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
- Two colors of chalk pencil
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…