Janae notched neckline blouse – Free PDF sewing pattern

Janae notched neckline blouse - Free PDF sewing pattern

The Janae top is a modest design that is suitable for both work and other casual occasions. It comes with a statement front notched neckline, a relaxed fit and short sleeves.

Let’s have a look at the details:

Janae notched neckline blouse - Free PDF sewing pattern
Janae notched neckline blouse - Free PDF sewing pattern

As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.

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.

My patterns are now made in both A4/Letter paper and A0 paper format so you can print at home or at any print shop! I also included a projector file for those who are more tech savvy and have a projector at home!

For home printers, you can print this using your home printer and either A4 or 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. I was informed by a reader that you can also print the pdf as image to get the right scale, however I never tested it on my computer.


You will need:

  • Fabric of your choice. This pattern is intended for WOVEN fabric.
  • Some lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

The amount of fabric needed will vary depending on the width of the fabric of choice. 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.


The pattern pieces are as follows:

All my patterns already include 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance. Just cut the pattern pieces as is and use a 1cm seam allowance when you sew.

The fabric will be cut into following pieces:

– Front: cut 1 piece on the fold

– Back: cut 1 piece on the fold

– Sleeve: cut 2 mirrored pieces

– Front Neck Panel: cut 4 pieces main fabric + 2 pieces fusible interfacing (in mirrored pairs)

– Back Neckline Facing: cut 2 pieces from main fabric + 1 piece from fusible interfacing

– Sleeve Edge Facing: cut 2 pieces

Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your garment.

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats, draw marks 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 edges of fabric to prevent unexpected unravelling.

2. Apply fusible interfacing to the neck panel pieces.

3. Sew the bust darts on Front piece

Video tutorial: https://tianascloset.com/index.php/2023/12/15/how-to-sew-darts/

4. Sew the Main Garment

– Place Front and Back piece right sides facing. Carefully match the shoulder seam and side seams. Pin to secure.

– Sew the shoulder and side seams.

5. Sew Front Neck Panel

– Place the interfaced Front Neck Panel pieces right sides together, matching the center front seam and stitch using a 1cm (3/8”) seam allowance. Backstitch at both ends of stitching line. Press seam allowance to the sides.

– Repeat with the non-interfaced Front Neck Panel pieces.

6. Sew the Neck Panel

– Place interfaced Front Neck Panel and Back Neck Panel right sides together, match the shoulder seams and stitch. Press seam allowance to the sides.

– Repeat with the non-interfaced pair of neck panel pieces.

– Place interfaced and non-interfaced Neck Panel right sides together, matching the neckline and shoulder seam. Stitch along the neckline using a 1cm (3/8”) seam allowance, pivot fabric when you reach a turning point for sharp corners.

– Trim off half of the seam allowance and clip the curves and corners. Understitch the seam allowance to the interfaced side.

– Turn the Neck Panel to right side and press to get a crisp neckline finish. Topstitch two parallel lines along the neckline, the first line spacing about 0.3cm (1/8”) from the edge, the second line is about 0.5cm (1/4”) from the first line (use contrast stitch for decoration).

– Press 1cm (3/8”) seam allowance of the interfaced flap to wrong side of fabric to create a crease for next step.

7. Sew Neck Panel to the Main Garment

– Place the non-interfaced flap of the Neck Panel on the garment so that right sides are facing, match the neckline and pin.

– Stitch to attach the Neck Panel to main garment using 1cm (3/8”) seam allowance. Trim off half of the seam allowance, clip corners and curves, then press seam allowance up toward the Neck Panel.

– Place the interfaced flap of the Neck Panel (with the seam allowance pressed under) so that it covers the raw edges of fabric. Pin or baste to secure position.

– Working from the right side of the garment, topstitch all layers of the Neck Panel, try to stay as close as possible to the joining seam of the main garment and the neck panel. You can use contrast stitch for decoration.

– Topstitch the Neck Panel again at 0.5cm (1/4”) from the previous topstitching line.

8. Sew the Sleeves

– Place Sleeve Edge Facing at the sleeve bottom, right sides together and stitch. Understitch the seam allowance to the Sleeve Edge Facing.

– Fold and press 1cm (3/8”) of the free edge to wrong side of the Sleeve Edge Facing.

– Fold the sides of Sleeve and match the underarm seam, right sides together. Make sure to line up the seam of the sleeve facing. Stitch the underarm seam and press seam allowance to the sides. Fold the Sleeve Edge Facing up to the wrong side of fabric.

– Topstitch two parallel lines along the sleeve bottom, first line is 0.3cm (1/8”) from the edge, second line is 0.5cm (1/4”) from the first line.

9. Set in Sleeves

Video tutorial: https://tianascloset.com/index.php/2023/11/06/how-to-sew-set-in-sleeve/   

10. Finish the garment hem

Turn 2.5cm (1”) of the hem towards the wrong side of the fabric. Press the folded hem in place with an iron to create a crisp edge.

Choose your desired finishing method:

•  Topstitch: Sew a straight stitch along the folded edge of the hem, securing it in place.

•  Slip Stitch: Use a hand sewing needle and matching thread to invisibly stitch the folded hem to the main fabric.

Below are the download links:




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Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns or tag me on Instagram #tianasclosetsewingpatterns, I will be thrilled to see the garment in real life!

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