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How to make blouses for women
Learn how to make blouses for women by replicating your favorite top
Learn how to make blouses and the pattern from your favorite top.
Here you can learn how to replicate your favorite tops from the material you choose in easy steps with photos. You do not need very much equipment or need to be an expert sewer.
Use your blouse to be part of your full outfit or accompany it with some accessories to complete the look.
I should point out that this isn't me showing you how to make blouses, this is my girlfriend (a very talented individual fashion designer) who has been making her own clothes for some time and has studied fashion and currently does the window displays for some top retailers. At this moment in time she would like to remain anonymous though. When she is ready we will link to some of her exclusive ranges, but for now.....
We are starting here with an easy top or blouse, with no zips or elastic. One of the most important things to replicate your favorite top is to use the same type of material. Therefore if it is stretchy, use stretchy material, if not, use material that isn't. The pattern and color is your choice.
Image: by peterb6001, all images on this page are our personal images with exception to Amazon or eBay photos.
What do Il need to make a blouse?
- Your favorite top to copy the pattern
- Enough Material to make the blouse
- A large piece of paper
- Tailor Chalk
- Tape Measure
- Thread and needles
- Sewing Machine
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How to make a top pattern for the front of your top or blouses for women
This is the first step in my how to make blouses for women guide.
First you need to to make a pattern for your blouse.
Simply take a large sheet of paper and fold your favorite top in half and place it on top of the paper.
In the image on the right is a blouse folded in half, and the blouse pattern made earlier to the right of the blouse.
Pin the top or blouse along the strait edge of the paper and around the sides, securing it to the paper.
Now roughly draw around the blouse or top onto the paper to give you the general shape. The neckline should be copied and the back line, as shown on the pre made pattern.
Once the outline is drawn you can now cut along the line on the paper to create your pattern like the one on the right hand side of the photo.
Image: Blouse Pattern, by peterb6001
Cutting the front of the blouse - A blouse can be made in two parts, the front and the back
Take your material and fold it in half so that it is doubled. Now pin the paper blouse pattern that you have prepared to the fabric.
Draw around the paper with your tailor chalk onto the fabric leaving approximately an inch around each side.
Cut along the tailor chalk lines.
For the front of the blouse you should cut along the neck line that you had marked (see the marked red line in the first image, and the last two photos above are folding and cutting the neck line).
Image: Making the front of the top, by peterb6001
Cutting the back of the blouse around the pattern
Again, fold your material so that it is doubled and pin your blouse pattern to the material.
Draw around the pattern with the tailor chalk on to the material, leaving an inch spare.
Cut along the tailor chalk.
This time cut around the full outline ignoring the neck line.
Image: The back line of the blouse, by peterb6001
Now you have the front and back fabrics ready - You can simply sew the front to the back, but first.....
So now you should have two pieces of fabric doubled over looking something like this.
Add the pleats for the breasts - Breast pleats should be added to the front blouse fabric
How to make breast pleats on a blouse
Image: Breast Pleats, by peterb6001
Adding pleats for the breasts makes your blouse look more natural to the shape of the body.
Pleats are only needed for non elasticated material, this is because the pleat will make the fabric curve.
To do this, take the piece of fabric for the front of the blouse. On the inside measure two inches down from the bottom of the armpit. You can copy the original top as shown in the photos above.
Make a pleat by folding 2 inches of fabric and fading about 4 inches across the blouse. This triangular affect will stop your blouse from pushing and squashing your breasts and you can play a little with the sizes to get the perfect fit for you.
Obviously do this on both the right and left of the fabric that is for the front of the blouse.
Sew the front blouse fabric to the back blouse fabric
Here you can either use a sewing machine or sew by hand.
Set your sewing machine to single seam with the color cotton of your choice.
Sew all around the edge joining the front and back fabrics.
Leave about half an inch so that afterwards you can put a hem all the way around.
Image: Sewing the front to the back, by peterb6001
Try it on to check the fit and now sew the hem
So you should now have something that forms the shape of a blouse being a little ragged around the edges.
To make the hem around the edges simply fold over a small amount of the fabric into the inside of the blouse.
Put in pins where necessary to help you do this.
Try to create as strait a line as possible and sew the overlap from the inside all the way around the blouse.
The blouse is now ready to wear without any extras such as zips, buttons or a tulle.
Image: by peterb6001
A strip of transparent material was added to the middle of the back of the blouse but this is only a little extra and we can go into more detail on the extras on other pages.
So in less than 1 hour you have a new blouse, this one made out an old skirt. Time to let your imagination run a little wild. Up next we will be doing the easiest skirts and accessories.
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150 pins to tack your fabric to your paper
A selection of different colored sewing threads for your fabrics
Here are some tailor chalks. If you have never heard of them they look like big guitar plectrums, to mark your fabric, and will last for a long long time.
A big thank you has to be given to the talented designer who made this blouse and let me take photos.As soon as I can I will show you some exclusives here from her, so keep checking back for more of her patterns.