We’ve seen the eyelet trend growing season after season, but instead of slowing down like most trends at a certain point, this one just seems to keep going. With the rise of 19th-century vibes working their way into modern clothing, we’re seeing a similar increase in the use of heavy laces. The Flora Blouse free sewing pattern is the perfect project to work one of these unique textiles into your wardrobe. With a single upper yoke and delicate gathers, this shirt lends itself well to mixing fabrics in the best way.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 1 yard Zimmermann Ivory Geometric Cotton Blended Guipure Lace
- 2 yards Ushuaia Ivory Crinkled Linen and Rayon Gauze
- 8 Rimmed White 4-Hole Button – 18L/11.5mm
- MDF228 – The Flora Blouse Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
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 pinning your lower front panels to the lower back at the side seams. Using a French seam, sew the bottom 4″ of each side seam, like you see below.
Using a French seam again, add the curved edge of your sleeves along the still-open edges of your side seams. For this sleeve, there’s no inseam, so the raw edges with face upward like you see below. Press all of your seams.
Face to face, pin the back edge of your yoke along the top edge of your lower back. Align the center back points, sleeve notches, and ends of your sleeve first before evenly gathering the rest of your lower back/sleeves into the yoke. Sew, press the seam allowance up, and top-stitch the seam allowance into place.
Along the top edges of your lower front panels and sleeves, finish the raw edge using a small 1/4″ rolled hem.
Pin the bottom edge of your front yoke to your lower front panels and sleeves, like below. Evenly gather the lower portions into the lace. Since I was using the scalloped edge of the lace, I top-stitched along the top of the lower panels, but you could choose to attach your front yoke similarly to how the back was sewn.
Along the center front edges of your blouse, attach the button plackets, like you see below. Fold the placket in half along the length and tuck the raw edges inside and pin. I chose to slip-stitch the plackets shut in the inside of the garment, but you can use your machine to top-stitch or stitch-in-the-ditch, if you prefer.
Attach your collar face to face along the neckline of your shirt, leaving a 1/2″ overhang at each end. Ease the remainder of your neckline into the collar and then fold the collar in half, face to face. Stitch along each end like the lower righthand image, flip right side out and tuck any remaining raw edges inward. Slip-stitch the inside of the collar closed.
Create each of your sleeve cuffs by attaching them face to face at the short edges and sewing to create a loop. Attach each to the end of your sleeves similarly to your placket. Fold them in half, tuck in the raw edges, and slip-stitch.
Hem the bottom of your blouse with a small 1/4″ rolled hem and lastly, add your buttons and corresponding buttonholes along your front placket.
Will you be giving the Flora Blouse a try? Let me know what fabric combinations you’re considering in the comments below!