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I ran across this interesting design when surfing Pinterest, and although I don’t know where it comes from, I thought it would be nice to make my own version of it. It is always a good idea to have a piece of clothing made with your own choice of fabric, right?
It is a spinoff from basic blouse, with the addition of a tie waist band. You can tie it to the front just like the model does, or tie it to the back. I prefer tying to the front, because it will help cover my post partum belly. I would also choose a different color, or print to suit me better – I am no good with light colors like beige 🙂
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a maxi skirt from this pattern.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Some ¾ inch elastic
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for woven fabric. You can use cotton for a breathable summer.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 1 pc on the fold
- Back: cut 1 pc on the fold
- Sleeve: cut 2 pcs
- Waist tie: cut 4 pcs
- Neckline bias binding: 1 pc
- Keyhole bias binding: 1 pc
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge the fabric to prevent the sides from unraveling.
2. Place 2 pieces of the waist tie right side facing. Sew along the edges leaving the part that will be attached to the waist (the shorter straight side). Clip the curve and turn it around. Give it a good ironing. Repeat with the other pair of waist tie pieces. You now get 2 waist ties.
3. Place Front and Back piece right side facing. Place the waist tie in between 2 layers, matching the notches. Note that the pointy end of the waist tie is pointed IN between the two layers (it will not be visible when you sew). Pin and sew shoulder and side seams.
4. Sew the side seam of the sleeve. Fold the hemline of the sleeve in, sew at 1 inch from the hemline, leaving 2 inches open to insert elastic.
5. Insert elastic to the casing. The elastic should be long enough to stay on your arm without being stretched. Sew the ends of the elastic. Sew to close the opening.
6. Turn the sleeve inside out. Place the sleeve and the armhole right side facing. Match all notches. Pin and sew to attach the sleeve to the garment. Do it with both sleeves.
7. Use bias binding to finish the keyhole and the neckline of the blouse.
8. Hem the blouse.
And here is the download link:
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns