Christine-Camas-20 Let me introduce to you our newest model - my Mom! I can't believe that this is my Mom's first time modelling for Thread Theory!  My Dad is such an old hand at modelling now that we can whip off a photo shoot with him in mere minutes.  He casually cycles through a variety of poses without prompting as Matt snaps the shutter - just like a professional model!  Now, with our first women's pattern up on our site, it's my Mom's time to shine! Christine-Camas-10 I recently sewed a nautical themed Camas Blouse for her in a lovely soft stretch cotton from Blackbird Fabrics.  The tiny anchor motif is very subtle and so the blouse has a professional pin stripe and polka dot appearance from a distance.  I completed the anchor theme by using gold and navy shank buttons decked out with small anchors. Christine-Camas-5 Since stretch cotton does not have the weight and drape best suited to this pattern, I decided to replace all the gathers with a series of pleats.  By ironing these pleats flat, I hoped they would encourage the fabric to sit smoothly against the body.  While I like how the two small front pleats worked out, I wish I had done an inverted box pleat for the back of the blouse.  Even with the help of ironing (which a trip to the marina completely eradicated!), my mom finds the back pleats billow a little too much so I think this blouse would look best tucked into trousers or a pencil skirt. Christine-Camas-18 I keep suggesting to my mom that the blouse would look really cute with a thin belt circled around the waist - maybe a skinny red belt for a pop of color?  As it is though (un-tucked and untamed), it makes a lovely semi-dressy top that pairs well with my mom's blazers and cardigans for work.  I like how she wears it with the navy blue tank top underneath for modesty (the white cotton is a touch transparent). Christine-Camas-8 Have you considered sewing the Camas in a woven fabric?  I've been spotting quite a few woven versions, many with no spandex content at all, popping up on Instagram and blogs.  Here are a few to inspire you! [gallery type="square" ids="5422,5423,5424"]

Sources: 1. El ropero de mi tia 2. Neues vom Sonnenfels 3. New Model Lamé

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solskin51 said:

This Thread Theory mom is very grateful to have received this beautiful camas blouse. Thanks Morgan!

Carolyn said:

Morgan, it’s so nice to “meet” your Mom! I’ve obviously never met you or your Mom in person, but she seems to be just as cheerful and delightful as you. :) It’s great to see the Camas in different woven fabrics, as I think it gives it a completely new look. Looking forward to seeing more of your women’s patterns as they come out.

ThreadTheory said:

Congrats on your new machine! How exciting! I hope it has all sorts of great stretch stitches :).

Thimberlina said:

Hi Mum! Aw, I like getting my mum on my blog too. I feel like I know your dad seeing him so much!
I’ve just bought a new machine today so with your fab tutorial and my new best friend I might just try to make one of these!

Elena @ Randomly Happy said:

How great to see a woven camas! I’ve got the pattern and was hoping to sew it up in a dreamy light woven.

Any tips for using the pattern with woven instead of knit? Do you recommend sticking with the same size, or going up a size or two?

Cheers! Can’t wait to get stuck into this.

ThreadTheory said:

Thanks Meg! I look forward to seeing your pleated version!

ThreadTheory said:

No problem Mom! I’m sure more garments will be coming your way in the future :).

Katherine said:

I love that you model your designs on different aged “models”! This looks to be a very versatile pattern.

MadebyMeg said:

That’s funny, I did that same back pleat, too. Maybe I’ll try an inverted pleat next. Your mom’s blouse is very cute!

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ThreadTheory said:

Hi Elena, Your Camas plans sound great! I would recommend cutting the same size your body measurements require but when you sew the sleeve and side seams, experiment with sewing them at 1/4"-1/2" to give you a little more room in the underarm area. With a lightweight woven I recommend adding some sort of seam tape to the hem to help weigh it down so that the gathers (or pleats) fall nicely. Best of luck with your blouse!

Elena (@randomly_happy) said:

What perfect timing! I’ve just bought the Camas blouse and am super keen to try it in woven.

Did you cut a size bigger to accommodate the woven fabric, or is there enough ease? Cheers!

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