Whether you're organizing Sunday brunch or just want to look utterly chic while also staying cool this summer, the Rosa Blouse is a garment that needs to be added to your wardrobe. It can be made with any number of fabrics, from crepe or chiffon to voile or chambray. I went with one of Mood's wrinkled polys and its luminous face looks absolutely stunning with the Rosa's adorable ties and cutouts!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2 yards Luminous Adobe Rose Wrinkled Polyester
- Dusty Pink Gutermann Thread
- 2 Italian White and Gold Metal 4-Hole Buttons
- 1 yard Black Single-Sided Fusible Interfacing
- MDF054 - The Rosa 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.
Start with your front shirt panels and give the first 7" or so a rolled hem along the center front, like you can see below.Connect both front panels at the center front seam, like below. If you're using the same material as me, it can fray a bit, so I recommend a serger, French seams, or Hong Kong seams.
Take your back panels and finish the center back edges similarly to the top of your front panels, using a rolled hem.
Attach your front and back panels at the side seams and then set aside the main portion of your garment for the time being.
Next, you'll want to start on your sleeves. Each panel should have a notch toward the bottom of the curve along the top. Roll the raw edge from the bottom edge of the sleeve, up to that notch. Attach your front sleeve panels to their respective back sleeve panels along the top curve, like you see below. I used French seams for mine, so you're seeing the wrong side of the fabric.
Sew the inseam of your sleeves and then attach the sleeves to the main portion of your shirt, aligning the inseam with your shirt's side seams.
Next, interface your shirt collar/ties piece and then pin it along the neckline of your shirt. The center front pieces should be placed 1" apart, like you see above, and each of your notches should match up to your shoulder seams. Gather your extra fabric evenly in between.
Fold the collar/ties in half along the length, fabric faces together, and and sew along the length of each of the ties. Keep the collar section open for now so you can pull the ties right side out. Press, and then slip-stitch the remainder of the collar closed.
Interface your sleeve cuffs and fold them in half, matching up the fabric faces along the short edges. Sew, like you see above.
Match up the seam you just sewed with the in-seam of your sleeve, and evenly gather your sleeve into the cuff. Fold the raw edge of the cuff inward 1/2" and then in half again, matching up the cuff's seam allowances. Slip-stitch along the inside.
To finish up your shirt, you'll just need to add your waistband. Interface your waistband piece and pin one of the long edges along the bottom of your shirt, leaving 1/2" for seam allowance on one end and 2" on the other for buttonholes. Evenly gather the excess shirt fabric into the waistband.
Fold the waistband in half, tucking in the raw edges, and slip-stitch around it's entirety. Sew two buttons at the flat end and two corresponding buttonholes along the edge that extends past your shirt, like you can see above.
I can't wait to try this silhouette with other fabrics as well! Chiffon, charmeuse, maybe even a chambray for a more everyday option; what will you be using for yours? Let me know in the comments!