How to Make a Flattering DIY Blouse From Scratch in 4 Simple Steps

9 Materials
1 Hour

This simple DIY blouse tutorial shows you how to sew a blouse step by step. I’ll show you a quick DIY blouse pattern that just uses 4 panels, so you will be wearing this comfortable, flattering blouse in about an hour or so!

Although you may not have a serger, it does help to finish the fabric in high-stress areas. Let’s get started with how to sew a blouse!

The measurements shown in this tutorial are for size 6-10 USA or 38-42 European. You can modify your fabric to your measurements.

Tools and materials:

  • 2 yards crepe jersey (you’ll have fabric left over)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Ruler/measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional but highly recommended)
  • Safety pin
  • Pencil
How to make the DIY blouse pattern

1. Make the pattern

You’ll need 2 separate pieces of fabric that are 24 X 28 inches or 61 X 70 cm. You’ll need one more piece of fabric that is 24 X 28 inches or 61 X 70 cm when folded.

You’ll have four layers: one folded piece, and two cut pieces. They should all be equal in size and laid so that their right sides are facing each other and directly stacked one on top of the other.

Measuring the DIY blouse pattern

Fold these pieces in half along the 28-inch length so the new measurement is 24 X 14 inches. Pin the fabric in place so that the pieces don’t move.

Making the DIY blouse pattern

On the side that is open without any folds, measure down and mark 2.5 inches (9 cm) from the top down on the 14 inch or shorter side.

Marking the DIY blouse pattern

Then lay the measuring tape across the width and measure 7 inches (18 cm) along the width.

Drafting the DIY blouse pattern

Join the two marks together to form a rectangle.

Drawing a curve on the DIY blouse pattern

Draw a small freehand curve along the corner of the rectangle.

Cutting out the DIY blouse pattern

Cut the curve out.

Joining two layers at the curves

Remove the pins. Unfold the pieces. Congratulations! You have 4 pattern pieces with curved ends on either side. Remove the top layer and set aside.

Join the next two layers together with pins just along on one of the curves. Set aside.

Folding one of the pattern panels in half

You should have one layer left. Fold in half so the curves lie directly on top of each other.

Cutting the center to make a V-neck

Snip 2 inches (5 cm) down the center at the top to create a small V-neck. 

How to sew a blouse step by step

Open the snipped piece flat. Take the other unpinned piece and pin these two pieces together along on one of their matching curves, just like you did before.

Pinning the pinned pieces together

Lay the two pinned pieces on top of each other right sides together. Pin them together just along the curve lines on both sides.

DIY blouse tutorial

Lift up the top layer and match the first pinned curve to the center pinned curve, and the other outer pinned curve to the second pinned curve. Move them into position. You’ll see the blouse coming together!

Pinning the inner sleeve and side seams

2. Sew the blouse

Pin the inner sleeve and the side seams. Sew.

Serging the ends of the neckline

Serge the ends of the neckline. If you don’t have a serger, sew the next steps with a zigzag stitch.

Sewing casing for the drawstring

Fold over the neckline about 2 inches to the wrong side and stitch to create a casing.

Folding over the neckline to make the casing

Fold over the small V-neck and hem, leaving a small space for the casing on either side of the V.

Hemming the bottom of the DIY blouse

Hem the bottom of the DIY blouse. Hem the cuffs.

Making the drawstring for the neck

3. Make the neck drawstring

Cut a piece of fabric that is 55 X 2 inches or 140 X 5 cm. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Start sewing with the first short end and continue down the length.

Sewing the drawstring

Stop in the middle to create a 2-inch space, making sure to backstitch right at the space on either side. Start sewing just past the space, sewing the along the other short end.

Trimming the seam allowance and corner

Once you’re done sewing, trim a bit off of the seam allowance on the short side, and trim the corner.

Turning the drawstring inside out with a pencil

Use a pencil to turn the drawstring inside out. When you reach the space, flip the pencil to the other side and turn the other part of the drawstring inside out. Sew the small space together.

Inserting the drawstring into the V-neck

4. Finish the blouse

Place a safety pin at the end of the drawstring. Insert it through the small space at the V-neck and tunnel it through the casing.

Tying the drawstring into a bow

Once you reach the other side, pull the drawstring through and tie into a bow.

DIY blouse

DIY blouse tutorial

You’ve just made a beautiful DIY blouse! I love this loose, smock-style top as it’s perfect to wear with jeans or a pencil skirt. Let me know in the comments if you made this or share photos of your creations. Thanks for joining.

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Suggested materials:
  • 2 yards crepe jersey (you’ll have fabric left over)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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  • Ang50089275 Ang50089275 on Apr 03, 2022

    that is a great shirt. so, how would i make on for a larger person? how many inches of material per size difference.