Imagine sitting in the park on a beautiful Fall day, the air is crisp and you’re sipping on a pumkin spice latte. The trees are putting on a spendid show of their leaves changing colors and you are wearing the perfect blouse worthy of several selfies! The Peony Blouse free sewing pattern is a quick and easy sewing project, allowing you to add a fabulous top to your wardrobe in no time. With a surplice neckline, full sleeves and banded bottom, it provides volume while cinching in your waist for a flattering fit. For my top, I used Mood’s Exclusive print Garden of Earthly Delights in poly crepe. It feels amazing and the colors are vibrant and fresh! You could also try using bamboo or velour knit as another option. Where do you plan to wear your blouse? Let us know!
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.
Here’s how to sew:
First lay out your pattern pieces to get a visual of how the blouse will look.
Pin your front to your back with wrong sides together because we will be using a French seam to finish our edges. Go ahead and sew together your shoulder seams first.
Next, finish the neckline with a 1/2″ rolled hem before sewing the side seams.
Now, finish your sides seams with a French seam and set aside.
Next, sew in the darts on your your sleeve at the cuff opening. Press the darts once done.
Now fold the sleeve and stitch the underarm seam using a French seam.
Attach the cuff and insert a small strip of elastic before top stitching closed.
Set in your sleeves, stitch in place and press.
The last thing to do is attach your waistband. Before doing that, using a basting stitch, stitch along the bottom edge and slightly gather the waist.
Now pin your waistband to the bottom opening of your blouse and stitch. Top stitch along the inside of the waistband and press.
That’s it! You’re done!