Hi Friends! Join me for today’s sewing project and be inspired to create something for yourself! I’ll be making a linen DIY tie front blouse using Simplicity Pattern D0890 (or 8601).
But first, I have a question for you. When sewing, which do you buy first; the pattern or the fabric? This seems like a chicken and egg situation. For today’s DIY top, I was not actually looking for fabric. It found me.
I typically buy my fabric first, then figure out what I will make with it. Is this backward? I’m sure I would have a much smaller fabric stash and more money in my wallet if I did it in the proper order. But what fun would that be?
As a graphic designer, you’d think I’d know better. First, you make a plan, then you execute. But for me, it always starts with a fabric connection.
As I become more organized with the flow of this blog, maybe I can change my ways and become more logical and less emotional? Highly unlikely!
If you are looking for an easy sewing project, this is a good one. This tie-front blouse has clean lines and a shape that’s easy to wear. I plan to make more in other fabrics.
Let me do a quick review for you, so you can make one yourself. First, you’ll need to gather or purchase your sewing supplies.
Materials And Sewing Supplies
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Fabric for Blouse
Simplicity Pattern D0890 HERE
Sewing Straight Pins
Paper Scissors for pattern cutting
Sewing Scissors HERE or Rotary Cutter HERE
Sewing Board HERE or Rotary Cutting Mat HERE
Fusible Interfacing not pictured
Button not pictured
Elastic Cord not pictured
Pressing Cloth not pictured
Sewing Machine not pictured
Spring to Summer Fabric for a Top
For the blouse, I purchased this medium weight linen-cotton mix with a bohemian style type print. I love the earthy and natural look of the fabric.
I found it at an S.R. Harris Fabric Store here in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro. They have 2 locations. If you are local or even just passing through, S.R. Harris is definitely worth checking out. Always something fabulous to discover!
The Simplicity Pattern
I was looking for a simple style blouse pattern to showcase the fabric print. Simplicity Pattern, Number 0890 was perfect. It’s labeled as an “easy to sew” design and I did find that to be true.
The Center Seam
I had intended to make the front one-piece but after mistakenly cutting it, (Oops!) I decided to match up the print and proceed as the pattern suggests. I think it still works.
My next design will be to try a “one-panel” front. I would remove the 5/8″ seam allowances and cut one piece for the front.
A Tie-Front Blouse Detail
I love the tie detail and it is very flattering. You can tie it once to give it a looser look or twice to create more of a bow for a slightly more finished look.
Another option would be to leave it untied and tuck it in if it doesn’t work with a certain outfit or a jacket. The front sections are wide enough to give you coverage and stay tucked in.
Choosing the Right Sewing Pattern Size
I sized up 2 sizes from my typical ready-to-wear size.
If you are new to sewing clothes with a pattern. I would suggest, to proceed with caution. You don’t want to put lots of love and care into a garment only to have it not fit you! Been there, done that.
Be sure to take your measurements keeping in mind the garment you are making. For instance, measure the waist for a full skirt, the hips for an A-line skirt, the bust for a blouse, etc. You get the idea. Examine the size chart on the pattern also.
Look for finished garment measurements as well to see how much ease is built in. Ease is the extra fabric allowed for movement.
Lastly, double-check the pattern measurements.
Once you’ve committed to a particular size, there are 2 methods of caution you can take to give you some margin for error.
Sometimes I start with a machine baste for the main seams to be sure, and/or sew with less seam allowance. This way you can still easily take the garment in without much trouble.
Pattern Changes and Modifications
Setting the sleeve was, and always is the most challenging for me. My secret as I get older and wiser is to just go slowly, think thoroughly and BASTE. Then you can easily adjust if necessary.
It’s much better to pull out a few stitches than pull out all of your hair. I like to sew the armholes first, then sew the side seams. For me, it’s much easier to manage the sleeve cap ease with the side panels open.
The pattern directions were to be set in-the-round as opposed to flat.
Simplicity Pattern Review
Overall, this Simplicity pattern was very easy to sew. I followed all of the instructions, except for the sleeve steps. I will definitely be making more of this straightforward pattern and wearable style.
I hope you will try to make a blouse! I would recommend this one for spring and summer. The Simplicity pattern is readily available online and with all the variations, you can make it again and again.
Let me know what project you are working on? I’d love to hear all about it.
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