This month’s Cashmerette Club pattern is the Alton Blouse, an curve-friendly woven top with striking sleeves and a sweet keyhole neckline. We know how helpful it can be to see a new pattern on different bodies, so here are 7 makers from our community to show you their take on the Alton!
Boho is in full bloom with the Alton Blouse! The Alton features pleated sleeves with elastic cuffs or straight long sleeves and a faced keyhole neckline that can be worn open or tied. Sew yours up in a silk or voile for an ethereal blouse you’ll love to wear, or mix and match the Alton with the Montrose Top‘s necklines, yoke, and sleeves for even more options! This pattern comes in sizes 0-32, cup sizes C – H and is available exclusively to Cashmerette Club members.
Alright, let’s see those beautiful Alton Blouses (and one lovely Alton Dress!).
Ilah’s Alton Blouse
Ilah used a lovely lavender lace for her Alton Blouse. The pleated sleeves of the Alton together with the jewel neck of the Montrose play up the romantic look of this top—gorgeous!
Ilah made a size 8 C/D and her measurements are 35″ high bust, 36″ full bust, 30″ waist, and 40″ hip.
Here’s what Ilah shared about her Alton:
“I fell in love with the sleeves and the beautiful pleating detail. To my surprise it was very easy to make. I can’t wait to make different variations of this top.”
See more of Ilah’s makes on Instagram at @cocomayboutique.
Marcia’s Alton Blouse
For her Alton, Marcia went for an loose-fitting cropped top using a size 16 C/D. She shortened the bodice and added a pleated detail to mirror the pleats on the sleeves. Her measurements are 37″ high bust, 38″ full bust, 34.5″ waist, and 46.5″ hip.
Here’s what Marcia told us about her Alton:
“This is an easy piece to put together. Love the pleated detail.”
See more of Marcia’s unique handmade looks on Instagram at @keechiibstyle.
Flavia’s Alton Blouse
Flavia used a lightweight embroidered cotton voile for her Alton. She made a size 16 C/D and her measurements are 41″ high bust, 43″ full bust, 37″ waist, and 49″ hip.
Here’s what Flavia had to say about her Alton:
“The Alton is a very quick and enjoyable make. Combined with the Montrose pattern, the options are endless. You can make a very casual top or something fancy depending on fabric choice. It’s also so very “hackable” and I already have a dress planned using the keyhole front piece. It’s that easy garment that can go from running errands to a nice dinner.”
Flavia also hacked the Alton into a dress using a crinkle linen—adorable!!
Here are the adjustments she made to create this look:
- She graded the shoulders to bust and waist from 16 to 18 (C/D cup) for a more relaxed fit
- She cut the bodice following the waistline notch
- She used this bishop sleeve tutorial to add volume to the sleeves
- She added the pockets from the Upton Dress
- She made the skirt out of two rectangles using the full width of her fabric
You can follow Flavia on Instagram at @flav_made_this.
Sharon’s Alton Blouse
Sharon used a gingham cotton shirting for her Alton and added rows of decorative stitching in yellow to make the sleeve pleats. She made a size 10 G/H, grading to a 12 in the waist and hips. Her measurements are 34.5″ high bust, 40.5″ full bust, 33″ waist, and 40″ hip.
Here’s what Sharon shared about her Alton:
“I do like a statement sleeve and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s unique without overpowering the top. Overall, this was an easy sew. The most time consuming part is the keyhole opening and bias tie. Unless you choose to add decorative stitches to your sleeve pleats like I did 🙂 I will say it’s important to accurately mark your pleat and stitch lines on the sleeves so everything lines up properly.”
You can follow Sharon over on Instagram at @TheSharonSews.
Kamali’s Alton Blouse
Kamali used a sweet striped double gauze for her Alton for a lovely springtime vibe. She made a size 16 E/F graded to an 18 in the waist and her measurements are 41″ high bust, 44″ full bust, 39″ waist, and 51″ hip.
Here’s what Kamali shared with us about her Alton:
“This pattern is an easy sew and I love the keyhole neckline. The instructions were clear and easy to understand.”
See more of Kamali’s makes over on Instagram at @kamali.obiagu.
Caroline’s Alton Blouse
Caroline used a lightweight bleached linen to make her Alton, and it would make the perfect top to pack for a beach vacation. She made a size 16 E/F and her measurements are 41″ high bust, 45″ full bust, 38″ waist, and 45″ hip.
Caroline shared this with us about her Alton:
“I really like how easy to follow are the instructions, love the clean illustration and the fact that this shirt fits perfectly with no modifications. This Alton is the perfect casual chic top. I love the pleated sleeves.”
See what Caroline is up to over on Instagram at @caroline.jg.
Jenny’s Alton Blouse
We can always count on Jenny to pick a fabulous print, and this one features cows! She used the Alton’s keyhole neckline and the Montrose’s gathered back.
Jenny made a size 22 E/F graded to a 28 in the waist, and her measurements are 45″ high bust, 51″ full bust, 48″ waist, and 61″ hip.
Jenny shared this about her Alton:
“Holy COW—see what I did there?!—this is a cute-as-pie keyhole feature that’s an easy sew. I used to dread bias tape but it’s so worth it for the effect. I have two more on the cutting table already!”
See what Jenny’s sewing up over on Instagram at @johassler.
We can’t to see what YOU do with the new Alton Blouse! Be sure to tag your makes with #AltonBlouse and #CashmeretteClub so that we can applaud your new tees!
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(If you’re joining after May 2022, you’ll need to sign up for the All Access tier to get the Alton Blouse.)