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Joyful Dressing for Home by Rachel

I for one, never thought with the job I do (nurse practitioner) that I would be working from home but this last year has provided many unique challenges to our working lives!
Still, as a health professional, sweats and comfies just won’t cut it and I still need to look put together for my patients and colleagues when working online. The beauty of working virtually though is from the waist down no-one can see what you’re wearing so a smart blouse to wear with my jeans is the perfect answer.
For this project for the Lamazi Fabrics' blog I have had the Sew Over It Anderson Blouse on my mind for some time, I’ve made this blouse before a number of years ago and always loved the style and it was time to revisit it. The loose, flowy style of this pattern is perfect for work wear but equally allows you to look put together paired with jeans.
Lamazi have some fantastic options for this blouse, you want something with plenty of drape to really highlight the beautiful gathers from the shoulders and working virtually allows you to go a bit bolder with design and colour choices.
It was difficult to choose a fabric from Lamazi’s extensive collection, some of these options would be perfect for this pattern:
Animal Print Blue Viscose Fabric 

Art Gallery Fabrics - Burgeon Autumnal in Rayon from Kismet

Gardenia Gold Viscose Fabric

In the end I settled on the Josephine Viscose Crepe in this beautiful shade of red, this really is an absolutely stunning fabric and don’t be put off the fluidity of drapey fabrics such as these, Lamazi’s fabrics are such high quality that they are very easy to handle and work with.
Always make sure you prewash your fabrics, viscose can have a tendency to shrink slightly, Josephine washed well and was easy to sew into this beautiful blouse, I think it took me around 2 hours to put this together, I used some red buttons from my stash for the sleeve cuffs and some red grosgrain ribbon for the waist casing I picked up from my local haberdashery but you could easily insert elastic instead.
I’m really delighted with how this blouse turned out, I absolutely love the fact I can dress this up for work appropriate attire or wear more casually with jeans but still feel well dressed. I don’t think this will be my last Anderson Blouse, I have some stunning Art Gallery Rayon I bought from Lamazi Fabrics a couple of months ago that I’m already eyeing up for my next one.

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