Sleeveless lined blouse

polkadot blouseRayon had the perfect drape for this sleeveless blouse with flounce; just one of the five co-ordinating wardrobe items you get in Butterick B5965. The blouse is lined, adding substance to a fine summer fabric. I found a mauve tricot knit to match my polka dot print. Alternately, you can make a dress from Butterick’s pattern, which is as simple as extending the flounce to a knee length.sewing pattern

Pattern Adjusting

One of my most frequent pattern adjustments is expanding the front for bigger bust. Basically I explode the front at the bust point up to an inch and divide the pattern in quarters. For this blouse I also narrowed the armhole (less gaping) and widened the shoulder straps for more coverage in the hot, summer sun.adjusting sleeveless blouse patternlining a blouse

Pair the lining up with the assemble top

What really makes this design special is the gathering along neckline. Once you manage that, you need to pair up the assembled lining with the outer shell (right sides facing each other) and stitch along the armpit and neckline.

Fold open the top now at the shoulders and machine sew a single stitching line across both the tricot lining and the polka-dot rayon.Turn, press seams in, and finish by hand.

Fold open the top now at the shoulders and machine sew a single stitching line across both the tricot lining and the polka-dot rayon.Turn, press seams in, and finish by hand.

The back is flattering because there is elastic at waist to give a nice fit above where the flounce flares out.

The back is flattering because there is elastic at waist to give a nice fit above where the flounce flares out.

This look works terrific with a straight skirt or jeans.

Amount fabric required size 14:  

  • Outer fashion fabric – 1 1/8 yd
  • Inner lining: 5/8 yd

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