How to Sew a Blouse With a Round Neck and Front Tie

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$10
4 Hours
Easy

Today, I have a step-by-step tutorial for you on how to sew a blouse.


I’m including instructions to draft your own blouse sewing pattern from your measurements.


I used a cotton mix bedsheet for this, but any similar non-stretch fabric would work.

Tools and materials:

  • Non-stretch lightweight fabric
  • Paper for pattern
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional)
Drafting pattern

1. Draft the pattern

Take your measurement around your bust and divide it by four. Add 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) for the seam allowance.


Measure from the top of your shoulder down to the length you want. My top is 19.7 inches (50 cm) long.


Watch the video from 0:59 to 3:17 to see exactly how I make the blouse pattern for the front and back bodice.

Drafting pattern

For the sleeve pattern, place the front and back bodice patterns next to each other, matching the shoulder seams.


Put a fresh piece of paper under the extended armholes and trace the shape. Mark the center point.

Drafting pattern

Draw a line 11.8 inches (30 cm) down from each side and connect them at the bottom. 


Mark 2 inches (5 cm) in from each edge on the bottom line and connect the marks to the outer edges of the sleeve head.

Cutting out fabric

2. Cut out the fabric

Increase the width of the sleeve pattern by 4 inches (10 cm) on each side and cut two.

Cutting out fabric

Cut one back bodice on the fold and two front bodices.

Joining shoulder seams

3. Join the shoulder seams

Place the two front bodices next to each other with the right side uppermost.


Place the back bodice on top with the right sides together and join the shoulder seams.


Finish the raw seam edges with your serger or an overlock or zigzag stitch on your machine.

Inserting sleeves

4. Insert the sleeves

Run a row of gathering stitches across the top of the sleeve.


Open the blouse bodice with the right side uppermost.


Matching the center of the sleeve head to the shoulder seam, gather the top of the sleeve to fit the extended armholes of the bodice.


Pin and sew in place.


Repeat for the second sleeve.

Joining side and sleeve seams

5. Join the side and sleeve seams

Fold the blouse with the right sides together, matching the underarm seams.


Pin and sew the side and sleeve seam.


Finish the raw seam edges and the center front edges.

Sewing center front

6. Sew the center front

Place the center front edges together with the right sides facing.


Mark 4 inches (10 cm) down from the neck edge.


Join the seam from that point to the bottom of the bodice.

Sewing center front

Turn the unstitched section to the wrong side. Top stitch along the three sides.

Making cuffs

7. Make and attach the cuffs

Measure around the widest part of your hand and add 0.75 inches (2 cm).


Cut two rectangles of that length by 2 inches (10 cm) deep.


Join the short edges with the right sides facing.


Turn the cuff right side out and fold in half.

Attaching cuffs

Sew a row of gathering stitches around the bottom of the sleeve and gather it to the width of your cuff.

Attaching cuffs

Pin and sew the cuff inside the sleeve with the right sides together, matching the seams.


Add the second cuff in the same way.


Finish the raw edges.

Neck edge and tie

8. Neck edge and tie

Measure around the widest part of your head and add 0.75 inches (2 cm) for ease.


Add another 39 inches (100 cm) and cut a length of fabric to the total length by 2 inches (5 cm) wide.


Mark the center of the tie. 


Pin and sew it around the neck edge starting at the center back, with the right side of the tie facing the wrong side of the bodice.

Neck edge and tie

Turn the blouse right side out. 


Turning the raw edge under, fold the tie over the neck edge and pin in place.

Neck edge and tie

Turn in the raw edges of the free ends of the tie and fold in half with the wrong sides together.

Neck edge and tie

Top stitch in place along the pin line.

Finishing

9. Finishing

Turn up and sew a narrow double hem around the lower edge of the blouse.

How to sew a blouse: DIY blouse


How to sew a blouse: DIY blouse

How to sew a blouse: DIY blouse

I made this top quite short but you can of course lengthen it to suit your style.


You can adapt the same pattern to make a cold shoulder top, an off shoulder blouse or dress or a slim fit cropped top. 


You could also make a ruffled edge to the sleeves instead of adding cuffs. It’s a very versatile pattern and based entirely on your measurements to fit you perfectly.


Next, learn How to DIY a Simple and Elegant Maxi Skirt Without a Pattern.

Suggested materials:
  • Non-stretch lightweight fabric
  • Paper for pattern
  • Ruler
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