My First Zero Waste Pattern: The Iris Blouse

The new sewing pattern from Fibr & Cloth Studio, Iris is here!  It’s an amazing and stylish zero waste pattern that I had the pleasure of pattern testing.


Zero Waste Blouse: The Iris Blouse just launched today and it is my very first time ever making a zero waste pattern.   Even with my years of sewing, I had never encountered a pattern that I didn’t have pattern pieces to either assemble or cut out, and I’m afraid I was quite a noob with the level of questions I asked in my pattern testing group (chuckling to myself!).  The pattern lays out the exact specifications and measurements of each piece in a great picture diagram and I soon got over my nervousness and got to cutting.  This sews up like a dream and everything lines up perfectly.  I couldn’t believe how easy a zero waste pattern could be!  Needless to say I am now sold and fan of the zero waste pattern movement.  I was able to make size C with 1 and 3/4th yards.  I am still shocked that was all the fabric I needed, especially since I got the greatest statement sleeves from this pattern.  Statement sleeves usually eat up quite a bit of fabric, but that’s where the excellent pattern designing comes into play.  This pattern, like all of Fibr & Cloth Studio patterns are amazing on being extremely size inclusive.  This is a huge thing in the sewing community as most pattern makers do not consider anyone over a size 8 measurements.  I think this is an old carryover from the modeling and high fashion industry, but I am so glad to see so many indie pattern companies breaking out of that mode.  The Iris Blouse includes chest measurements from (28 to 66 inches) and hip measurements from (30 to 68 inches).  This literally is a pattern for every single size out there.

FABRIC –  This drapy dreamy polyester rayon crepe/challis fabric is part of my fabric stash from the Downtown LA fashion district. Be prepared to be sick of seeing this fabric in the future as I bought a bolt of it at $2 a yard.  Even more so it’s in my favorite color Indigo (navy) blue.

STYLE – I styled this blouse with my favorite pair of classic gold hoop earrings, mom jeans from Express and blocked sandal heels from Lulu’s.