The adorable puff sleeve trend we saw this past spring is following us into the summer and (we hope!) fall. Such a sweet and romantic silhouette can be made from a variety of fabrics to achieve different looks, making The Camellia Top free sewing pattern an ideal piece for your transitional wardrobe. With the sun currently shining at its brightest, we opted for a slightly translucent cotton voile for a light and breezy look paired with some high-waisted denim. Try your Camellia Top in a poplin or linen for more casual and transitional fabric options, or create a stunning piece with organza for an elegant night out!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Begin by forming each of your sleeves at the inseam and then finish off the bottom edge with a simple rolled hem, like you see below. Since this garment is unlined, I recommend French seams for this project.
Attach the front and back of your shirt at the side seams, hem them bottom edge the same way you did your sleeves, and then attach each of your sleeves to either side of your shirt. Only the bottom half of your armscye will be attached, so hem the remainder of your sleeve opening, where it will go over your shoulder, along with the neckline of your blouse.
Next, cut your elastic to the lengths shown on your pattern for the torso placements and pin them along the lines provided. Evenly stretch the elastic along your shirt, pin, and stitch into place with a wide straight stitch.
Repeat with the elastic at your neckline, followed by the remainder of your armscye. Lastly, insert the elastic at the bottom of your sleeve and your shirt is ready to wear!