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I am sharing the pattern for a lovely ruffle blouse inspired by an image found on Pinterest. I don’t know the brand, but I love how feminine and simple it is.
My improvised version of this blouse features a round neckline, ruffles at the hem and sleeves, a keyhole opening at the back and a comfortable loose fitting.
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
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for woven fabric. Because it has a lot of gatherings, just make sure you use thin fabric to get a light feel and reduce bulkiness. I suggest pure cotton or linen fabric for a breathable summer days!
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.
For this pattern, you will need to use a sewing machine that has the function to sew stretch fabric (zig zag stitch for example), or use a serger which is designed to sew stretch fabric nicely.
After printing out and taping all the 30 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
- Hem Ruffle Trim: cut 2 pcs on the fold
- Sleeve Ruffle Trim: cut 2 pcs
- Bias neck line binding: cut 1 pc
- Bias keyhole binding: cut 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/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.
2. Pin and sew the bust darts. You can do this first before serging the fabric.
3. Sew two parallel lines using longest stitch length ¼ and ½ inch from the top edge of the Hem Ruffle Trim (the curved edge). Pull the lower threads to gather the fabric. Match the gathered length with the length of the lower edge of the main garment pieces (front and back). Repeat with the Sleeve Ruffle Trim pieces, matching the length of the trim with the lower edge of the Sleeve pieces.
4. Place Hem Ruffle Trim and Front pieces right side facing. Pin and sew to join. Repeat with the Back piece and two Sleeves.
5. Place Front and Back pieces right side facing, matching the notch at the sides. Pin and sew the shoulder and side seams.
6. Fold the Sleeve piece and sew the side seam of the sleeve.
7. Turn the Sleeve inside out. Pin it to the armhole of the main garment, matching notches. Sew to join the Sleeve to the main garment.
8. Use bias binding to secure the back keyhole. Then, use bias binding to finish the neckline. Attach a button or hook as closure for the keyhole.
9. Hem the unfinished edges (sleeve and ruffle trim). And you’re done!
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