Short summer blouses like the Meret blouse pattern show a very youthful and playful style. The round neckline, which is relatively close to the neck, opens through a small slit with a button and eyelet in the center back. The sleeves are narrow up to the attached ruffles, whose “little heads” are on the outside and thus the focus is on the sleeves. Not everyone likes blouses that end at the waist, but from a fashion point of view you can't avoid these shapes.
In this example, the short summer blouse Meret was sewn from a fine lace fabric made of polyamide.
Cut the pattern pieces out of fabric and transfer the notches from the pattern. In addition to the description, the colorful brackets in the pictures show you where a seam needs to be sewn.
- 1x front part in break
- 1x back in break
- 1x upper sleeve opposite
- 2x lower sleeve (ruffle)
- 1x strip for the neckline
- 1x strip for the back slit
- 1x small piece for the eyelet
- 1 button
From size 42 there is a bust dart in the pattern. Since this blouse was sewn in size 36, the dart is shown on a different fabric. The principle is exactly the same. Use a trick marker that disappears again with heat (ironing) and draw the dart on the wrong side of the fabric on both sides of the front part.
To make this easier for you to see, I drew red lines on the image. Mark the tip of the dart with a needle.
Now fold back the fabric below the line so that the lines are exactly on top of each other. This is also marked with a red line. Pin the dart securely and sew it in place exactly on the line. Start at the side seam and use a very small stitch towards the end of the tip so you don't have to bar tack the seam.
When you sew the side seams of the front and back together later, make sure that the dart is facing up and doesn't slip.
Lay the back in front of you. In the upper area is the slit that you drew in using the pattern. This is now edged with the bias tape.
To do this, place the bias binding with its right side on the wrong side of the back fabric around the slit. Pin it firmly and sew it on with a very tight seam allowance. Then fold in the bias binding up to the seam...
... and then you fold it over the seam so that it disappears completely in the strip. The point of the slit is sewn from the wrong side of the fabric as a small fold.
This way you get a clean result. Place the front piece right sides together on the back piece and sew both the shoulder seams...
... as well as the side seams.
Then prepare the strip for the neckline by folding the two short ends inwards around the seam allowance. Then fold the strip in the middle left sides together and pin it in place. Ironing is also very helpful here, depending on the type of fabric.
Now pin the strip right sides together onto the neckline and sew this seam. Then you cut back the seam allowance in the curve and snap it in so that the curve lies nicely. Bring the seam inside and...
... fold the strip over the seam and stitch it with a gap of 0.7 cm. On the right side you attach the small fabric eyelet before sewing.
Because you tucked in the small edges, these are now neatly sewn up at the slit and you don't have any open edges. You can sew a small button on the left side of the slit either now or at the very end. Now it's the turn of the sleeves. Place each of the four sleeve pieces right sides together and sew all side seams.
Hem the ruffle (lower sleeve piece) by turning the hem inwards twice for 1cm and stitching. The top edge of the ruffle is ironed inwards using the clip. Then gather the upper edge at a distance of 1 cm with the longest stitch length.
Pull the threads until they fit inside the upper sleeve. Distribute the gathering evenly. Here you can see that you have so much fabric left over from the ruffled head that you only sew this, but not the ruffled head itself, to the upper sleeve.
Now place the ruffle in the sleeve so that the seam allowance with the ruffle head is sewn to the lower edge of the upper sleeve, right sides together. Repeat these steps for the other sleeve. Then the sleeve is placed right sides together in the sleeve cap so that the seam of the sleeve meets the side seam of the blouse and the middle of the sleeve meets the shoulder seam. Close the seam.
Hem your blouse by turning the hem twice inwards by 1 cm and stitching. Sew on the button.
Congratulations, your Meret blouse is complete!