Today is the day!
I am ever so excited.
For me, this is a huge leap forward in the direction that I desperately want to take my blog. I have always said to myself, start small, don’t run before you can walk – but a hop, skip and jump every now and again is perfectly fine. Well right now I am hopping, skipping and jumping all over the place because I am finally able to upload my very first handmade pdf pattern for people to download for themselves. And the best part… it is for free! Who doesn’t love a freebie?!
If you have been following along with my blog, you will know that I came to draft this blouse after being challenge by a fellow sewer/ blogger to branch out and attempt garments other than dresses. This was a challenge I was very pleased to accept, but after my first attempt went kind of wrong but oh so right (check it out HERE), I decided to dedicate myself to it completely and start from the very begining. What I ended up with was a rather cute but very wearable button down blouse with a peplum that falls from the waist (check out my final challeneg project HERE). I was so pleased with it I decided to really refine my pattern and share it with the world
For my second version of this blouse I used a lightweight flowery fabric, some larger, pearly white buttons, and this time I did not make bias binding. I hemmed the armholes and neckline instead which turned out just as great!
Now this is my first ever pdf pattern – so be nice to me :D. I am actually working on a few handmade patterns right now, but golly they do take up a whole lot of time to put together. First there is the drafting and the tweaking, and then creating the templates, drawing it up, checking it, scanning it into the computer, turning it into a pdf, printing it, checking it again and if you aren’t sick of looking at it just yet, then checking it again! I really wanted to start with something fairly straight forward so that I could get some feedback from my lovely readers before sharing any more patterns, that way I can do my very best to improve my work. This is the reason why this blouse is a single size pattern, if all goes well then my plan is for future patterns to be multi-size or very easily adaptable.
Right, let’s get down to the details.
This sewing pattern is for a Button Down Peplum Blouse.
It is in a single size – what I would consider a size 12.
Bust – 40 inches
Waist 32 inches
However, there is quite a bit of ease due to the style of the pattern allowing for an extra couple of inches in both bust and waist, and at the same time the bust and back pleats are easily adapted to make the pattern an inch or two smaller. So have some fun with it and see what works, just remember to pin first, sew later!
I have also made the decision to add an extra inch in the front peplum pattern pieces. The reason for this was I found that, depending on the thickness of your fabric, the pleats, particularly in the front, sometimes needed to be altered to suit. To allow for any last minute fitting changes I found that this extra inch in the front of the peplum proved to be very useful, and can be easily removed once you are certain of the fitting by simply trimming it down before stitching the button placket in place.
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Begin by stitching the darts in both front bodice pieces and pressing them flat.
Stay stitch the pleats in both the front and back bodice pieces to keep them in place and again, press flat.
Join each peplum piece to the corresponding bodice piece ensuring the front and back bodice pleats are caught.
Join at the side and strap seams and press.
Fold and press the placket in place, ensure it is an even width down the full length of the blouse. The pattern pieces indicate both fold lines. Any excess fabric from the center front of the peplum can now be trimmed if required. Pins are very useful during this stage. Stitch in place.
Add bias binding around the arm holes and neckline of the blouse. This could be hemmed without bias binding if required, but be aware this will effect the thickness of your straps.
Hem the peplum – really take your time doing this. You could always add bias binding to the peplum hem if you find this easier than hemming a curve.
Add fastenings down the center front of the blouse. I have not indicated where these should go as this depends on the shape and size of the buttons you choose, but just make sure you take your time to ensure correct placement.
Try it on and see what you think!
Oh and don’t forget to tidy up your sewing space afterwards. I feel I should put this in my instructions because it makes it so much easier when you go to make a second one straight away, which I hope you will
So there you have it! Please do feel free to download the pdf, pop it on Pinterest, share it with your friends. I would love to hear if you have used it, and even better see some photos of how yours has turned out if you have any tips for me as I continue to venture into making handmade pdf patterns then I am all ears.
Thank you for your support and happy sewing
A quick note – This pattern is,of course, for personal use only. I have made this pattern myself and I would greatly appreciate a link back if you do choose to use this pattern and blog about it. It is not cool to take credit for someone else’s work