easy-to-sew blouse (a.k.a the breezy tee in a woven!)


Alright guys, I’m pretty sure 1995 is calling my right now because it wants it’s hairstyle back. I’m growing out my hair and I’m just really not feeling this look. My stylist somehow gave it beach waves with her magic curling wand but now that I’m at home with my hair dryer and round brush this is all I got. Eh…

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

Of course, complaining about my hair is not actually the point of today’s post. The point is that I sewed something. Again. And I guess if you’re here reading this that means you’re not completely tired of the things I sew, so here are the deets: like pretty much everything I make, this blouse is easy and quick–start to finish in one afternoon. I love easy. And it even has pom pom trim. Pom pom trim is so trendy that I think it almost makes up for my hair.

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

I took my breezy tee pattern (free! in size L only, sorry) and sewed it up using a woven fabric instead of a knit. (Translation: I used a non-stretchy blouse type fabric instead of a stretchy t-shirt fabric.) Since the cut is plenty roomy, it worked just fine! I actually simplified things a bit, meaning this top only has two pieces, a front and a back, and only takes a few seams to put together.

See, I’m overjoyed at the easiness of it all.

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

Now, this is a fairly boxy pattern: no darts, no shaping. Boxy blouses are pretty prevalent in the stores these days, but they only look good if they’re made out of soft, flowy material. Do not try this with quilting cotton – it will look like an actual box. Stick with something like voile or cotton lawn or something else that drapes well so you’ll still see a little of your shape beneath it.

If you want to make an easy breezy blouse, go to this post and download the free breezy tee pattern (be sure to print it at 100% and make sure the test square is exactly 1 inch by 1 inch, then tape it together without trimming the pages). It will look like this:

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We’re not going to use the pocket or the sleeve pieces, so set them aside for another day. We need to make a few quick adjustments as shown by the dotted lines below. Cut the sleeve area about an inch lower than is shown by the pattern to ensure there’s plenty of room around the upper arm, since you’re using fabric that doesn’t stretch. Also, cut the hem straight across. I cut mine about an inch above the shortest point shown on the pattern because I didn’t have much fabric, but next time I’ll cut it a bit longer.

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Cut out one back piece and one front piece, both on the fold. (BTW, you’ll either need 1 yard of 60 inch wide fabric or close to 2 yards of 45 inch fabric.) Place the pieces right sides together, and sew across the top of the shoulders as shown by dots below (half inch seam allowances are included):

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

Open up the two pieces and press the shoulder seams flat. It will look like this:

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

One each side, you’ll see an area that juts out about half an inch near the shoulder seams (1st photo below). This will actually function as the sleeve of the shirt. Turn that part under 1/4 inch TWICE and sew across it to hem the sleeves (2nd photo below). If you’d like to add trim, place the trim over the hem and sew it in place (3rd photo below). Make sure the trim covers the entire area that was turned under twice.

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

Repeat with the other side. Then you can put the right sides of the front and back pieces together again and sew down the side seams.

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

Here’s a close-up of the side seam. Start about 3/4 inch above where the trim or hemmed area ends, and angle in from the edge of the hem, then continue down the side seam.

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

Try it on. If the sleeve looks like a wing (poking up really high), sew the side seam up a little higher to make the sleeve opening smaller.

Hem the shirt by folding under 1/4 inch twice and sewing, then add trim if desired.

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

All that’s left is to finish the neckline with double fold bias tape. I made my own bias tape from the fabric scraps so it would match perfectly, but you could also use a purchased matching or contrast bias tape.

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

And done. An easy breezy trimmed out blouse you can sew in a few hours.

super easy blouse tutorial! It only takes two pattern pieces and a few seams to make, plus there's  a free pattern in size L!

Comments

  1. 1

    Kristie says

    Ok, this is a fabulous idea. So simple. And for all those that like Kimono’s, how simple would it be to just cut up the center and finish it for a simple but slightly fitted kimono.
    Also, if you have a curling iron, use it like a curling wand, just wrap your hair around. Also wrap the hair so it falls away from your face. Your hair looks great!

  2. 4

    patti says

    I love this t-shirt and the fact that it is so simple to make! I was just wondering if you have different sizes or instructions on how to make the top in a size medium or size 2-3x?

    • 5

      rachel says

      I’m not sure how you could modify the size L, but if you’re willing to spend a little money on a pattern the Seamwork Magazine Akita blouse fits this style perfectly – and its only 7$ 🙂

  3. 13

    sharon says

    I don’t see the pieces to down load. I do have windows 10 if that makes a difference. But if it does I can draw the pattern on a piece of card board or a paper bag the top is really cute and I am like like things a little roomy but not really oversized.

  4. 14

    says

    Thanks Autumn, as usual I am very happy to grab your pattern and sew it up both for myself and my daughters. I personally love your hair and I hope it grows on you! There is nothing worse than walking around not liking the way you look.

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    Polly says

    I love your patterns and am glad someone is making patterns in an L size as most are too small and too hard to adjust. It doesnt work most of the time. This pattern is going to be working overtime as I intend to make the different versions for myself. Thank you so much for your generosity. Polly , Western Australia

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