*This is the print-at-home version in Arch E, A4
& letter sizes; A0 copyshop version coming soon!
If you need the classic paper pattern, click here.*
Need a show-stopping piece with some chic, modern
glamour? Choose this gorgeous pattern, designed for
medium to lightweight drape-y wovens like crepe,
charmeuse, panne velvet, crepe-de-chine, or rayon challis.
These will also work beautifully in drape-y knits with
little to no stretch, like linen, lightweight wool or silk(y)
jersey, matte crepe jersey or lightweight double knits.
Unlined, semi-fitted, wrap-over style has dress, tunic
& blouse length options, with Princess seams and a
gently flared A-line skirt...we’ve added an optional
underwrap for gape-free wearing. Bodice features a
disconnected Mandarin collar; waist closes with a
skinny fabric tie. Long slim sleeves have an overarm
seam and flare gently at the wrist; optional (but
highly recommended!) contrast piping or binding
gives a sharp, tailored finish and weights the hems.
These beauties are the answer to all your dress-up
dilemmas...wear the dress as-is, or wear it open
over pants and a simple top as a cool duster; team
the tunic over slim or loose pants for a fabulously
cool pants suit; or try the blouse with a matching
slim midi-length skirt for an elegant 2-piece dress.
Sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16 will need 4 yards or 366 cm
for the dress, 3 ½ yards or 320 cm for the
tunic and 3 yards or 274 cm for the blouse...
add around 6 yards or 550 cm piping or binding.
Sizes18-20-22-24-26 will need around 5 ½ yards
or 503 cm for the dress, 4 yards or 366 cm for the
tunic and 3 ½ yards or 320 cm for the blouse...add
around 7 yards or 640 cm piping or binding.
If you want to use the facings you’ll need around
½ yard or 45cm of interfacing.
All fabric allowances are for 60” or 150cm wide fabrics.
Fashion! While I love the look of the slouchy/boxy style tops that are currently in vogue I find they are not flattering to a short woman with a large chest, wide shoulders and a short waist. The Phoenix blouse was a welcome offering among the current Hot Patterns.
I made a size 16 blouse without piping in a rayon challis and the only adjustment I made was to shorten the sleeves prior to cutting. The blouse is a perfect fit, with very little alterations required. My husband loves it too and I have plans to make several more.
I've given 4 stars as there was little guidance regarding measuring & cutting the ties, I made mine quite long & originally tried wrapping around the waist. This compromised the fit when wearing & I ended up cutting the ties shorter to look like the picture on the pattern. Also, the neckline needed a bit of help to stay shut so I used a method from another HP pattern to make a closure inside the blouse to avoid the dreaded safety pin. This could have been included in the pattern too.
Overall, a great make and I'm planning to make a dress soon.