This is the secretary blouse pattern, an effortless and elegant weekend project. It's a simple design with a long history, but I won't go over it on this occasion. I am having one of the worst cases of flu I have ever had, so I need to make this tutorial a little shorter than usual.
This secretary blouse has a bow at the neckline that doubles as a scarf to keep you warm while adding a wonderful detail of elegance.
There's a vent at the neck so you do not have to deal with buttons or zippers.
Elastic at the wrists to keep the sleeves from getting in the way.
Gathers at the shoulders to keep with the current trend.
- 1 1/2 -2 yards of 60″ lightweight woven fabric (satin, rayon, charmeuse, printed batiste, silk back crepe)
- Thread to match
- 18″ to 21″ of 3/8″ or 1/2″ wide elastic
- 12 to 14″ of 1 3/8″ wide bias tape (depends on size)
- Sewing machine
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Sewing Skill: Intermediate
Intermediate means you can follow the instructions with no guidance, you have an undertanding of garment constructions but do not know the advance tailoring techniques.
Overall, this blouse is very easy to make. If you have done any of our previous blouse projects, you'll find this one pretty simple. But even if this is your first time sewing a blouse this is a great pattern to start with.
Fitting Your Secretary Blouse Pattern
I'm going to copy the same instructions that I gave in the office hours blouse pattern since the same things apply here:
The first thing you should understand about pattern making is that there are seven different sizing tables in use at the moment around the world. So the chances of you not having to make adjustments to your patterns are very small.
This blog is read in 144 different countries so S M L XL 2XL differs from country to country. I have done my best to share with you patterns that you can use, however, you may need to make adjustments to the pattern as you see fit.
The secretary blouse pattern is a semi-fitted blouse, meaning there should be 3 to 4 inches of room to move around, and it is best for the hourglass figure, rectangle and triangle figure. You will find that the bust and the hip measurements are the same.
Measure the length of the pattern to see if you will be happy with the length.
Measure your bust, and compare it with the finished garment measurements leaving room for ease.
For Size XL and 2XL measure your bicep and compare it to the sleeve to make sure you have enough room for your arm.
The most important detail in this blouse is that the shoulder seam is actually at your shoulder. So before you cut the fabric measure your shoulder and compare it with the pattern and make sure you choose the right size for your body.
|Length||25 1/2″||26 1/4″||27″||27 3/4″||28 1/2″|
How To Make Your Secretary Blouse
Step One: Making The Slit And Gathering The Front
Slash the front of the top ” to 7″, depending on your taste.
Apply a bias tape on the opening, I am using an off white color for the purpose of this tutorial. My preference would be to make a bias tape of the same fabric as the blouse.
Working on the right side of the fabric, open the bias tape and sew on the first crease of the tape fold and sew again using a stay on the ditch technique.
Gather the front using the proper way to gather fabric technique.
Concentrating the gathers close to the slit, spread the gather 2 1/2″ from the edge.
Step Two: Sewing The Front And Back
Right side together, sew the blouse at the shoulders then serge.
Step Three: Attaching The Sleeves
The sleeves are very similar to the office blouse including the elastic at the wrists. All the gathers will be concentrated two inches from the shoulder seam. Attach the sleeve to the blouse and sew at 5/8″.
Sew the sleeves from the wrist to the armhole to the side all the way to the hem.
Step Four: Adding The Bow Tie
Lay the fabric in a single layer, the selvage will be on the and bottom.
Fold the fabric bringing the right corner to the top selvage.
Cut a bias tape 40″ long and 10 ” wide on the double.
Sew the bias strip at 5/8″. Iron the seam allowance.
Fold the band lengthwise and mark the center. Pin the center C to the center back of the blouse (print sides together) and sew from the center to point A. Then sew from the center to point B.
This part is a bit tricky. Sew the band from the tip to the neckline all the way to the shoulder seam. Turn the band right side out. Repeat on the other side.
All that's left now is to sew the neckline. I prefer to close it using a needle and thread using a whip stitch.
Step Five: Adding The Elastic And Making The Hem
Add the elastic to the sleeves as we did in the office blouse. Hemming this blouse will depend on what type of fabric you are using. I serged the bottom and folded the hem once. There are other ways to do this please check this tutorial for your own knowledge.
Thank you for taking the time to check out this Secretary blouse pattern. Many people seem to like making the blouses so I think I will make one in cotton voile with polka dots pattern for the upcoming video. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below and I will address them in the video.
See you next time, and Happy Sewing!
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