3/4 Sleeves Boho Blouse – Chic Casual Fridays

3/4 sleeves boho blouseToday we'll be making you a 3/4 sleeves boho blouse.  I know last week I promised to make flutter sleeves on an A-line top, but when I made the top I actually hated it.  The end of the sleeves hit exactly where the flair began and in someone who is a size 10, it adds a few more pounds.  Who wants that? So I am back at the drawing board, testing another flutter sleeve top, crossed bodied and with my little detail to hide a tummy.  I'm sure you'll love my favorite trick on a top to hide a tummy and to create an hourglass figure even when you do not have one, so check back next week.

This week's top is a bra friendly boho style blouse.  It is very easy to make. The pattern has three pieces of the pattern, four pleats, and a front tie.  I encourage you to use cotton batiste, silk or rayon (more commonly known as challis or crinkled rayon).

I read your comments and emails, every single one, and I appreciate your feedback, suggestions and constructive criticisms.  Most of us, (including me) find it difficult to find summer tops in natural fibers.  So I thought I'd share with you the tops that get me through my summers regardless of fashion trends.

This 3/4 sleeves boho blouse is from sizes 10 to 22.  The back side is lower than the front.

Elastic sleeves hem.

A bra friendly neckline, while still keeping a medium off the shoulder look.

Materials

  • 2 to 2 1/2  yards of a natural fiber blouse fabric (see my suggestion from fabric.com below)
  • Thread to match
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 yards of 5/8″ bias tape, satin would be ideal.

Tools

  • Sewing machine (ideal but not essential)
  • Loop turner
  • Sewing needle size 70 or 80

Size Chart and Finished Measurements

Size Bust Inches Bust Metric
10 42 3/4 109 cm
12 43 1/2 111 cm
14 46 1/2 118 cm
16 47 1/2 121 cm
18 50 1/2 128 cm
20 52 3/4 134 cm
22 55 1/2 140 cm

Fabric Suggestions From Fabric.com

Skill Level: Intermediate

You need to know how to sew a raglan sleeve, apply bias tape, and know how to attach elastic.

How To Download And Print The Summer Top Pattern

Please use Adobe Reader, print in landscape mode and do not scale.

Pattern Download

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Download Pattern HERE

Pattern Layout3/4 sleeves boho blouse

How To Sew Your 3/4 Sleeves Boho Blouse

There is no seam allowance so you need to add 3/8″ or 5/6″ but you need to be consistent.  Add seam allowance to all edges including the dart at the shoulder.

Step One: Add Bias To The Slit And Make The Pleats

Cut the slit until the notch marked in your pattern and apply the bias tape.  I have to add, you could skip this detail if you want to make the work more simple.  Notice too, I was in a hurry when I was making this top and my bias tape is not looking professional.

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Fold the pleats towards the center of the blouse.

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Step Two: Sew The Sides

Sew the sides, I am using a 3/8″ then I use a zigzag to clean the seams.

3/4 sleeves boho blouse

Step Three: Sew The Darts And Sleeves

Sew the dart at the shoulders.

3/4 sleeves boho blouse Then print side together sew the sides of the sleeves.

3/4 sleeves boho blouse Pin the sleeves, aligning the sides of the sleeves to the sides seams of the blouse.

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3/4 sleeves boho blouseSew at your chosen seam allowance.

Step Four: Add The Bias Tape To The Neckline And Elastic To The Sleeves

Start on the right side of the blouse,  Leave a strip of bias tape hanging from the top of the biased slit.

Start sewing on the thinner side of the bias tape.

3/4 sleeves boho blouse

3/4 sleeves boho blouseFold the tape and sew very close to the edge, in this way you are making both a tie and the neck binding.

3/4 sleeves boho blouse

Cut two strips of elastic wide enough to go around your arm but not tight.

3/4 sleeves boho blouseHem the sleeve leaving a small gap to insert the elastic. Insert the elastic using a paperclip and sew the small gap close.

Step Five: Make The Hem

There are many ways to hem this blouse.  I recommend checking out this tutorial, it has a few ways you can approach the hem for this project, choose the one you find most comfortable.

How to Hem Sheer or Lightweight Fabrics

And that's all!  I hope you'll find as much use as I do with this easy but always stylish blouse.  Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions, or even to share your own projects.

Look out soon for the flutter sleeves on an A-line top project.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

P.S.

If you really love the look, I have another 3/4 sleeves boho blouse in our pattern collection.  It is really a tunic that a few of the readers have made with success. Keep in mind that this one does need a strapless bra. Check it out here.

Boho Chic Tunic Free Pattern Plus Tutorial

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37 Responses to 3/4 Sleeves Boho Blouse – Chic Casual Fridays

  1. Vasanti Pereira says:

    I would love to make this but I need it to fit chest 36 inches.

  2. Beth Hamburger says:

    I would like this make this, but I need it to fit a 34 bust.

  3. GreenDoor says:

    I went to download the pattern and saw that you provide an option to pay-what-you-wish. I was willing to pay a little bit since I’ve had such amazing success with so many of your free patterns but the platform wouldn’t take both my MasterCard and my Discover Card. Just wanted to point that out in case there’s a problem. I went back and downloaded it using the free option and am looking forward to trying it.

  4. Linda Holmes says:

    Love love love your pattern. Finally something for us big girls. It’s hard to find something that looks nice and fits good. I love your website and I’m going to download this pattern and definitely going to donate to your site. After all your hard work to make this pattern and then give it away for free it’s the least we can do is contribute. It would probably cost $15 to buy a pattern in the store. I don’t even have to leave my house. Thank you I enjoy your site. I look forward to the next one.

  5. Linda G says:

    Easy-looking, easy-sew blouse for summer with less need to adjust shoulder fit. Thanks.
    Just wondering, is there a reason to sew the side seams before attaching the sleeves? I have found it is usually easier, especially with raglan sleeves, to attach the sleeves to front and back pieces of the blouse while the main body of the garment is still flat. Next, finish the neckline, once again, while the main body can still stay flat. After finishing the sleeve attachment and the neckline, then sew the side seams from garment hem to sleeve hem in one long seam, pivoting at the underarm. Finish by sewing hem and sleeve hems. This sequence eliminates the need to match the underarm seam with the side seam, although the sleeve seams do need to be aligned at the underarm (which is usually easier to do).
    This method isn’t usually possible with very fitted garments, but this blouse looks like it is supposed to be loose-fitting, especially if the finished garment measurement for a size 10 bust is 42.75″.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hello Linda, you have just described the mass produced way of finishing a blouse. Either way works. I used the tailoring way. Whichever way you use the important thing is not to be distracted with the front and back. Yes, it is lose fitting hence the type of fabric I suggest. Flowy and fluid drape only. Kind Regards,

  6. Zuwena says:

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    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Nope, I do not have such advertising on the site. These type of advertising happens at your browser level and has to do with your history and cookies on your computer. CLean both and the ad will disappear. Kind Regards,

  7. Pamela says:

    OH GREAT. Now I have one million six hundred and thirty SEVEN projects. THANKS!!

  8. I love this top! I need to find the perfect fabric to make one of these.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      One with fluid drape such as rayon or silk back crepe. Let me know how you found the project. If you use Instagram please use #soseweasy I am sure to see it.

  9. Barb says:

    Is there a simple way to alter the pattern for a smaller size?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      There is but not so simple. IF I get enough interest I will share the top in 2 to 8.

      • R. M. Jackson says:

        Both my hands are up Mayra. 😀 (And those of hub and son as well – they would want to see me in a me-made top like this but I am not advanced enough to do the scaling on my own)

      • Diane says:

        That would be great as I am a 36 inch bust and was just wondering the same thing. Hope you get time as its a lovely top and here in Perth it sure does get hot. Thanks in advance.

  10. Ruth says:

    Hi there… How do I adjust for a size 4/6?

  11. Fran says:

    Looks so fabulous. Thank you. Do wonder how would I alter it to be a 6, please? I know take in the sides, but the neck, pleats, etc.? Thanks so much.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Fran, I will grade the top for the smaller gals, there is not enough space to explain how to do it. It is not hard but there are a couple of important checks you need to perform before you cut the fabric. I would have to show you with a lot of pictures or a video.

  12. Lieve Ongenae says:

    I love this shirt. When I look at the size chart I see size 10 has a bust measurement of 109cm. Is that finished measurement? I’m not used to US size measurements. TIA!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes, it is finished measurements. You need to use the right fabric otherwise it will add kilos to your silhouette.

  13. Dennis Hosszu says:

    This great My wife is staggered with projects. When she saw the bloose she liked it so much so I downloaded the patter and cut and taped it up. She loves it here comment was THANKS A LOT She will get some BUG print fabric tomorrow!

  14. Susan says:

    you must be reading my mind! Because, as someone who is NOT a size 10, I have been looking for a 3/4 sleeve blouse pattern lately. Could not find a nice one anywhere! Thank you so much for offering your patterns– especially ones I can print myself!

  15. charlotte says:

    love the blouse and look forward to sewing it. However, I could not use my credit card…site said it would not support the purchase, so I had to dive into my husband’s paypal account. (Win for me!) I just thought you might like to know my experience.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Thanks, Charlotte, not sure why was that. I will look into it. But, I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart.

  16. Kathy's ThreadsKathy says:

    What would be a good way to alter this so the neck won’t be too wide? Thanks

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You will have to raise the neckline. Stay tuned I have an easy way but need to make the top to share it with you.

  17. josye moulin says:

    bonsoir j’attends la semaine prochaine avec impatience pour cacher le petit bidou

  18. Christine says:

    I grew up in The Sixties, and I can’t help loving the ease of wearing Boho Chic : ) This blouse is perfect for cotton lawn or voile, I think. Can’t wait to make. Thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Indeed that is the perfect fabric for the blouse. Let me know how it turns out if you use Instagram use #soseweasy and I will not miss your post.

  19. Di Williams says:

    Thanks for sharing.☺

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