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Getting my sewjo back with Cynthia blouse from La Maison Victor

Cynthia blouse – pattern from La Maison Victor 

Victor and LIESL

As one of the Dutch BERNINA’s bloggers, I was asked to make a pattern from every edition of La Maison Victor in the coming year. I didn’t have to think about it for long, especially when I learned I could also make it in the fabric of La Maison Victor.

So I said wholeheartedly YES!

Not only you’ll find blog posts from me here on the BERNINA site, but also in the creative community of La Maison Victor. To view the posts you simply create an account. After that, you too can post your makes there.

Cynthia pattern

I kick off the year with this nice blouse called Cynthia. You can find the Cynthia blouse and the pattern in the Jan / Feb edition of 2021. Making this blouse was classified easy. That’s great, especially if you want to regain your sewjo after the holidays. Cynthia is lovely basic, which I will probably make more often. Especially as a basic pattern for colour block projects like shared in my previous blog.

Pattern adjustment

For a moment I thought about lengthening the sleeves and adding a cuff. I changed my mind, because my most worn blouse also has three-quarter sleeves and this length is also very suitable for spring… Yes, I know it’s only January, but I can’t wait for the days to lighten up again. In any case, the gorgeous print of the fabric helps a lot.

What I did adjust was the neckline. After I cut out the paper pattern and temporarily taped the front to the back pattern piece, I tried it on in front of the mirror. This way you can easily tell whether the size has been estimated correctly and how the blouse sits on your body. I conclude that the pattern was spacious enough, even where it would sat on the hip. I just thought the neckline was a bit too low at the front. To raised it 2.5 cm: I drew the height of the neckline of size 46 and let it match the already cut out piece. I made sure to keep the shoulder line the same (size 38).

When you do this, the neck opening becomes narrower. I checked if I could still get my head through and luckily I could. Then it is necessary to also adjust the facing. Because of the pleats on the front, it’s important to fold them in first and then check the facing. The shape of the size 38 facing pattern was still good. It only had to be taken a little at the shoulders. This is easy to do …. snip snip.


Like I said, it is an easy to make pattern. The instructions of La Maison Victor are always easy to follow. Still there was a challenge: The pleats at the bottom of the sleeve. I couldn’t see on the pattern sheet which stripes belonged to my size (not even with glasses ;-)). The sleeve consists of a front and a back sleeve. I had to marked the lines for the pleats on the gamble and when I put the pattern pieces on the fabric it seemed to be right.

When I sew the sleeve parts together, it went wrong three times. I eventually decided to leave it that way, because I’m probably the only one who sees it when the garment is finished. (It is nice that I have learned to be sometimes not listen to my inner perfectionist (after three times that is)).


LIESL collection

The Cynthia is a nice addition to my LIESL collection. It totally matches my Robe Manteau / Trenchcoat that I made for Christmas. But also with the biker jacket that I made back in 2017.

So happy with the outcome. Which look is your favourite?

If you are going to make this Cynthia pattern too, share it on social media with the hashtag #cynthialmv. Then we can easily find all Cynthia’s. Fun! I’ll see you there





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  • Carrie Doty EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    what a beautiful blouse you made.  I would love to make one for myself as well. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Christianne Bailey EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Wow! That looks great and I just LOVE that fabric! Thanks for sharing. Groetjes vanuit lockdown Engeland  🙂

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