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
Topstitching
Gathering

      (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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