So excited to introduce you all to my newest sewing pattern: the Dove blouse!
I am absolutely obsessed with statement sleeves these days, and really wanted to create a pattern with amazing sleeve cuffs, but with enough special details that it’s still gorgeous without cuffs.
The pattern features a loose fit, french darts, v neckline, curved hemline with beautiful facings, and three sleeve options. Version 1 is a blouse with elbow length sleeves. Version 2 is a blouse with flared sleeves. Version 3 is a blouse with bell sleeves.
My idea with this pattern is for there to be something for everyone. Want to go full on bohemian? Choose version 3 and rock out those sleeves babe. Want something a little different but still quite subtle? Choose version 2 and you’re set. Just looking for a pretty blouse you can wear anywhere? Choose version 1 and make the hemline, neckline and darts the focus!
This blouse also looks quite different based on your fabric choice. It can be a more casual weekend garment, or with the right fabric choice, it can be just perfect for work or going out for dinner with your love.
This pattern is a great skill builder and since there are a lot of new techniques covered in this pattern, I’ve decided to hold a sewalong so I can provide you all with extra step by step instructions and hold your hand the whole way!
The sewalong will start in the next week, after i share with you some gorgeous pattern tester makes!
Here’s what we’ll be covering in the Dove blouse sewalong:
- How to sew French darts
- Sewing the side seams and centre front seam (And how to eliminate the centre front seam)
- How to sew perfect neckline facings
- Three ways to finish the raw edges of a facing
- How to sew attach flared cuffs
- How to set sleeves
- How to sew a narrow sleeve hem
- How to sew a curved hemline with facings
Now though this blouse is shown untucked in all my images, so that you can fully see the hemline details, it still works really well tucked in, making it a super versatile piece.
This pattern is currently only available as a PDF while we finalise our next print pattern release – but the good news is that our PDF patterns come with both a print at home and a large format copy shop version, as well as free access to your pattern instructions through the Megan Nielsen Patterns app.
As always please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!