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Pattern Roundup: Breezy Blouses

Images from pattern company web sites.

As the weather slowly warms up here in the Northeast, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite breezy blouses for you to consider.

Nearly all of these patterns include a bonus option to make a dress. Several patterns incorporate gathering and ruffles. Check out this guide to sewing three types of ruffles.

Named Clothing Lima Smock Dress & Top

Lima Clothing Smock Dress and Top, an example of a breezy blouse

This A-line top features an undulating ruffled hemline and elasticized neckline and shoulder straps that create their own ruffles. You can also make the top with puff sleeves and off-the-shoulder neckline. The sleeve hem echoes the gathered and ruffled neckline. Make this top in a light- to medium-weight woven fabric, depending on the desired drape.

Find this pattern in women’s sizes XS to XXL (bust 29 7/8 inches to 50 3/8 inches, waist 23 5/8 inches to 44 1/8 inches, hip 33 1/8 inches to 53 1/2 inches).

The New Craft House Everyday Dress + Top

The New Craft House Everyday Dress + Top

Choose long or short puff sleeves for this adorable, stylish, and comfortable woven top. The long-sleeve version has elasticized sleeve hems, while the short-sleeves are each gathered into a sleeve band. This design is fitted at the shoulders then loose through the high-waisted, gathered peplum. The top is suitable for intermediate sewists or ambitious beginners.

Choose this pattern in women’s sizes UK 6 to 34 (bust 31 inches to 58 3/4 inches, waist 24 inches to 51 1/2 inches, hip 33 3/4 inches to 61 1/2 inches).

Burda Style Blouse 6227

Burda Style Blouse 6227, an example of a breezy blouse

These quick-to-sew, loose-fitting woven blouses have a drawstring-gathered neckline for flexibility in styling. Two sleeve options include drawstring-gathered long sleeves or flared three-quarter sleeves.

Find this pattern in women’s sizes 8 to 18 (bust 31 1/2 inches to 40 inches; hips 33 1/2 inches to 42 inches).

Papercut Array Top/Dress

Papercut Array Top/Dress

This stylish blouse with dropped shoulders has options for fitting through the body: Make it straight or add ties to cinch the waist. Sleeve options include a bell sleeve with an elasticized hem or a flared sleeve. A wonderful pattern for novices, this blouse can be made with knit or woven fabrics.

It is available in NZ  and UK sizes 6 to 20 (bust 29.9 inches to 46.5 inches, waist 22 inches to 38.6 inches, hip 32.3 inches to 48.8 inches).

Simplicity Sewing Pattern Misses’ Tops S9452

Simplicity Sewing Pattern Misses' Tops S9452, among breezy blouse examples

These pretty, fly-away tops have a square neck, elastic gathers at the shoulders, and long sleeves with or without elastic above the elbow. There’s also a short puffed sleeve option and a flutter sleeve version. Seven pleats across the front and another seven across the back control the fullness.

The pattern is available in women’s sizes 6 to 24 (bust 30-1/2 inches to 46 inches, waist 23 inches to 39 inches, hips 32-1/2 inches to 48 inches).

Sew House Seven Romey Gathered Top and Cross Stitching For Garments

Sew House Seven Romey Gathered Top

With a keyhole neckline and loose fit, this blouse is based on the Remy Raglan top but has an elegant empire waist with billowy gathered sleeves at bracelet length.

You can purchase the pattern in women’s sizes 00 to 34 (bust 31 inches to 61 1/2 inches, waist 23 1/2 inches to 57 1/4 inches, hip 34 inches to 65 inches).

Cross-stitching instructions walk you through how to embellish your garment (see a finished example below).

Sew House Seven Romey Gathered Top with Cross-stitching

Pattern Scout Poppy Blouse

Breezy blouse for warm weather: Pattern Scout Poppy Blouse

The Poppy Blouse is an oversized raglan peasant blouse with three-quarter bishop sleeves, a ruffle collar, and optional wide ruffle hem.

The blouse pattern is sold in women’s sizes 0 to 30 with B, C, and D cup options (bust 29 inches to 58 inches, waist 23 inches to 48 inches, hip 35 inches to 60 inches).

Have you made any of these patterns? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery or tag us on Instagram with #memadethreads.


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