How to Design Your Own Blouse

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Things You'll Need

  • Pattern
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Needle or sewing machine
  • Notions (buttons, ribbon)

Creating your own clothing is a dream come true for many people. It is also practical. The components of a blouse cost a lot less than a finished blouse, which makes this project cost effective. Creating the garment for yourself gives you total freedom to customize and tailor the blouse as you desire. In effect, sewing your own garments saves you money and nets a better product. Blouses are often the most ubiquitous item in a woman's wardrobe. Learning how to create them for yourself could be rewarding artistically and financially.

Sketch ideas for your design. Note the design features that you most want to create.

Shop for a sewing pattern that resembles your sketches.

Select fabric for the blouse. Choosing the material is one area in which you have full creative license to express your design aesthetic.

Cut the pattern pieces out of the paper with scissors.

Lay the fabric flat in front of you on your work surface.

Affix the pattern paper to the shirt with straight pins. Cut around the patterns at the edge of the paper. Discard excess fabric.

Set all of the pattern pieces aside, except for the fabric that will become the main body part of the blouse. The pattern paper will also guide you where to place the seams of the shirt and sew the pieces together. Pin and sew the back pieces of the shirt along the seam line marked by the pattern maker.

Remove the straight pins as you sew over them. Remove the pins and pattern paper when you complete all of the seams.

Stitch the rest of the fabric pieces together as instructed on the pattern.

Add notions and embellishments to the blouse, as desired.


  • Using a pattern made by another person may feel impersonal, but you can tweak the plan as you work. You can lower or raise the hemline, eliminate sleeves altogether, or change the shape or color.

    Cotton and broadcloth are excellent choices. They are lightweight but still a little rigid which makes it easier for you to cut and sew them.

    It is best not to choose silk unless you have previous experience working with it.