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Oversized blouse with front drape

4.5/5

A classy shirt with a trendy twist: you could sew it in silk crepe or satin for something dressy or in cotton, linen or viscose for an easier version. They would all look great!

Also, this blouse can be easily dressed up or down according to the occasion: pencil skirt and heels for something formal, jeans and sneakers for a weekend trip.

To draft the pattern, start from a basic block with darts and regular ease (8 to 10cm at bust, as we will change it later).

Step 1

Trace a copy of your basic block to the waist and make sure front and back measurements of waist and bust are even (i.e. do not shift the side seam towards back as we do on fitted dresses).

Raise back shoulder line by 1cm and extend it outwards by 8 to 10cm.

Drop front shoulder by 1cm and extend it outwards by the same amount added on back.

Step 2

On both back and front, drop armhole by 8 to 10cm and widen bust circumference at the new armpit point by at least 4 to 5cm.

Redraw back and front armholes.

Step 3

On front, draw 2 parallel lines 1,5cm apart from center front, one inwards and one outwards. This 3cm space is the button stand.

Make it 5 to 6cm shorter than waistline, then redraw front hemline.

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