Are you looking for a shirt that will accompany you throughout the year? Then we sew the right thing for you! As part of our cooperation with the EMF publishing house, we will show you how you can sew an oversized shirt blouse that is as fashionable as it is comfortable, which will quickly become one of your favorites as an airy muslin blouse on the beach or as a firmer corduroy version in autumn. The model comes from the book “Simple nahn” by Julika alias JULESNaht. You can download the pattern for free further down in the post, in sizes 34 to 50.
“Simple sewing” – a look inside the book
Your wardrobe will be replenished with casual, practical and stunningly beautiful everyday fashion! The loose oversize sweater, the casual muslin blouse or the comfortable corduroy pants – “Simple nahn” brings together the most popular designs for all powerful women of everyday life. On 144 pages and 6 pattern sheets, the high-quality book offers 15 great projects to sew yourself in sizes 34-50.
The models can all be combined with each other! Easy-to-understand step-by-step instructions and technique tips allow you to get started quickly and ensure great results. The following sewing instructions can serve as an example of how detailed and well illustrated the book is. So: Sew “simple” and discover the simple cuts with wow and feel-good effect!
Are you interested? Then you can buy the book for (D) €26.00 / (A) €26.80 on the publisher’s website: https://www.emf-verlag.de/simple-naehen
about the author
The book comes from Julika alias JULESNaht, who we have already introduced to you several times in the blog, for example in connection with the instructions for a muslin bodysuit.
Julika has been creative for as long as she can remember. As a mother of three children, she spent a lot of time at the sewing machine to dress her children in clothes that she had sewn herself. Demand and interest in her creations quickly increased. So she decided to open an online store for practical and comfortable children’s clothing. You can find this at www.julesnaht.de.
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Sew a shirt blouse – free sewing pattern to download
The pattern for the oversize shirt blouse is available to you free of charge in A4 format using the following download link.
Pattern download (PDF, format A4)
When printing, make sure that no size adjustment is made and that the pattern is printed in actual size (100%). You can check this using the control square in the pattern. Then glue the sides together along the dotted lines.
Size table: Sizes 34 to 50
The sizes are based on the larger of the two numbers. A 38/40 is therefore a pure 40. If your measurements are more in the direction of 38, you can regulate this in the width via the seam allowance and cut the widths without seam allowance.
Muslin, linen and all kinds of woven goods, corduroy, flannel, denim, terrycloth, corduroy jersey and much more
In the pattern made of corduroy, in the photo above made of muslin.
- 200 cm (with a width of 140 cm)
- Vlieseline H250 for the button placket and the cuffs
- 9 wooden buttons, alternatively snaps
Seam and hem allowances
- Add a 1/4″ seam allowance all over.
- Add a 2 cm hem allowance to the top edge of the optional chest pocket.
- Add a 1.5 cm hem allowance to the lower edge of the back and front pieces.
- Front part opposite 2 x
- Back piece at the top of the fold 1 x
- Back part below in break 1 x
- Sleeves in front of the same 2 x
- Sleeves back opposite 2 x
- Breast pocket (optional) 2 x
- Pocket flap in the break (optional) 2 x
- upper collar in break 1 x
- lower collar in break 1 x
- Cuff in break 2 x
- Serging strips (optional) 1 x
Sewing instructions for the oversized shirt blouse
1. We start with the pocket flaps. If you don’t want any pockets, start directly with step 4. Lay the flaps on top of each other lengthwise, right sides facing, and sew them together on all three sides. Leave an opening of about 4 cm at the top. Turn the flaps right side out and topstitch the short sides and the bottom edge close to the edge. The turning opening closes later automatically when it is sewn onto the shirt.
2. Neaten the breast pockets all around. Fold the top edge back 2 cm and topstitch the envelope.
3. Now the pockets come on the front parts. A practical fixing pin is used here, but you can also use classic pins as an alternative. To do this, fold the trimmed edges back and fix the pockets in the designated place. Now sew all three sides and the two pocket flaps on the front parts. The corners can also be fixed with diagonal seams.
4. Now it’s time for the back part. To do this, place the upper part on the lower part, right sides together, then pin and sew it in place. Topstitch this seam again from the right side with a narrow edge.
5. Lay the back piece in front of you, right side up. Lay the two front pieces, wrong sides together, on the back piece and sew the shoulder seams in the first step.
Sew the blouse – the sleeves
6. Now for the sleeves. Due to the slit on the arm hem, the arm is divided into two. In the first step, the two edges on which the sleeve is joined are trimmed separately.
7. Only now do you sew the two sleeves together with a straight stitch. Make sure that you really sew behind the overcast seam so that it is not visible from the outside. Stop at the slot marker.
8. Now to the slot. Unfold the trimmed seam allowance and pin it on the inside with pins. Then sew along the line. You start at the bottom of the hem, up to the beginning of the slit, needle in the fabric, turn the fabric 90 degrees, a few stitches, turn 90 degrees again, then on the other side back to the hem.
9. Now lay the shirt right side up. Place both sleeves in the armholes, fix them with staples and sew them in place. Pay attention to the markings in the pattern.
10. Now close the sleeve and side seams in one step. Do this on both sides of the blouse.
Sew a shirt blouse – the collar
11. Lay both collar parts right sides together and close the two short sides and the long upper side. Shorten the seam allowance in the corners so that you can work out the collar well.
12. Turn and iron the collar and finally topstitch it close to the edge.
13. Now the collar comes on the shirt. Iron fleece line on the two front edges beforehand and clean them up in the same step.
14. Pin the collar right sides together at the neckline. The undercollar must lie on top of the shirt. You sew from the center front of one side and end in the center front of the other side. You can also run a cleansing strip here. Since the button placket is above the strip, you don’t need a fold over at the beginning and end. Just run the strip right sides together.
15. After you folded and topstitched the strip, the collar should now look like this. Now iron the seam allowances above the button placket (clip) to the inside (on the wrong side).
Sew a shirt blouse – the button placket
16. Fold the button placket onto the wrong side of the fabric and tuck the finished edge inwards. Pin the button strips on both sides and fix them with a straight stitch along the pins. Start at the top along the pressed edge along the collar and then around the corner over the entire button placket to the bottom hem.
17. Now the cuffs. Iron a little Vlieseline H250 on the places where buttonholes and buttons have to be. Fold the cuff lengthwise right sides together and close the short sides in the same step.
18. Turn both cuffs inside out and pin them to the open sleeve hems, right sides together. You reduce the width of the sleeves by folding the hem edge of the sleeve in folds. Sew on the cuffs. When you sew on the overlock, you pull the overlock beads into the seam so they are safely hidden.
19. Now make the buttonholes and attach the buttons. The buttons on the breast pockets are just fake buttons.
20. As a last step, trim the lower edge, fold it in 1.5 cm and stitch it with the sewing machine.