Easy Batwing Blouse DIY Sewing Project

7 materials
1 Hour

Today, I will be making a beautiful, flowy batwing-style top with a necktie. Follow my instructions to create your own DIY batwing blouse. This is a great project for beginners because the construction is very simple, but the final results look very professional.

Tools and materials:

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Elastic band
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine
batwing blouse, Fold the fabric
Fold the fabric


The measurements of the fabric you will need are 60 inches by 27 inches. To begin, I folded my fabric in half twice--once lengthwise and once widthwise.

batwing blouse, Make a batwing blouse
Make a batwing blouse

Measure and cut

I measured 3½ inches in an arc from the corner of the folded fabric, and then cut it out to create a neck opening.

batwing blouse, Cut the corners
Cut the corners

In the corner diagonally opposite the neckline, I measured 5 inches along one edge, and 7 inches along the perpendicular edge, and then cut an arc between those two points. 

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Batwing blouse tutorial

Cut to size

When I unfolded the fabric, I realized the waistline was too wide. So I measured my waist to figure out how wide I wanted the waistline to be. Then I refolded the fabric and cut a new arch between the arm and the waist with the new measurement.

batwing blouse, How to make a batwing blouse
How to make a batwing blouse


I unfolded the fabric once, and pinned the curved edges together, right sides facing.

batwing blouse, Cut fabric for the necktie
Cut fabric for the necktie


Cut a strip of fabric measuring 60 by 9 inches for the necktie.

batwing blouse, Fold and pin
Fold and pin

Fold and pin

I folded the fabric in half, right sides facing, and pinned down the open edges, leaving one short side open.

batwing blouse, Sew a batwing blouse
Sew a batwing blouse


Next, I sewed down the curved edges of the top.

batwing blouse, Measure the elastic band
Measure the elastic band

Measure and cut

I wrapped an elastic band around my wrist to measure how much elastic I will need for the ends of the sleeves, and cut two pieces.

batwing blouse, Sew the sleeves
Sew the sleeves

Fold and sew

I created a fold around the armhole wide enough to pull the elastic through. I sewed it down, leaving a 2-inch wide gap in the stitching.

batwing blouse, Insert the elastic
Insert the elastic

Insert the elastic

I attached a safety pin to one end of the elastic band and inserted it into the gap I left in the stitching around the sleeve. I guided the pin through the tunnel of fabric, pulling the elastic with it until it came back through the opening. Then I stitched the ends of the elastic band together and closed up the gap.

batwing blouse, Hem the bottom
Hem the bottom

Hem the bottom

To hem the bottom of the shirt, I folded the bottom edge of the shirt twice inwards and sewed it down.

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How to sew a batwing blouse

Sew the necktie

Next, I sewed down the pinned edges of the necktie, making sure to leave an opening on one end of the strip. Then I turned the fabric right side out and sewed the open end closed.

batwing blouse, Attach the necktie
Attach the necktie


I pinned the necktie around the neckline of the shirt, right sides facing, leaving approximately 4 inches of exposed neckline in the front of the shirt.

batwing blouse, Sew the necktie in place
Sew the necktie in place


Then I sewed the necktie in place.

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Easy batwing blouse

And this is the final result! It’s chic, it’s feminine, and I absolutely adore it. 

I hope you enjoyed creating this blouse. Let me know what you think of this DIY. 

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
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