A Pleated Sleeve Blouse + Tutorial!

12:00 AM

This is my second iteration of McCall's 7542. For this one, I created an upgraded version of view B. Instead of using the pattern piece for the lower sleeve, I decided to take my blouse to the next level by adding accordion pleats.
I started with the size 14 and the D cup. Yes, this is one of those patterns that include individual cup sizes. This is great because you don't have to do a FBA. That's always a winning moment. And I used the D/E length because I knew I'd be tucking mine.
My fabric is this gorgeous Blush Poly Crepe de Chine from Mood Fabrics.com. I love it because it even has stretch! I used it before in yellow for one of my current favorite tops. A few months ago, I'd ordered this silk chiffon pleated fabric. It was my first time ordering a fabric like this and I didn't account for how once it's all pleated up how the width would reduce. So it was stored away. And how lucky was I that it was a perfect match!
I followed all of the instructions up until it was time to add the lower sleeve.
I also decided to forgo the faced neckline.
Instead, I made my own bias binding and finished it that way.
And for the back neck, instead of using the suggested hook and eye closure...
I gave my blouse a delicate finish with a tiny button and a thread loop.
I absolutely love how this blouse turned out. I love it so much that I've shared all of the details of the changes and modifications I've made in a video tutorial! I hope you enjoy!

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25 comments

  1. Erica, another stunning blouse! I love all of the details you created in this gorgeous top! I seriously mean everything...all the way down to the color! Fabulous job! And I hope you don't mind if you see one of these on my blog! You are truly a great inspiration!

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    1. ...also, thank you so much for the tutorial!

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    2. Thank so much Myra!

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  2. As always, wonderful job! I like the bias neck binding treatment that you did and am delighted with the video tutorial. I love the pleated sleeve detail as well.

    I do have a question... how do you feel about the fit of this in the arm cap and across front (upper chest) area? I am prepping my pattern (also D cup) and the cap width looks a bit narrow to me and the armholes on the bodice are scooped out a bit at the cross front which I wonder if it makes the fit quite snug in those areas. Looking at some of the other finished blouses out there I sometimes see drag lines radiating from the front armhole. What do you think?

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    1. I should clarify... the fit looks very nice on you. I'm just wondering how it feels.

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    2. I think if my fabric didn't have give, it would've been an issue. It has drag lines (which I'm completely unbothered by), but it's perfectly comfortable. Thanks Grace!

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  3. Gorgeous top and the sleeves are stunning!

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  4. the top is beautiful! Really enjoyed the video tutorial, too. Hope to see more of these.

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  5. What a pretty pink top with awesome sleeves for spring/summer wearing!

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  6. This top is stunning, so feminine and pretty. Thanks for all the great tips on working with this type of fabric. Really enjoyed the great video!

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  7. Love this top! Thank you very much for the tutorial.

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    1. Thank so much for your comment!

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  8. Very pretty top. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  9. Oh my goodness!That top looks so good. I love the pleated sleeves.

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  10. Such a pretty and feminine top. Those sleeves are exquisite! I really like all of the finishing details. I like the neck binding and especially the button and loop closure - so much more sophisticated than a hook and eye. Gorgeous!

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  11. So lovely! I Love the pleated sleeves and You chose the right color!

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  12. I had to watch this because I was thinking to myself if she pleated that fabric, I bow-down! *Whew* I love those sleeves because they remind me of this dress I had for Easter when I was a little girl.

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