Crepe fabric, tricky but worth it!

The Madison blouse from Rebecca Page. A PDF sewing pattern. Made with crepe fabric from Southern Belle Fabrics. Stitched by Jennie

I have been wanting to sew up the Rebecca Page, Madison blouse for awhile, and I was finally inspired to do so when I saw this beautiful crepe fabric from Southern Belle Fabrics. The Madison is a very elegant looking blouse, so I knew that I wanted a beautiful fabric to show off the gorgeous detail of the blouse.

The Madison blouse from Rebecca Page. A PDF sewing pattern. Made with crepe fabric from Southern Belle Fabrics. Stitched by Jennie

The Madison blouse from Rebecca Page. A PDF sewing pattern. Made with crepe fabric from Southern Belle Fabrics. Stitched by Jennie

The Madison comes with the following options:

  • collar or tie neck
  • short, puff or long sleeves
  • blouse or dress length
  • serged or finished seams

I chose to make my Madison in the blouse length with the tie at the neck and short sleeves. The instructions are so well written and include options for finishing your seams with a serger or by fully enclosing them. I decided to make the fully enclosed seams for two reasons. First, my serger has been a little temperamental lately, and second I felt like the elegant design of the blouse and the beautiful crepe fabric deserved a prettier seam.

The Madison blouse from Rebecca Page. A PDF sewing pattern. Made with crepe fabric from Southern Belle Fabrics. Stitched by Jennie

The fully enclosed seams were accomplished with two methods, flat felled and princess seams. Both of these methods are very well explained in the pattern, with pictures for each step. The flat felled seams did prove to be the trickiest part for me. The combination of using a crepe fabric (very slippery to sew) and that the flat felled seams were over the gathered parts of the blouse, made this part of the pattern a little more complicated. However, by going slowly and using a ton of clips/pins, I was able to sew the seams.

The Madison blouse from Rebecca Page. A PDF sewing pattern. Made with crepe fabric from Southern Belle Fabrics. Stitched by Jennie

While I have sewn a crepe backed satin fabric before (see my dress here), I don’t think I have ever used crepe fabric before. Crepe is a woven fabric that has some texture to it. The fabric I used has a beautiful drape and I love the rich colors. Currently Southern Belle fabrics has the Georgia Floral Crepe on sale!

    The Madison blouse from Rebecca Page. A PDF sewing pattern. Made with crepe fabric from Southern Belle Fabrics. Stitched by Jennie

Pattern: The Madison in blouse length from Rebecca page patterns. The pattern is also available in girls, dolls and as a bundle.

Recommendations: Crepe can be tricky fabric, go slow and use a lot of pins/clips to make it easier.

Fabric: Georgia Floral Crepe from Southern Belle Fabrics

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