Ginger Made: Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse!

Hi, guys!  I hope your Mondays are off to a great start!  Don’t be too jealous, but I’m having the best kind of Monday– a day off of work!  :)  Before I dive into my patternmaking homework and hopefully some sewing, I wanted to share one of my newest projects with you!

Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse

The lovely and talented Katie of Papercut Patterns asked me to test one of her new patterns, and I jumped at the chance to try out her Meissa Blouse pattern!  I love, love, love buttondowns and wear a basic plaid buttondown to work basically every day, so I was really excited to try out a shirt pattern that’s a little different.  The Meissa Blouse has feminine details like a gathered yoke (in the front and the back), a rounded collar, and a curved hemline.  Fun, right?

Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse

My plan was to make this with peach-colored voile (which existed in my mind), but when I got to Mood NYC, I couldn’t tear myself away from this Theory brushed cotton.  It’s SO soft, like, CRAZY soft, and definitely what you want to wear in cool November weather.  It’s solidly medium-weight, which I knew was pretty risky for this blouse.  It would probably look a lot nicer in a lightweight fabric– the gathers would sit nicely and the whole thing would be really floaty and sweet– but I wanted to push the envelope and see if I could get away with this heavier fabric.  It probably looks a little sloppy, but I like my buttondowns really slouchy anyway, so I can live with it.

Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse

Honestly, I’m a little surprised by how much I enjoy sewing shirts.  They seem difficult and fiddly, but it’s really fun to put them together.  This pattern came together really quickly, despite the fact that I’m really terrible at gathering.  I probably spent more time trying to get the gathers even than I did on any other step in this process (again, this probably would have been easier if I’d used a lighter fabric).

Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse

Love that hemline!

I made a size XS, my size according to the chart, and I didn’t make any alterations.  The shoulders are maybe a little wide, but I get the same thing in my RTW shirts– not sure if I have narrow shoulders or if this is just a style thing.  I might lose a little width through the upper arms and add a little to the lower arms next time– it fits nicely through the forearm/wrist, but because they actually fit, I can’t roll the sleeves up very far, which is my preferred way to wear a buttondown.  I topstitched the shirt with gold thread to give it sort of a denim look.  Actually, that leads me to a question– how should I style this shirt?!  I generally wear jeans to work, but I don’t really like the denim-on-denim look, and I don’t have much else besides jeans to wear this with!

Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse

I think this pattern is super cute and I’m excited to see more versions of it popping up on the blogosphere!   Actually, I really like the whole collection, but the Bellatrix blazer is definitely high on my list for fall/winter sewing!  I’d like to make a longer version to wear over jeans and a cropped version to wear over dresses!  Not to tempt you too much, but there’s a 15% off sale right now, plus free worldwide shipping, PLUS the listed prices are in New Zealand dollars, so the blouse, for example, is about $17 USD.  Not as bad as it looks at first sight.  (NOTE: I’m not paid to shill for Papercut and I don’t get a cut of their sales or anything– I’m just a fan!).

Come to Mama… Is it weird that I want a metallic version just like this?! Love it! [photo stolen fro Papercut Patterns]

Also, I’m SUPER tempted to try the Rigel bomber, too, after seeing Sophie’s version this morning.  How cute is this jacket?!  And how cute is she?!  Answer: the CUTEST.  I’d love to rampage through Sophie’s closet just once!  :)

Adorable! Check out Sophie’s blog, if you’re not already following it! [photo stolen from Cirque du Bebe]

Alright, how about you guys?  Any new patterns you’re excited about?  What’s your favorite of the new Papercut collection?  What’s on your sewing table these days?  My next project is a dress for my neighbor’s granddaughter– it’s been pushed to the back burner for a while, but I really need to knuckle down and make that next!

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131 responses to “Ginger Made: Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse!

  1. oh, love! this would be my first pattern to pick as well. i love new pattern releases by indie designers, because then it means the testers versions come out of hibernation right after, all at the same time! I’m so happy there is an extra size included in the new patterns as well!

  2. That’s gorgeous! I love it lots, the colour is beautiful and the gathers look pretty good to me. Bet it would look great with a moss skirt, some warm tights and those boots too!

  3. de

    Oooh, love the back yoke and gathers. I agree a moss mini would look good with this shirt, or red jeans! I am loving that bomber jacket pattern. Cirque du bebe is an awesome sewingblog, have spent my monday carryng a hot, poorly snuffly RG around…she cries every time I let go of her! xx

  4. maremelade

    whaou, your shirt is so lovely.
    As son as I saw bebe du cirque version I went to papercut website and fell in love with almost all the new patterns. in a “out of control” moment, I ordered all of them except saiph, I don’t really like, and ensis, which I resisted to order.
    I’m really impatient to have them in my mail box and then on my sewing table.

  5. Love your Meissa, great to see it with more casual fabric and styling. This entire collection of patterns is brilliant – Katie really nailed it! I’ve got the Rigel bomber pattern on the way, and I really fancy a Meissa and Seiph tunic soon too.

  6. Lynnie

    Your shirt looks great! I’m on my way to order this cute pattern. I think you could wear this with skinny black jeans!

  7. Oh man that looks amazing on you, the color and the fit!! I especially love the button placements, it just makes it that much more personalized looking! Great job!

  8. This shirt is great on you! I love the new Papercut patterns and already put 3 of them on my Christmas list. My husband is under orders to buy them before Friday :) So the Bellatrix Blazer, Ensis Tee, and Rigel Bomber should be waiting for me on Christmas morning!

  9. Nice! I kinda like your slouchy version better than their floaty one!

  10. very cute! i don’t wear button-downs much. i hate making them and i hate ironing, but yours is super cute. i’d probably wear it open over a camisole with cords and boots.

  11. Amy

    Yay for Mondays off! Hope you are enjoying every bit of it. Shirts and biker boots do you right. I have all kinds of adoration for that blazer pattern–any tuxedo collar gets me–then looked at the price. Even with the exchange rate, eeks!

    • I think my level of what’s OK to pay for a pattern is set way too high, probably because there isn’t a Jo-Ann’s anywhere near here, so even BMV patterns aren’t that cheap by the time you pay to have them shipped (no $1 patterns around here!). I need to dial back my champagne taste!

  12. That looks so great on you, love the gathers on the back. Thanks for the information on the pricing. There are several I want to purchase. Also, thanks for the link for Sophie’s blog, it looks fabulous. Now to styling. A cute belt? Looking back at your Mood posts, it would look great with your leopard skirt, with your By London blazer or under a luxe sweatshirt.

    • Gosh, I’m so glad you gave me your ideas– they’re all so great! You’re really good at putting together outfits and accessorizing. :) I’m excited to see what you make– I bet you would look darling in the bomber jacket!

  13. Hilarious I purchased thus blouse pattern & the blazer as soon as I saw the release!
    Have you tried wearing the shirt open with a tank or t-shirt underneath? You can also grunge up a pretty dress by wearing a shirt tied at the waist…

  14. Such a cool design, and it looks great in demin! I think it would look great with your Moss skirt, leggings and boots. Or, maybe wear it partly open over a fitted dress! On the topic of gathering, I just made a Mathilde blouse which suggests making three rows of basting stitches to gather. I usually go with two rows but three really made it easy to make the gathers even!

  15. Oooh, a Papercut Pattern. I’ve been hearing a lot about them, and this blouse is really nice! Very practical and you could snazz it up if you made it in a silk.

  16. nice job on the shirt! i’m with you on enjoying the process of shirtmaking. i think it’s because every step you do makes noticeable progress, if you know what i mean. also, i’m a sucker for precision sewing and topstitching! and i’m with everyone else–definitely try wearing it with your moss skirt, or just leggings.

  17. Really nice details on this pattern, it looks great in the fabric you chose as it really shows of the shapes well.

  18. Nice job on the shirt. I haven’t made a button-down yet but I’ll keep this pattern in mind if I ever do. I like that curving hemline! You could definitely wear that shirt with a skirt. That is a really cute bomber jacket. Next on my sewing list (after the Emery and Red Velvet dresses) is a dress from a book of Japanese patterns (Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori, English translation came out last month).

  19. I love love love your shirt. When I first saw all the other patterns made up, not in line drawing form, the Meissa blouse was the next one to grab my attention! That brushed cotton looks really dreamy to wear, and I get what you are saying about there being something satisfying about making fiddly shirts. Oh, and totally didn’t expect to see my big mug here so thanks for the shoutout lovely lady!

  20. I love the new Papercut collection! I’m not a big fan of button downs, I hardly wear them, but I do like making them so I usually end up making shirts for my man but this buttondown actually grabbed my attention, mostly because of the very nice front yokes. Your styling looks pretty neat as is. I think you could even get away with pairing this shirt with black leggings and your boots.

  21. This would look super cute with black skinnies or a print legging and boots! wish I could wear jeans to work!

  22. Great shirt! I have pattern envy. I love the bomber jacket pattern so much! Never used papercut patterns before but very tempted by that jacket!

  23. I love your slouchy style! The fabric is so perfect for those east coast winters you have to endure. The shoulders are my fav, very well sewn. I am going to have to give Papercut a try..

  24. ive never tried any of their patterns but am tempted by both of their new jacket patterns. we will see. you look great! i hope your homework is going well. i have a bunch of catching up to do.

  25. This is great! I love it in this fabric, and like how you’ve styled it with coloured jeans. I would stick with this outfit, or what about leggings? Or black jeans?

    I love the Bellatrix blazer, and LOVE the metallic version! I reminds me of a similar Anthropologie one which I’ve been coveting for a while! I really, really want a gold metallic blazer for Xmas parties!

  26. perfection! howsa bout safety cone orange leggings as a mate?

  27. Baby! That is so cute, love the buttons!!

  28. Your blouse looks really professional – well done! I was excited to see the new Papercut patterns pop up in my reader.

  29. I love this on you! I like the button placement of the shirt. I went on over to the Papercut Pattern site, and bought the Bellatrix pattern. Thanks for suggestion! :) I love blazers. I like that the Bellatrix is fitted and has a shall collar. I will probably make both the regular and cropped version.

  30. Amy

    I got really excited about the new Papercut collection. It’s been fun to see some of the pieces popping up today! Now, if only my baby belly wasn’t really hampering my style these days. ;)

  31. I love, love, love this blouse and it’s the first pattern that jumped out at me from the collection! But the jacket will look amazing on you, as will the bomber…can’t get Sophie’s version out of my head!

  32. This is really cute, it’s amazing how simple details can really make something special. I want one!

  33. This is so adorable! Love the design of the shirt, and the fabric you picked is great! I would style it with colored denim, or dark denim, or a skirt and leggings :) Really really cute! I really need to make a button down shirt!

  34. Lovely job! And I’m excited about the Bellatrix pattern, it’s going to save me from wrestling with a Burda one that I’ve printed off but am not in love with.

  35. Jo

    I actually pattern tested this pattern too but didn’t finish. Mine was too big in the shoulders too, but I think I have narrow shoulders. I gave up because I realised the style didn’t suit me. But it looks great on you! I’m glad you are going to enjoy wearing this, is really practical and cute. The heavier weight fabric looks good to me too :)

  36. Love it! Especially the gathers in the front and back, as well as the button placement. I like the way you’ve styled it here just perfectly.

  37. This is a very pretty shirt! You look totally gorgeous in it. I think you chose a great fabric too. Love it!

  38. Mel

    I haven’t actually managed to sew anything wearable yet but I LOVE this shirt – the gathers are really sweet. I’d wear it with black pants/jeggings and some ballet flats in a bright colour…though it’s probably not ballet flat weather over there is it?

    • No ballet flats for me– I’m a wimp once it’s below 60! But that sounds really cute– thanks for the tip! You’ll be sewing shirts before you know it– it doesn’t take too long!

  39. Ang

    I love all of these patterns. Curses you for adding to my to-do list!

  40. Kat H

    Love this! :-) when i saw your name on the pattern testers list i wondered if you’d chosen to make Meissa, it seemed like your style, and sure enough – it looks fantastic on you! :-)
    How about pairing it with black skinny leg jeans? (could be a good excuse to make up a pair of peter and the wolf pants??!

  41. I just saw this blouse yesterday! I LOVE the double buttons and the gathered yoke… Super cute! ~Laurie

  42. Looking good Ms. Ginger!

  43. Patterns, yes a few honestly! McCall’s 6462, a cute of the shoulder dress, and an older vogue pattern from Vogue from Guy Laroche!! Also I’m embarking on a sewing marathon, 30 garments in a year.

  44. It’s gorgeous!! I love the shaped yoke and the curves in a button down shirt. And the fabric you’ve chosen is soooo perfect, both to show it off, and also for the season!!

  45. Wowsa! Looking cute! I had already starting coverting this blouse, but now, I want it SO badly! I reckon super bright leggings or tucked into a skirt would look cool with this shirt, but the denim-on-denim can be cool… ;-)

  46. Aaahhhhh! I LOVE this! Such lovely pattern details!! And I really like your fabric choice! I’ve been drifting towards the soft fabrics lately too!

  47. The blouse and jacket are also on my wishlist. But you are totally right that is the CUTEST bomber jacket I have ever seen! You would never be able to buy something like that in any store. Love sewing <3.
    Your blouse looks totally awesome. Maybe not as intended, as you used a different fabric weight, but it doesn' tlook weird or anything. It looks like a normal denim shirt. I wish I could feel the fabric through the screen…

  48. Really lovely – the colour is great on you. brushed cotton shirts are the best in cooler weather – the acceptable way to basically wear PJs during the day (although this is perhaps too fine to compare to PJs). I’m off to investigate the new patterns!

  49. So cute. I usually don’t go for shirt patterns but am tempted by this one. Love the gathered yokes and curved hemlines. The fabric you’ve chosen is lovely too.

  50. The pattern IS supercute, but you are supercuter! I am really loving their new patterns!

  51. What a fun design! I particularly like the button placement. I didn’t realize they’d put out new patterns. You could wear it with corduroy pants?

  52. I love this blouse on you and the color is fab!

  53. This is so cute and pratical… Love the casual feeling but I can see it dress up… Great job darling

  54. Love this button-down. Really liking the look of the new bomber too. Need to get a couple of these patterns while they are still on sale!

  55. Jane

    I love this and it will be added to my list. I actually made a jacket similar to the Bellatrix jacket a year or so ago (McCalls fashion star) but the pattern was drafted badly and everytime I wear it it irks me. I’m so keen to make this one as the fit looks so much better. I’m also loving the bomber jacket for our downunder summer.

  56. Lady, this is like the perfect combination of basic buttondown shirt and feminine blouse – if I didn’t live so far away I would be trying to come up with ideas of stealing this, whether it would fit me or not (it totally wouldn’t fit).

    I’ll just have to make one for myself, although (*SOB*) I am horribly poor! Can I wait, and ask for this for christmas? No, I think I need it now.

  57. Ahhhhhh this turned out SO CUTE!! I love the pattern, but you just made me love it more :) To answer your question, I think you should wear it with red ponte pants. Because red and denim blue look great together, and that outfit just sounds amazingly comfortable haha.

  58. This shirt looks adorable! I really like the gathers in the back, especially because it seems like everyone could always use a little more wiggle room back there. And I agree – the new Constellation collection is gorgeous. I want all those patterns! The Ensis tee looks cute – a basic tee you can make in a zillion colors. :)

  59. I love the Blouse! It has such a great relaxed vibe. I like the heavier choice of fabric, it will be great for wearing on colder days :).

    There is something so cute about those rounded yokes. Haha I love how that made me sound like a sewing nerd ;)

    I also think you would rock that Bellatrix blazer!

  60. That shirt is so cute!! Just when I think the menswear shirt for girls can’t get any more cute, they go an add little shoulder yokes. Love it!

  61. Kim

    Wow, supercute! I really like the shoulder details on this blouse. It also looks super comfy and warm.. I really like the bomber, especially Sophie’s version, I’d steal it right away!

  62. I love this shirt=the yoke is so flirty and fem! I find denim on denim really difficult to style for myself too, but those Pinterest pics of people wearing it look awesome. I bet you could pull it off, maybe with a big scarf or perhaps a blazer over the top, plaid or navy? As far as being easy= button downs==are you sure? LOL ;) Great work, as ever.

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