If you have been following me for a while you will know how much I love mustard! It is one of my favourite Autumn / Winter colours and I feel like it works well on me as I have more olive skin & darker hair.
When the Katia Fabrics team reached out to see if I would like to choose some fabric from their new fabric collection I was instantly drawn to this mustard cotton. It is a bit of a hard colour to show in photos as it looks super bright online and although it definitely makes a statement IRL, it is not quite as yellow toned.
They also asked me if I wanted to pick a pattern. I was initially drawn to the Pleat Dress but unfortunately that was not in stock so I decided to go for the Pleat Neck Blouse instead. I was really intrigued by the pleat at the front on the top & thought it would work well in the mustard fabric.
This top was such a quick sew! I think from tracing to finish it was a couple of hours max. The instructions are very simple but there wasn’t anything too tricky – it is a pretty basic pattern. I made the smallest size and it fits me really well. This would actually be a great top as a maternity pattern as the extra fabric created by the pleat would easily fit over a growing belly.
The only change I made to the pattern was to add these gorgeous ruffle panels into the end of the sleeves. They were a bit of an awkward length before and I thought the ruffles added something a little bit extra (totally inspired by the Myosotis Dress!)
The pleat at the font of this blouse was something I had not seen before, but I think it gives it such a beautiful neckline. It comes together really easily and is finished off neatly with facing pieces.
I couldn’t resist pairing this top with my new mustard dangle earrings I picked up from Kmart during the week. You can never have too much mustard.
I’d love to try this top again out of a drapier fabric as I think it would work beautifully with the pleated neckline.
**I was lucky enough to have this fabric and pattern sent to me by Katia Fabrics, however all views are my own.