Free Pattern Month Day 1 - The Sew Convert: The Sunny Resort Blouse Pattern

April 25, 2011

(Today's featured pattern above see below for tutorial)
I found Adey of The Sew Convert through my flickr group. I believe the first thing she ever posted was her Merry-Go-Round Jumper back in July 2010 (featured below) and I fell in love. Since then she's made SO MANY more amazing dresses, blouses, shorts, etc. She never ceases to amaze! Seriously. She's talented.
Not to mention prolific!
Adey, is a former kids’ television channel manager turned stay home mum. She gets the name of her blog from her 'conversion' to sewing.
Says Adey, "I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy."

"Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 4 day sewing class from an American lady living in Singapore. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since. Now, I’m a busy fabric crazy mum of two!"
 Now without further ado, I would like to introduce Free Pattern Month's FIRST pattern: The Sunny Resort Blouse Pattern courtesy of Adey of The Sew Convert!
This pattern is fabulous for a vacation to the Greek isles or a weekend to the farmer's market. I love the way Adey used a white trim on the orange fabric.

Materials Required
Fabric: I would recommend light weight fabrics such as cotton voile, lawn, gauze, lace or chiffon. The yardage depends on how long you want the blouse to be. I am 5 feet 7 and used one meter of fabric. The width of the fabric determines the length of the sleeves.

This blouse variation adapted from my 1-hour Kaftan tutorial is finished with bias tape instead of facings and comes with loopholes for a belt. You can use any belt or make your own by refering to my belt tutorial at

Embellishments (Optional) and contrasting bias tape
Scissors, Thread, Pins, Erasable Fabric Marker and Measuring Tape
A top/tee with round neckline

See diagram for reference through steps.

 Step 1: Identify the Shoulder ‘Seam’
Fold your fabric into half (selvedges at the sides) and iron. The fold you have just ironed will be your shoulder ‘seam’. Use an erasable fabric marker to mark the centre of the shoulder ‘seam’. Cut the fabric across the shoulder seam.You now have one front piece and one back piece. Place your tee over the fabric, matching centre of tee to centre mark on fabric as shown.
Step 2: Create the neckline (also see pics below)
Place pins around the front neckline of your tee. Use the erasable marker to mark points on the fabric. Join the points with the erasable marker. That is your front neckline. Match the back centre of the tee to the centre mark and trace your back neckline.

Step 3: Create sleeves
Measure the widest part of your hip/ bust (whichever might be wider). For instance, mine is 37” so take 37”+3”/ 4=10”. From the middle of the front piece, measure 10” to each side (total 20”) and mark. You need to mark at two points. First, right at the bottom of the fabric (Point A) and second at the armhole level (Point B).

Step 4 (below two pics): Using a fabric marker, draw an arc from Point A to the top corners. Repeat for the back. Now your cut fabric pieces should look like these.

Step 5: Pin and sew bias tape around the front and back necklines. Add any embellishment or trim as you wish.
Step 6: Join shoulder seams
Sew the front and back shoulder seams together, right side facing.
Step 7: Pin and sew bias tape along both sides of the joint front/ back piece
Step 8: Create Armhole
Measure yourself from the shoulder seam to below your armpit and add an inch. If you are making this for someone else, you can also measure her tee and add an inch. Measure from the shoulder seam of the Kaftan, mark this point. It is the base of the armhole. Mark the point where the base of your armhole meets Point B.
Step 9: Draw the lines down the Kaftan (or you could pin needles like I did) on both sides below the armhole mark meeting their respective Point A. Pin and stitch along the drawn lines, down the front of the fabric, catching the back fabric.

Step 10 (below two pics): Finishing the hem and create belt ‘loophole’
Finish the hem. Put on your new blouse and mark the point at the narrowest part of your waist. Ensure that it is wider than your belt buckle.
Step 11: Create ‘loophole’ for belt using your buttonhole foot. Insert the belt.
Wipe off all the markings you have made cos’ you are done!



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27 {comments}:

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! Such a great way to start the month.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE it! Definitely bookmarking this to make!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm gonna make it right now for my upcoming holidays!

April said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! I saw something similar in Elle magazine a while back, and really wanted to make it, but the sleeves where square which I was not crazy about and I couldn't figure how to change them. This is soooo much better! I can't wait to get the time to try this. Very talented lady! I definately need to check out her blog! Thanks for hosting this!

Debi said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it!! I adore Adey's sewing!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just beautiful... very chic! I need to get some fabric for this one. Thank you so much for this series!

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said... Best Blogger Tips

gorgeous - truly! Nice work!!! I would have to move the buttonholes for an empire waist blouse to fit me right now at 8 months preggo, but love it!

Christie // lemon squeezy home said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful work! I love all those pictures of things she's made--very talented!

Eileen said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute. Thanks for hosting this, this is such a cute top to start the month (and summer!).

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love how chic this shirt looks and the pattern is so easy to follow! Thanks!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! Thank you!

ByNightCreations said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! As everything she makes!

Fawn said... Best Blogger Tips

I am leaving for Hawaii in 1 week. My hubby and I are staying at the Marriot resort. I am going to make this to take with me! I can't wait to sport it around and show it off =D

Su said... Best Blogger Tips

This is simply gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial, I will definitely be bookmarking

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the idea, so excited!

Cold Oatmeal and Purple Cows said... Best Blogger Tips

I can do this. I can. I know I can! Can't wait to get fabric for this! (of course nothing I have will do...)

JT said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE Adey's blog and have been following it for awhile, so I'm so glad that you featured her pattern!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for having me Kathleen, it's such an honor! Can't wait to see the versions created from this tute! And am so excited to see the rest of the posts for Free Pattern month!

lastdogz said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing! I hope I get a chance to make this soon.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! thank you to sewconvert and grosgrain for hosting this month of fab patterns, am looking forward to seeing the rest!

Ai Dihayco said... Best Blogger Tips

oh la la! this is great :-D have to do this...heheh!

Mary Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

Resembles an expensive pattern in the current Vogue Patterns catalog...I would just add you want to stabilize the neckline first with some stitching. Otherwise, it could stretch out. I would also add some kind of stitching on the raw edges of the belt holes. They will fray.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

@MB: Thanks for the inputs! Actually, the belt holes won't fray as they are made using a buttonhole foot and sewed as an elongated buttonhole. hope that clarifies :)


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips


Hi there! Thanks for the inputs, the belt holes will not fray was they are made using the buttonhole foot and sewed very much like an elongated buttonhole. Hope that clarifies:)

Ali said... Best Blogger Tips

So I didn't put a belt in either of the two I made yesterday, but this gave me a great idea for a beautiful knit I had (which turned out great), and I'd made a test garment in a white sturdy knit that is turning out pretty well too - thank you for the inspiration!

Shiloh Mae said... Best Blogger Tips

I've begun to cut my fabric! I *will* make it work. Mine will (if all goes well) be light, satiny blue. :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

An easy way would I try it Thank you

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