This is truly one of those patterns that can be made in a multitude of fabrics to accommodate a variety of events and climates. You can wear it with a cardigan, by itself with a pair of cropped pants, or imagine one out of silk tucked into a pouffy circle skirt….the possibilities are truly endless.
All you need is one hour, one yard of fabric, and one great outfit is within your reach!
- 1 yard fabric
- 18-25″ double fold bias tape
- 1 – 4″ zipper
- 1 – 7″ zipper
**** Please note that the length of this blouse should be based off of your own measurements. Use this pattern as a guide while drafting your own blouse.***
1. Start by sewing the shoulder pieces to the bodice piece of the front and the back.
**I have already snipped the back bodice piece in anticipation of the zipper. (See pattern)
2. Place the two bodice pieces on either your dress form or yourself to pin the darts.
3. Stitch the darts and trim off excess fabric.
4. Go ahead and insert the 4″ zipper on the back bodice right below the neckline.
Stitch a portion of the side seam on the side you wish to have the longer zipper. Make sure to leave 8″ to accommodate the zipper and a hem. Insert the 7″ zipper.
5. Stitch the other side seam and the shoulder seams.
6. Make a hem on the bottom of the blouse and stitch. Hem the armholes.
7. Run a gathering stitch along the neckline of the front piece. Gather gently.
8. Measure out enough bias tape for you neck along with 1/2″ to tuck under at the edges. Pin to neckline gathering up the front of the bodice as needed. Stitch making sure to catch the edges of the zipper tape in the bias tape for a clean look.
And that is all you need to have a wonderful top to take on vacation, wear in the backyard or out shopping!