Summer Sewing ~ The Pretty Blouse

on June 12 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 202 Comments

Amanda from The Modern Marigold blog and shop created this lovely summer design for you. Her Pretty Blouse PDF Pattern + Tutorial has everything you need to make a light, fun top for summer. Check out Amanda’s introduction for more info about her work, visit Amanda at The Modern Marigold and download the pattern today!

Time to whip up an easy breezy summer top… For you! The Pretty Blouse’s shape is summery and feminine while offering plenty of coverage (plumber booty no more) and flattering the bust. You’re gonna love it.

Options abound: lengthen it and add a belt for a sweet summer dress, add a lace overlay for extra elegance, or embroider plain white cotton for a Mexican peasant-style top. How awesome would this top look tie-dyed?

Use a fabric that fits your fancy: light-as-air voile, that funky vintage bed sheet you’ve been hoarding, a thrifted too-big dress (I made the orange top out of a thrifted mumu!), or whatever’s handy and drapes nicely.

You’ll be printing the PDF pattern and taping each pattern piece together, so get your scissors and scotch tape ready. The pattern is provided in women’s sizes small, medium, and large (see measurement chart in PDF). If you need it bigger or smaller, you can always fudge the pattern pieces a little as you cut them out. I have not provided detailed instructions for every technique called for, but here’s a list of great tutorials/refreshers:

Making bias tape

      (see step 2)

Zig-zag finishing raw edges
Sewing on bias tape

Fabric requirements, cutting layout, sizing chart, and sewing instructions are all in the PDF– Let’s get sewing! Hope you love your pretty blouse!

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202 Responses to Summer Sewing ~ The Pretty Blouse

  1. Anne says:

    Aw, man, this is so cute and would look soooo awful on me. I hate when I see cute free patterns like this and get all excited until I realize that I would hate it on me no matter how beautiful it was sewn.

  2. Laura says:

    Downloaded it, put it together, cut it out as a nightgown. When I saw that seam allowance was 1/4 inch, I enlarged it, thinking I’d have trouble sticking to the smaller seam width. Not a problem. My nightgown, a UFO for so long that the original pattern disintegrated, is conplete except for the hem. This is a wonderful pattern.

  3. Megan says:

    Now that is something I would wear! Lovely.

  4. Susie H. says:

    This one is definitely top of the list to make! Super cute!

  5. Gina.S says:

    Thank for the pattern! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Shell says:

    Love it! Going to be my first summer sew.

  7. Casey says:

    I’ve been on a top sewing binge lately, so I sure do appreciate this lovely pattern! Thanks!

  8. susie says:

    Thanks for the great pattern.

  9. Ginger says:

    opps should have said Kerry on 6/13

  10. Ginger says:

    I have the same problem as Kelly did on 6/13. The one inch test square in the PDF is printing at 1.25รขโ‚ฌยณ, not 1รขโ‚ฌยณ. Is the scale correct at 100% or do I need to shrink it so that it comes out to 1รขโ‚ฌยณ? I’ve made tons of pdf patterns before and never encountered this. Thanks so much.

  11. Becki says:

    I wonder if this will work for a large bust. It looks rather comfortable.

  12. Susan V. says:

    So cute–can’t wait to make it! Thanks for the free pattern.

  13. Laura says:

    Love this pattern! I’m taking my laptop to the printer as we speak. Just filled up the printer cartridges yesterday so I can print out more patterns and tutorials!!!

  14. Mak Teh says:

    love love love the top.a good reason to take out my sewing machine from under the bed.

  15. Ramzi says:

    I have recently gone back to my sewing machine and I have being looking for a top like this to make for the summer. This is spot on!! I shall be making loads of them in as many colours as I can!! It is such a falttering style for women of all shapes and sizes!! Well done Amanda and SMS:-)

  16. hueisei says:

    Downloaded the pattern. Will love to try it..

  17. tina says:

    Brilliant! Reminds me of a pattern I attempted in home ec in the early 70s. Love the adaptable style.

  18. Jenelle says:

    Great pattern! I’ve been looking forward to this one ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks SMS and Amanda

  19. Kathie Jones says:

    This is a fantastic pattern that appeals to ALL ages and body types. Simply by varying the fabric and combinations it will go with any style that you want to rock!

  20. angela d. says:

    this looks great! I’ll definitely try it out.

  21. Charlotte says:

    Very cute pattern! Now that the weather’s finally warming up, it’s time to abandon the long sleeves!

  22. karen peachey says:

    popped in from the modern marigold. What a darling bouse!

  23. Stephanie says:

    Great pattern! I like how you’ve taken trouble spots into consideration… I’m sure I’ll be trying this soon.

  24. Rachel says:

    I think I got it!! For some reason it was printing some of them smaller than others and cutting off some of it. But I played with it enough and I think I got it!! Thank you very much for such a pretty pattern! Can’t wait to make me a new summer top!!!

  25. Rachel says:

    I cant seem to get the pattern to print correctly… I have scaled it down and got the test square at one inch…. but half of the pages are printing much smaller scale…. how do I get them to match up?

  26. Meeling says:

    Love the upcycled orange mumu…looks fabulous!!

  27. Beby says:

    Ho, hello new summer favorite, I hope to have enough time to sew one or two of you very soon… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Lisa says:

    This is a really cute pattern–I hope I can try it out sometime soon. Thanks.

  29. Chelsea says:

    This top is so cute! I even have some fabric I’ve been hoarding… But I was supposed to be plowing through summer reading this week, not sewing!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing.

  30. Marcia W. says:

    This is a very cute pattern.

  31. Katrina H says:

    thanks for the great pattern!

  32. Virginia says:

    So cute! I can’t wait to make one!

  33. kerrie says:

    I love the concept of this top and the flattering (to moms!) shape ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Sarah B says:

    Looks lovely and comfortable ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Tara says:

    I LOVE this!

  36. Angela Matias says:

    Thank you for sharing this pattern! I cannot wait to get one made!

  37. Carrie says:

    Super cute!

  38. amy smart says:

    Amanda!! You rock. I totally need to make one of these. Every summer I tell myself I am going to make some cute summer tops (and try to bust through my ridiculous fabric stash). Okay, this is the year I am doing it!

  39. Kara says:

    What a lovely blouse! I think I need to make one. And I might downsize it to make one for my five year old as well!

  40. Joanna says:

    It’s a very pretty top. Looks great in the orange.

  41. Molly says:

    I might have to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Heather Joy says:

    This looks comfy and cool, perfect for summer!

  43. Julie says:

    I really like this pattern. Thanks. I will have to try it for myself.

  44. Stephanie S says:

    Such a comfy looking top!

  45. Margie Bennett says:

    Very pretty! I also can’t wait to make one. I have the perfect fabric to whip up a nice summer top!!

  46. Joen says:

    This top is adorable! I love the fabric choices in the first version looks so bohemian and comfy. I’m gonna check my stash and see what I have to hand that I could use. Thanks for the pattern!

  47. georgia says:

    Fun! Thanks for the lovely pattern!

  48. Crystal says:

    I just might be inspired to sew for myself again after more than 30 years away from it! Thanks for sharing your project.

  49. Kelli says:

    I love versatile patterns and this looks great for summer! Thanks, so much!

  50. Morgan says:

    Ooh that is pretty!

  51. Beth says:

    What a sweet blouse. I’ll add it to my ever growing list of summer sewing projects!

  52. Michelle says:

    what a cute top

  53. I’ve been so frustrated with the selection of tops at the stores (for prices I’d be willing to spend!) This pattern is PERFECT! exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  54. Abby says:

    This top looks so comfy!

  55. Heidi Anderson says:

    Very sweet. This is a great pattern for my first attempt at clothes!

  56. Jennyroo says:

    Love the repurposed muumuu!!!

  57. Chrissy says:

    I am so excited to try this! I never so for myself!

  58. Temima says:

    Pretty! But I think this style only works for people with narrow hips…

  59. Alli says:

    Ooh, with all these fun clothes patterns popping up, I’m gooooing to give it a shot sometime…! ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Mhairi says:

    I wish it were summer here so I could wear this top. Oh well I guess I have 4 months to get it made before it is how enough again.

  61. Holly u says:

    I’m just starting to feel brave enough to make garments for myself again. This looks like a great place to start!

  62. Susanne says:

    Lovely dresses ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Rebecca Holmes says:

    This looks great. I LOVE this pattern.
    We’ve been talking about it on DSD (diaper sewing divas – in the hot seamstress mamas forum). Can’t wait to sew it up! Thanks for sharing.

  64. rachel says:

    I rarely sew for myself, but I think I might give this a go!

  65. bruinbr says:

    Great pattern! Can’t wait to try it!

  66. brenda says:

    I will definitely be trying this top.

  67. Vicente says:

    Great summer top. Tempted to make one this weekend to deal with the heat.

  68. Mama Lusco says:

    Thank you! Great top.

  69. beverly says:

    such a cute top! thanks for the tutorial!

  70. N. Perez says:

    How wonderful! Another pretty blouse pattern to my summer sewing-to-do list. Thank you so much for all the inspiration.

  71. Cute and comfy looking top!

  72. Crystal says:

    With a long torso and short stubble legs this design is perfect for me.. Plus i can use up some leftover fabric i have laying around.Thanks.

  73. KatieV says:

    Love this! Downloaded and looking for fabric now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. I love this top! It’s a perfect beginning maternity top, too! You know, when you’re not really showing but just feel super bloated. Awesome!

  75. Amy says:

    Thanks for the wonderful pattern and tutorial, I can hardly wait to adjust it onto a shirt for my daughter.

  76. Sarah says:

    I love this blouse! So can’t wait to make it!

  77. Ng Lay Yen says:

    This is a lovely summer top ! Hope to make one for myself real soon. Thanks for the free PDF pattern and tutorial.

  78. Wren says:

    So cute! I’ve been thinking I needed something soft and comfortable this summer. I’m so tired of knit shirts and t-shirts.

  79. Addy says:

    Beautiful! Thanks so much!

  80. Christine says:

    Thanks for the PDF. You’re right. It is a pretty blouse.

  81. Stacey says:

    Now I know what to do with that wonderously colored ‘hippie dress’ I got at a thrift store. Thank you!

  82. CJ says:

    Cute top! Thanks for sharing the pattern with us.

  83. dianne mitzel says:

    I love this darling pattern, I am an extra large, but I know I could fudge on this and make it fit. all the examples were great, especially the bright orange!!

  84. VickiT says:

    Very cute blouse and wow ~ what an awesome pdf you created for us too. That’s wonderful. Now to find someone skinny that can wear this. LOL Kidding …… I might try to make one of these for my son’s GF or my other son’s fiancee if I can figure out how I’d alter to make this for an almost 7 month pregnant belly.
    Of course, I can make one for her after our new grandbaby comes along too.
    Thank you so much for such a wonderful tutorial and cute blouse.

  85. Janet K says:

    Very cute! I am a complete beginner with garments, and your pattern instructions are very clear! I’m tempted, but not sure the cut will flatter me. Maybe with a very drapey fabric.

  86. Cinnamon says:

    This is sooo timely! I just bought some gorgeous gauzy fabric but had no pattern for it. The top is just perfect!

  87. Danielle says:

    What a fun and funky top. Love it.

  88. Andi says:

    This is just what I need! I love the idea of embroidering some plain white cotton, I just might have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  89. Liz says:

    What a lovely pattern – thank you! Even though it’s winter here it’s actually the perfect time to get stuck in with a project like this so it’s all ready when summer arrives.

  90. Carmen says:

    So perfect, and so versatile! Thanks a lot:)

  91. Crystal H. says:

    Just what I was looking for – thanks for sharing!

  92. Shelly says:

    Lovely – thanks so much for the pattern!

  93. very pretty, and would be a good piece even into fall!

  94. Kelly says:

    Lovley!!!! I can’t wait to try! I also got your e-mail of the new fabric hoo’s in the forest is AMAZING.. I’m on a search right not to find a cute pattern to make something for my daughter.. I’m thinking Ruffles with the plaid and a cute peasant top with the Trees and strawberries!

  95. Jill says:

    i haven’t sewn actual clothes in a long time, but this post and design has inspired me. i think i will try to make this top – i may evenmake a muslin. i’ll let you know how it turns out. and thanks!

  96. April says:

    Thank you for this pattern! It is exactly right for me. Beautifully designed and beautifully presented.

  97. Steph says:

    Very cute–looks like it would even be flattering on my boyish figure!

  98. Dorian says:

    I love this shirt. It’s adorable.

  99. Amanda says:

    Cute top! I wish I was a bit more confident with my sewing skills to try fudging a larger size (but alas, I’m not there yet!)

  100. sarah Markos says:

    love this!

  101. brittany says:

    that orange one is gorgeous and so summery!!

  102. Kate C. says:

    Cool pattern- thanks!

  103. Laura says:

    The first one id gorgeous! I love the fabric combinations!!

  104. Rachel says:

    Oh, I have just the bedsheet to make this with! Can’t wait!

  105. Bonnie says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a shirt just like this! Thank you for the pattern and tutorial. LOVE it!

  106. Gina Shelley says:

    I’ve steered clear of making clothes, but the tops are so flattering that I’m tempted to give it a try!

  107. heather says:

    so many options–looks gorgeous in all your selections!

  108. kelli says:

    Pretty top! I’ll have to find some wonderful fabric…

  109. Tabitha says:

    I love this blouse! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  110. ~Michelle~ says:

    such a cute pattern! love that the orange is from a moo-moo, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. jm says:

    Can I make this? I think I can, I think I can…

  112. Kerry says:

    Can’t wait to try it! But the one inch test square in the PDF is actually 1.25″, not 1″. Is the scale still correct at 100% or should I shrink it so that it comes out to 1″?

  113. Elisa says:

    Very cute pattern. I love the refashion. I might have to do some mix and match from several things I have to make one of these.

  114. Veronica says:

    I love the idea of matching Kona solids to new collections.

    Can you recommend a color for the Papel Bonito Natural ~ Folklorico fabric?

    I love Day of the Dead imagery and would love to buy the skulls and something to go with it.

  115. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I especially like the “…and go eat a cupcake” part!

  116. Melanie says:

    This looks very comfy! Perfect for our desert summer, fall, spring…thanks for the pattern!

  117. Jennifer says:

    so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  118. Jessica h says:

    What a great top! This is on my list of to-dos this summer!

  119. Emily says:

    This is a really cute blouse!

  120. Jessica says:

    So many options. Love this pattern!

  121. krystina says:

    I discovered Amanda’s blog recently and am really excited to try my hand at this top! Looks lovely! Thanks, guys!

  122. Serena says:

    I’m starting on this the second I get a spare moment! It’s so cute!

  123. Courtney says:

    I have been saving my AMH voile as soon as I heard you were making a pattern – yippee! So excited to get sewing. Thanks for such a great pattern!

  124. Whitney says:

    I love this! cant wait to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. Jennifer N says:

    I’m hoping and praying for a few quiet hours of time to start to sew for myself, finally. This will be a great top to try if I ever get that time. Thank you.

  126. Beth says:

    That does look wonderfully summery! Digging through the stash for the perfect fabric . . .

  127. Thanks, Amanda! Maybe someday soon…

  128. Amy G. says:

    This is so cute! I saw this blouse a while ago, and have been waiting for a tutorial!

  129. Alethea says:

    So pretty! I just wish it was more tailored because I’d look terrible in it. ๐Ÿ™

  130. Jessica says:

    Wow this is such a cute top! I think this may be my first attempt at making clothing…

  131. I’m excited to try this! I love that it has sleeves and nice coverage. I may try shortening it just a bit and perhaps doing elastic thread at the bottom to make it “smock” a bit for a blousy effect…..

  132. Miss Julie says:

    Adorable! And I was just looking for the perfect pattern to make myself a swim cover-up. I think I just found it! Thank you for sharing.

  133. Megan says:

    Oh I can’t wait to try this one out!

  134. How pretty! This could be done in so manydifefernt qwwa ys!

  135. jessicac says:

    This top is perfect for a hot summer day, and to make for my newly pregnant friend!

  136. Diana says:

    Cute top…perfect for summer!

  137. Limor says:

    I have some great vintage fabric that would be perfect for this top.

  138. Elise Kacal says:

    I love the bright orange blouse!

  139. Julie W says:

    Thanks for the great blouse pattern!! Can’t wait to sew one up for myself!!

  140. Samina says:

    Very cute & summery – I’m off to find fabric for it.

  141. Fran says:

    Mmmmm….I’m still in turtlenecks! But that pattern looks
    lovely for some nice warm weather….a wonderful thought !
    Could even lengthen it a bit for a summer night gown…
    thank you for sharing !

  142. Sonya M says:

    Thanks so much for the great pattern, I can imagine quite a few shirts and tunics for me this summer!

  143. Susan C. says:

    One of these days I’m going to be brave and sew myself something to wear. This is adorable!

  144. Rebecca says:

    adorable top! I’ve been looking for options for recycling some polo shirts and this pattern might be just the thing!

  145. Laura says:

    I am so scared of making clothes because they have to actually fit in the end. Maybe this is a good place to start.

  146. Lauren says:

    This is such a pretty blouse. I can just imagine all the varieties one could whip up.
    Thanks for the Tutorial!

  147. Jacque says:

    This is such a cute top…I’m off to my stash to gather fabrics – my daughter would love this!

  148. Amanda says:

    I love this! I’ll make one this week.

  149. April Hurley says:

    Woohoo!! Finally a tutorial for something I can make for myself!! Thanks for sharing!!

  150. Audrey says:

    This is really cute! Thanks!

  151. Meeta says:

    Just perfect!! Can’t wait to make it. Love the detailed directions. Thank you so much for sharing.

  152. Christina says:

    This top is super cute and is a perfect shape for me.

  153. Glenys says:

    So pretty!

  154. Whoa!! What an awesome blouse – I can’t wait to make one or five of these!! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  155. Jess says:

    Oh nice! I totally need something to get me out of my rut…this just might be it!

  156. Oh! I used to have a shirt in this style that I loved. I was just thinking that I wished I could find another one! I can’t wait to get started on this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  157. Ramona says:

    Cute blouse! I love the variations you show.

  158. Jenny says:

    great looking top

  159. cheri says:

    Love that orange! hmm….wonder if I have anything worthy….

  160. Thanks so much for the cute pattern!!

  161. Lena V says:

    We are in the middle of winter here, these pretty tops would be lovely layered over long sleeves and then on their own for the warmer weather. So pretty!

  162. Katie says:

    What a great looking top! I just printed the pdf and it even looks easy. Pretty + easy? Yes, please.

  163. Amanda says:

    I really like this! I am so going to order some pretty fabric now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  164. Maya says:

    This is a nice looking blouse. I like the hip room at the bottom.

  165. Jocelyn says:

    Such a sweet and happy blouse. It looks very easy too.

  166. suzee says:

    I love this shirt! I’ve been looking for similar pattern to make for myself. Will defiantly make one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  167. That has to be the coolest pattern I’ve ever heard of – I especially love the deconstructed mumu!

  168. Donna Boyd says:

    Now this is a blouse I would not be afraid to try. Thank you for posting the “reminder” tutorials for review. Great Idea!

  169. Alison says:

    This shirt is adorable! I especially love it in that orangey fabric.

  170. eleonora says:

    thanks Amanda for the pdf pattern.I’ll try to sew the blouse! I love this kind of blouse,light and feminine, and the fabric you used.

  171. amy says:

    I haven’t attempted a top yet, but this is tempting! Thanks for the pattern.

  172. Karen A says:

    Such a sweet pattern. It could be sewn up so many ways.

  173. Anne Marie says:

    Lovely pattern – so versatile.

  174. dorothy says:

    This top looks perfect for a summer day. Thanks for sharing.

  175. Catherine says:

    Eeeep! I am so excited about this pattern. I love drapey tops in the summertime. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing, Amanda!

  176. i visited Amanda’s blog and it is as colorful as all her creations. I love her use of beautiful vintage fabrics! so fresh.

  177. Hannah says:

    This is a really cute top. I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  178. Deb Cameron says:

    Awesome! The shirt and that it’s a free pattern! On my to do list right now!

  179. Katharine says:

    What sweet little shirt!

  180. Karen Compton says:

    I’ve been looking for something to make with all of those wonderful voiles out there and this might just be it! Thanks for the free pattern!

  181. Each one of them looks so different and lovely. Wonderful pattern to make multiples of. Thank you for sharing this.

  182. Jasmine says:

    I love that first top, especially.

  183. jennifer says:

    That looks super cute

  184. Cute!

  185. AmyP says:

    Great summer top with lots of room to “breath”!

  186. shannon says:

    looooove amanda’s work! ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m so excited about this top pattern and i loved it as her entry into the made by rae spring ruffle top contest. thank you to amanda for being sooo generous and sharing this pattern with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  187. Christie says:

    Very Cute blouse. It’d be nice without the sleeves too.

  188. Janey Millar says:

    What a great pattern – tops like these are so useful in the summer to throw on when your headed out the door for the school run or to do groceries but still want to look cool!
    Thanks heaps, will be downloading for sure!
    J ๐Ÿ™‚

  189. Karrieann says:

    I really “like” the look of the Pretty Blouse. I think that I have enough fabric in my craft closet to create this feminine top. I also will make one long for a dress length!

  190. Mruna says:

    That orange top is gorgeous! I saw it on the modern marigold and have loved it since!

  191. Tas says:

    Such a sweet top. As I sit here and shiver in Australia, it gives me hope that warmer weather will return.

  192. angelina says:

    wow. this is so lovely. thank yoU!!

  193. Birdie says:

    Want to make this right away for my daughter!

  194. Pippa says:

    Might just have to try this. Although recently the weather hasnt been that summery in the UK :p

  195. Ellen says:

    Oooh, nice! I have a couple of tops like this, and they’re way too short on tall me. I can make one now!

  196. Gill says:

    What a great top!
    I’ll be making this one!!
    Thank you!

  197. It’s beautiful!
    Thanks for the PDF pattern ๐Ÿ˜€

  198. WOW! What an awesome pattern!! Thank you so much! Now I have to figure out what fabric I wil use for the blouse, and how to make it larger. I wil let you know when I get it done.

  199. Martina says:

    Thanks so much for this lovely pattern.Have to try this out!

  200. Poddle says:

    Fantastic top! Can’t wait to give this one a go. Thank you.

  201. Bec Clarke says:

    That is so pretty, I can’t wait to whip one up.

  202. Riti Roy says:

    Hi ! Lovely pattern :). Just bought a sewing machine yesterday. I’m hoping for a long and happy relationship with my sewing machine ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, lovely blogs like these were my inspiration to buy a sewing machine in the first place !

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