Those of you who are a bit older will certainly know it, the legendary love story from the 70s, produced by DEFA in the former GDR. The name Paula immediately set our minds on fire and we designed a pattern for this slightly romantic ruffled blouse for you. You have different ways of styling this blouse: casual with jeans, comfortable with Marlene trousers and suitable for business with a suit. Of course, the quilted ruffle with the tie at the neck is the decisive detail of Paula, but the wide bishop's sleeves with the elastic band are also a nice eye-catcher. The slit in the front middle seam provides the necessary cleavage, don't worry, all the details are not difficult to work with, but you should definitely bring a little sewing practice with you. Length at center back = 68-73 cm.
The beautiful, playful blouse Paula from these instructions was sewn from a thin cotton fabric with a viscose content.
We recommend soft flowing viscose, silk or polyester satin
|34-40||outer fabric||1.50 m||140cm wide|
|42-50||outer fabric||1.90 m||140cm wide|
|34-50||rubber band||0.50 m||1 cm wide|
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 piece in opposite directions
- 1x lower back in break
- 2x yoke of the back in break
- 1x sleeve opposite
- 2x tie straps
- 2x ruffle/ 4x ruffle
- 2 elastic bands for cuffs
Sew the blouse's darts by placing the snaps right sides together, marking the point and then sewing from the outside to the point. Shortly before you reduce the stitch length to 1.0-1.5mm, so you don't have to bartack the seam at the end. Iron the darts up.
On both front pieces, overcast the long edge from the slit, then place them right sides together and sew this seam together with your regular sewing machine. Iron the seam allowances apart.
Iron the two edges of the slit twice inwards by 1 cm each, so you get a smooth transition to the just closed center seam.
Stitch the edges of the slit close to the edge.
Using the marking on the pattern, gather the area of the lower back piece to the width of the bottom edge of the yoke.
Both yokes now enclose this upper edge with their right side. Sew all three layers of fabric together.
Iron the seam allowance in the direction of the yoke and topstitch the seam from the outside with a tight edge.
Place the back piece right sides together on the front piece and sew the shoulder seams...
... and then the side seams.
Iron the hem twice inwards by 1 cm and stitch it tightly.
Place the sleeve right sides together and sew its side seam.
Then iron the lower edge twice inwards by 1 cm. Leave a small opening when stitching.
Use a safety pin to pull the elastic through this opening.
Make sure that the elastic is not twisted on itself, sew its two ends together well, pull them back into the hem and close the small opening.
Repeat these steps with the other sleeve.
Your blouse is on the left, your sleeve on the right. Mark the side seam on the sleeve and the middle, upper point. These should now meet the side and shoulder seams of the blouse. Tuck the sleeves into the blouse, right sides together.
Sew around the sleeve cap and repeat on the other side.
Neat the neckline and iron it inward by 1cm. Step him down. At the beginning and end you fold the small corner inwards by 90°, so you get a clean finish here.
First iron the binding bands in the middle, then both open edges to this ironing edge and then again in the middle, so there are now four layers of fabric on top of each other that no longer have an open edge.
Fold the short ends inwards by 1cm and stitch the open sides.
Sew the two ruffle strips together on one narrow side - topstitch them twice in the middle with the longest straight stitch on your sewing machine at a distance of 5mm without overcasting the edges beforehand. Lock them
Don't sew, but gently tug on the lower threads so the ruffle gathers. Ruffle it so that it has the length of the neckline -2cm. (Should you have a fabric that has a strongly deviating wrong side,
take the ruffle in a double layer, then the right side of the fabric is visible inside and outside.
For this you have to cut the strip instead of 2 x - 4x)
Stitch the ruffle on the center outside of the neckline, starting 1cm from the edge of the slit and ending there on the other side as well. Then remove the gathering threads.
Finally, topstitch the ties on that extra centimeter.
This is how the finished upper part of your blouse looks. You can tie the ties into a nice bow when you wear it.
Congratulations, your blouse Paula is finished!