If there are two trends that’ll get you compliments this year, it’s puff sleeves and statement prints. Unfortunately, they can often be too loud to work into your office attire, but that’s where the benefit of sewing your own wardrobe comes into play. For today’s look, I used an easily hacked version of Mood’s Onella Blouse pattern as well as the Juniper Skirt. Both are free to download and both can be made with a plethora of Mood’s blouse fabrics or skirt fabrics!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- Juniper Skirt:
- Onella Blouse:
These are two of my favorite patterns because they’re so versatile and beyond easy to sew. Plus, these two pattern hacks make your job even easier.
Let’s start with the Juniper Skirt.
As you can see from the flat, the Juniper Skirt typically has a flap detail along the front; I simply omitted that pattern piece. The resulting garment is a simple a-line silhouette that perfectly shows off any print you choose to showcase.
For the blouse, I began by sewing the button placket closed along the front. The fit is a bit loose since it’s meant to be tucked into a high waist, and the neckline is fairly open, so the buttons are mostly just for show as you can easily pull this shirt on over head.
I also omitted a pattern piece along the sleeve as well, since I chose to skip the cuff. Instead, I elongated the sleeve by 3″ and sewed a self-made cord along the inseam along the wrist. The result is an adorable tie cuff that adds just a little bit of personal detail to an otherwise simple pattern, which I love.
How have you played around with our patterns? Let me know your favorite pattern hacks in the comments below!