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Tutorial: How to add tucks to the Violet blouse


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One of the great things about our Violet blouse pattern is that it provides a great canvas for an endless variety of alterations. We brainstormed three simple techniques that will add a little extra personality to your blouse: tucks, a lace collar, and clustered buttons with button loops. Each technique is incorporated in succession so you can sew along with one or more of them as we post the three tutorials. Enjoy!

You will need:

  • Violet pattern and necessary supplies
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Two colors of chalk pencil
  • Tape
  • Thread

Step 1: Draw a straight line all the way down the front of pattern piece A, about 2″ from the front edge.

Step 2: Cut the pattern along the line you drew in step 1.

Step 3: Tape one part of the pattern piece to a long sheet of paper (or several small sheets, if need be).

Step 4: Tape the remaining pattern piece to paper with a 1 1/2″ gap from other piece. Make sure it measures  1 1/2″ at all sections of the gap.

Step 5: Cut out the fabric using altered pattern piece.

Step 6: On the right side of the front blouse, use chalk (here we used blue) to mark a line parallel to the center front. It will be 2 1/2″ away from the edge.

Step 7: Now make another line a 1/2″ away from the blue line in a contrasting chalk (here we used yellow).

Step 8: Leaving 1/4″ gap from the yellow line, make another parallel line in blue.

Step 9: Continue by making another yellow line 1/2″ away, leave a 1/4″ gap, and repeat steps until you have three yellow and blue lines 1/2″ away from each other, and a 1/4″ gap between each. These lines should go down the entire blouse front (pattern piece A) and remain completely parallel to the center front. Do this on both blouse pieces.

Step 10: With wrong sides together, fold the fabric so the first blue line is matched with the first yellow line and press.

Step 11: Now sew along the matching lines to create a tuck. Repeat steps 10 and 11 with two remaining 1/2″ sections. The 1/4″ gap will serve as a buffer between each tuck, so don’t sew it!

Step 12: Press tucks toward the center front.

Step 13: Repeat with other side of blouse front. Wash chalk pencil markings away. Stay stitch around neckline and continue with the pattern directions to finish the shirt, or hold tight for our soon to be posted lace collar tutorial!

Here’s a little teaser…

Rachel Rector   —  

Comments 20

Jennifer B



This is so useful! Thanks.


OOH! Fantastic, and bookmarked for future reference. Can’t wait to see the lace collar tutorial, too.


It is really nice to see how easy it is add tucks to this pattern. This answered a few of my questions- such as whether or not there would have to be extra fabric added to the pattern to make the tucks. Wonderful!


Yep… and you can use this to do the same thing to many other patterns. You can also easily adjust the amount of fabric you add and the size / number of tucks you want.


Glad you guys like it!

Just let me know if you have any other questions.


Ooh – tucks, collars and button loops – clever and pretty – thank you! …Since you asked in your survey, this is what I like about this blog anyway!


This made me smile, because I was showing the survey results to Caitlin this morning and wow! You guys really really love tutorials, that’s for darn sure!


Oh. my. god. THIS is my favourite tutorial (tucks, lace collar, button loops) EVER. I love all those techniques and shall be working on this project post-haste once I get my grubby paws on the pattern. Oh man, so excited!


I love tucks too. It’s funny because it’s such a simple thing to add, but it really changes the look of a blouse. Anyway, glad you like it!


I love this! Thanks so much. I really need to get sewing.


YES! I’ll be using my coupon to buy the Violet pattern so I can try this tutorial! I’d like to try the piping detail you blogged about earlier this month on the Violet, too.


I think the piping would look really nice on this blouse too! Especially around the collar.


Thanks! I’m excited to try out this technique. Loooove pintucks!


Thanks. I completed the survey and was considering buying this pattern with my discount.

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Great tutorial, it is beautiful t shirt for summer. i like it very much and i will make it…. thanks for sharing…

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