I'm always on the outlook for new designers who are offering a free pattern to promote their work. The blouse below popped up on my Pinterest page. I thought it was cute, saved it with the thought that I might get to it, and then a Facebook friend sent a link and said that she thought I might like this. It's the Frenzy Blouse from Papavero. So I thought, okay, the sewing gods have spoken, I should give it a try :)
And I'm so happy that I did! Such a cute blouse and so pretty on as well.
Just to give you an idea of what is really going on at the neckline. There are 3 pleats on either side of center front that radiate diagonally out.
The tab is sewn on under the pleats. The tab pattern is not included. I cut a strip 3" wide and stitched it together with a 1/4" seam allowance. I obviously cut my tab much longer than it needed to be. Once the tab is made, simply center it with the center front of the blouse and then fold back the pleats. Remember, they are pleats and not darts, so no stitching them down.
The instructions call for a center back zipper. I hate having zippers in my blouses if they are not absolutely necessary. The neckline looked large enough to get my head through, so I basted the top together before actually sewing. Slipped it on without a problem, so no zipper!
The neckline is finished with a bias strip. This is not included in the pattern, but easy enough to cut on your own. Once the neckline is finished, wrap the tab to the back and hand stitch in place.
As you can see, the blouse would make a lovely dress as well, just lengthen the pattern.
Downloading the pattern is a bit of a challenge as the instructions are in Polish. Thank goodness for Google translate. There are separate files for each size, so be sure to check the measurements to determine the size you will need.
The download is a bit of a challenge, but well worth it. As I said, I am so very happy with the blouse. Fits beautifully and it was very easy to make. I will be making more!