Today 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
Fold the pleats towards the center of the blouse.
Step Two: Sew The Sides
Sew the sides, I am using a 3/8″ then I use a zigzag to clean the seams.
Step Three: Sew The Darts And Sleeves
Sew the dart at the shoulders.
Then print side together sew the sides of the sleeves.
Pin the sleeves, aligning the sides of the sleeves to the sides seams of the blouse.
Sew 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.
Fold the tape and sew very close to the edge, in this way you are making both a tie and the neck binding.
Cut two strips of elastic wide enough to go around your arm but not tight.
Hem 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.
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!
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.