A feminine and fluid blouse that also works beautifully as a dress.
Options are given for a tiered or simple flared body and round or V–neck.
For dress variations see 'Make more with this pattern' below.
All shirting-weight fabrics; cotton, linen, silk or viscose
Also required 4-5 small buttons and matching thread
I had some wool/viscose that I wanted to try for this blouse pattern – I’m very happy with it but I did make life a little difficult as it would have been easier in a fabric that would hold pressed creases for hems etc. However, I thought the drape of the fabric lent itself well to the sleeves which hang beautifully. Also the fabric was fine so at the last minute I decided to add the ruffle to the neck as described in the ‘make more of your pattern’ page on the website. I thoroughly enjoy making it and intend to make it in fine linen next time.
Top Tip: when pressing the seam allowance between the bottom sleeve to the upper sleeve, be gentle with the iron as it would be easy to spoil the gathers.
I’ve made this pattern a total of three times! It’s a lovely pattern and very easy to embellish and adjust. For the longer version I lengthened the bell sleeve join to align with the join around the bodice. I also added volume to the sleeve head in the broderie anglaise version by slashing the pattern, opening out then redrawing on dot and cross drafting paper. I particularly love the silk satin blue dotted version I made with ribbon detailing. I’ve sent this to Australia for my niece so I’ll just have to make it again for myself!
Jayne, Gloucestershire, UK
I used the tiered blouse pattern and modified it to make a maternity dress for my daughter. I raised the bottom edge of the bodice at the centre front by 4.5 cm, and raised the gathered panel 4.5 cm as well, to curve up over the baby bump. I also lowered the bottom edge of the back bodice at the centre back by 4.5 cm, (and lowered the gathered panel to match)
curving the lines between centre front and back to meet.
I’ve never put in a sleeve this way before (sewing it in before doing the side seams) and much prefer it to setting in sleeves. Plus the shoulder is very well drafted and fits perfectly.
I did find the instructions a bit sparse and slightly unclear around the neckline/button placket instructions, but got there in the end.
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