Michelle Blouse from Schnittchen

Michelle Blouse

I’ve had the Michelle Blouse from Schnittchen printed out for ages, but now that NZ is in lockdown and it’s not possible to print anything, I was finally spurred me on to testing it out (also because I hate buttonholes but love shirts)!

The Schnittchen plus-size patterns up to EU 56 or 53.54″ (136cm) bust and 55.91″ (142cm) hip. The shirt has a wide, swingy cut and a small collar, there is a yoke and a box-pleat in the center back.

Michelle Blouse

It can be sewn up either sleeveless or with sleeves, but rather unusually the sleeveless version is exactly the same as the sleeved version but with bias tape around the armscye.

The pattern doesn’t list finished measurements, and although this arm hole looks very generous, there was no way the sleeve would fit my arm in there, so sleeveless version it is.

michelle Blouse

Size details: I cut out the straight size 56 (the largest side), and it’s too big across the shoulders, but there’s not enough cross over at the front for me to be certain that I wouldn’t flash a lot of people if worn outside of the house, and the shirt is much longer on me than it is on the model. I’d also need to do a very substantial full-bicep adjustment if I wanted to make the version with sleeves!

Would I make this pattern again?

Maybe.. The instructions were quite inscrutable and although the instruction sheet talked about instructions with pictures on the website, I wasn’t able to find any to use. I did quite a bit of head-scratching but I’m still not sure that I sewed things up in the correct order.

I love the aesthetic of the patterns, but I think it would likely be much quicker for me to start with a pattern that fits and adjust to recreate this look rather than spending the time to make the necessary adjustments at the shoulders, hips and the arms too.

Rose Dress from Schnittchen

Schnittchen Rose Dress Linen

This Rose Dress from Schnittchen is the first dress I ever made!

I had signed up for night-school sewing classes not far from my house and since I had read the Curvy Sewing Collective for years before I knew it would be tough to find patterns in my size.

So, like always, I’d done a lot of research before turning up for the first class and had settled on this dress which I decided would be very straightforward. I planned on sewing three of them, starting with this fabric (which excited me the least) and finishing up with a lovely white linen with blue checks (which ultimately didn’t become a Rose dress).


Schnittchen Rose Dress Linen 2

My one big regret from this make is that I had neglected to include the patch pockets (out of pure laziness), and I really wish that there was nothing in my wardrobe without pockets.

Size Details: I sewed a size 56 (the largest size), and am wearing it here with a 47″bust and 55″ hips.