new Billie jacket was especially made to pair with this Galicia?!?

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