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Pattern Roundup: Sleeveless Blouses

Vogue 9317 is a loose-fitting top designed by Marcy Tilton. It features front and back tucks and a shaped hemline. Suggested fabrics include lightweight linen, jersey, and crepe.

With the summer months in full swing, sleeveless blouses are great to beat the heat. They offer exciting design features without the added weight and warmth of sleeves. Sleeveless tops can be casual, such as tank tops, or more structured, such as sleeveless collared shirts. Whatever your style is, you can find a sleeveless blouse to match it.

Sleeveless tops may require armhole adjustments to fit properly. Sleeves may obscure minor fitting issues in a garment, but without sleeves, any fit issues are more visible. A well-fitted sleeveless blouse is a thing of beauty and well worth the effort. Sarah Veblen’s article, “To Get the Right Armhole, Fit the Bodice,” adapted from the article of the same name in Threads #117 (Feb./March 2005), is a great source of fitting techniques for many common fit issues. More fitting advice can be found in “Quick Fitting Solutions,” by Louise Cutting, Threads #201 (Feb./March 2019), available online for Threads Insiders.

For information about edge finishes, read “3 Neat Edge Finishes for the Sleeveless Styles of Summer,” by Mary Ray, which details three ways to finish edges and includes photos of the process.

You can also check out “How to Attach an All-in-One Facing,” by Carol J. Fresia, which is a video Web Extra for Daryl Lancaster’s article, “Create Facings,” published in Threads #185 (June/July 2016).

For advice about finishing facings, see “Four Smart Ways to Finish a Facing Edge,” by Carol J. Fresia, which range from simple to couture.

Garments with facings often have many seam allowances to clip. For a tip to speed up clipping, see “A Shortcut for Clipping Allowances,” from the Threads Tips video series.

If you’re a Threads Insider, check out Kenneth D. King’s “Staying a Neckline and Armhole” for his exclusive staying techniques.

Click Launch Gallery below to view 12 sleeveless blouse patterns.


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