When quarantine began, we dove head first into comfy chic clothing, and even revamped the trend for summer, but comfy doesn’t always need to mean casual. The Tecoma Blouse free sewing pattern drips with luxury and sophistication while remaining easy to wear, style, and lounge in. An off-the-shoulder wrap shirt, this blouse can be made from any one of Mood’s luxe linens, or even a silk crepe for a more refined look.
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.
Next, attach one of your front pieces to the back along the corresponding side seam, like below. Since this garment is mostly unlined, I recommend a French seam here.
When sewing up the other side and attaching your second front piece, be sure to insert one of your ties along the seam so it extends from the outside of your shirt. Leave about 1/2″ beneath the tie along the side seam to allow for seam allowance later on.
Using a French seam again, attach your front at back pieces at the shoulder seams. To keep your fabric from pulling, clip your seam allowance at the inner corner. The notch should be a 45 degree angle from the edge of the fabric toward the end of your stitching.
Using a regular seam, connect your shawl collar at the center back seam like you see below and press the seam open. Once connected, attach the shawl collar to the back of your shirt at the neckline, again using a regular seam.
Set your main shirt to the side for the moment and take a look at your facing pieces. The should connect at the same center back seam as your shawl collar, like you see below. Sew using a regular seam and press the seam open.
Pin your second shirt tie face to face 1/2″ from the waistline of your shirt. Like below, it should be attached at the end of the shirt opposite your first tie. I’ve extended mine a tad to ensure that the selvage of the fabric isn’t seen once the facing is attached in the next step.
Pin your facing along the front edge and neckline of your shirt and sew face to face. While sewing, your second shirt tie will also be secured in place. Clip your seam allowance, turn right side out, and press.
Finish off the raw edge of your facing inside your shirt with a small rolled hem Pin and slip-stitch the facing to the neckline to secure.
Next, we’ll start on the peplum. Attach the two front pieces to the back at the side seams using French seams. Press the seams toward the back panel. Hem the outer edge of your peplum and press. Add onto the waistline of your shirt using a French seam, lining up the side seams.
Lastly, add a button loop inside your shirt at the side seam opposite your side tie, along with a corresponding button on the edge of the shirt that will be tucked inside.
Hem the raw edges of your sleeves and your new shirt is ready to be paired with the rest of your seasonal wardrobe! What color are you planning to make yours? Let me know in the comments below!