The Raglan sleeve blouse pattern is the perfect simple, easy, and free tutorial to get you to practice your sewing skills and advance to the next level. This blouse is for woven fabrics, but you can use a knit with a horizontal stretch if you want to.
I feel like my sewing mojo has been lacking lately, so I wanted to work on a project that was easy enough, yet still useful. If you are feeling as I do, this is the perfect project to get you back on track and end up with a blouse that is sure to get you cool in the warmer months.
This project has short sleeves for the warm weather ahead,
a scooped neck,
and is long enough to cover your backside.
It also has an optional keyhole detail to practice attaching bias tape.
Sewing Level: Confident Beginner
Please read Five mistakes to avoid when cutting fabric before you start this project. It's a good way to avoid some potentially costly mistakes.
- cotton batiste, lawn, eyelet, silk, satin or jersey, bamboo or linen knit
- bias tape 3/8″ wide
- thread to match
- sewing machine or hand needle
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The following measurements are for woven fabrics only, allow 2″ more is using knits with 50% stretch.
How To Print The Raglan Sleeve Blouse Pattern
Please use the latest version of Adobe Reader. It is free and the only program you will need to print this pattern. Use Landscape mode and Actual Size. Do not scale the pattern.
Print the first page first to test the 2″ x 2″ square to make sure the sizing is correct before printing out all the other pages.
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This is a very easy blouse to put together. The seam allowance is NOT included in the pattern, I suggest using a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Attach the bias tape around the keyhole. You can follow the tutorial below on how to sew a keyhole neckline for detailed instructions on how to do this.
Sew the darts and the sides of the blouse. While the tutorial below shows how to sew darts using a skirt. The same technique can be used to sew the darts in this blouse.
Sew the sleeves at the arm's length. Place the front and back of the sleeves together print sides facing each other and sew using a small to medium stitch. Make sure you keep a strict sewing allowance or you will change the size of the sleeve.
Open the sleeve, and notice one side is higher than the other.
The lower side is the front and the higher one is the back. Match the sleeve to the blouse at the seamline. Pin the sleeve and sew. Serge the seam allowance.
Attach the bias tape around the neckline.
Hem the sleeve and the bottom of the blouse. I am used to working with different ways to do the hem. I'll leave you the article down here so you can choose the easiest way to do your hem.
For the sleeves I used the serged the sleeve hemline then I folded the edge twice.
And that's all.
I think you will be surprised by how nice of a finished product you will get with so little time invested. I've found that the upper beginner to the intermediate stage is the most fun part of your sewing journey, as all these techniques you've learned slowly come together into a fun variety of projects.
I am looking forward to seeing your take on this raglan sleeve blouse pattern on your Instagram accounts or any other social media that you use. I am always so very happy to hear from you!
Stay tuned for more projects and articles, And Until Next Time, Happy Sewing! Let's keep the world together one stitch at a time.