Designing and creating something to wear is incredibly satisfying.
It gives you the freedom to make a good piece that goes well with your other clothes. And it is suitable for you, in your favorite colors and patterns.
Blouses are such versatile items that they can be combined with all kinds of other things, including jeans, skirts, shorts and leggings.
And if like me, you enjoy the fun, challenge and reward of a DIY project, learning to sew a blouse from scratch may be on your bucket list.
In this post, I will share some tips and tricks that I found really useful from my research.
What you need to sew a blouse
What you need depends in part on the type of blouse you want to make. But the basic things you need include:
- a sewing machine
- tape measure
- paper for the model
- pins and needles
- a marker and tailor’s chalk
- an iron
Also make sure you have good lighting and an adequate workspace.
The search for the perfect fabric
When choosing the fabric for your blouse, there are several key things to consider:
In addition to the color, it is important to think about the weight of the fabric for the look you want to create. Do you want a floaty, light blouse, or a heavier one?
At the fabric store, handle the fabrics to make sure they are the right weight for your project.
Measurement and adaptation
As women, it can be difficult to find suitable clothes for the specific measurements of our body. We are all unique and using standardized clothing patterns can cause problems.
If you follow a tutorial, it usually comes with instructions for the specific areas you need to measure, such as the bust area. And this will help you make a suitable outfit.
If you choose to work with models of a set size, you will probably need to make some adjustments. Here is a very helpful post: The Beginner’s Guide: Full Bust Adjustment.
Taking your measurements can be difficult. It takes time, but it gets easier with practice. When you start, try to add a little extra in the measurements to have a little more margin for error. This gives you room to fix any mistakes.
How to take your measurements it’s a really helpful video that walks you through the process.
I draw your blouse
It is a good idea to start with a basic blouse style. But as your sewing skills improve, you will be able to adapt the design creatively for more blouses. You can find inspiration in your wardrobe, and you can try to create a top to complement something that you like, but rarely wears.
A blouse has all kinds of elements that you can customize and adapt. You can vary:
- Sleeve length
- Cuff type
Here are some of the easiest rocks for beginners to do:
- Jewel: a high and round neck
- V Neck: Cut in a “V” shape in the front or back of your blouse
- Neck: cut in a “U” shape that has the same width as the base of the neck
- Square: Square neckline or angle in the front of your blouse
- Florentini: angled or very wide square neckline (almost from shoulder to shoulder)
- Boat: wide horizontal neckline, high and located in front and back
Another aspect to consider is that different stitching styles create different finishes. French seams complement light fabric, and you’ll see that other seams produce a different look. Look online and choose which one suits your blouse.
Trace the pattern
There are many ways to find a model including these two…
- Pinterest is a total treasure. Just type in the Pinterest search bar what you are looking for and the search will return hundreds of varied results.
- This great post: How to draw a basic blouse pattern from a blouseI will guide you through the process of creating a basic blouse pattern from the one you already have.
To draw a pattern, you need special paper. There are different types, and their durability varies. Swedish tracing paper is often recommended because it will withstand being folded and unfolded, ironed and sewn together.
Choose a clean, clutter-free work surface. Make sure your hands are also clean and dry before you start tracing and cutting.
Once you have cut out the pattern, follow the instructions to trace it onto the fabric.
Remember that you will be working with the inside of the fabric at this stage. Use pins, markers and tailors chalk to help. Always identify the different pattern pieces with a marker so you know which part is which.
And now you are ready to cut the fabric.
Once you have prepared the fabric pieces, the next step is like putting together a puzzle. If you’ve marked your pattern pieces correctly, you’ll know exactly which piece is which, and you can simply follow the instructions to put it all together.
Please share any photos of the blouses you make in the comments below and let us know how you found the process. We can all learn so much from each other.
By the way Anya Alvarez
Anyi studied pastry and is now involved in the fascinating art of blogging. She loves crafts and is a photography enthusiast.