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Simplicity 9462 blouse

Hi Everyone. When the world is feeling scary I find comfort in using my hands and focusing on a sewing task. Watching the news this week has definitely been made easier by being able to head upstairs and create. I recently finished this blouse and wanted to share it.

almond rock makes Simplicity 9462 sewing pattern - S9462 has raglan sleeves, elasticated neckline ruffle and bishop sleeves with elastic hems. There are button loops and buttons at the neckline opening.

I do enjoy a quick hack. So I took the new Simplicity 9462 floaty lounge dress and made a new hem cutting line. I made it about 37cm aka 15″ from the centre front large circle notch which marks the bottom of that centre front opening. I wasn’t sure I could pull off the dress length but I adore this blouse and think I’ll make another.

It’s such a cool design. The ruffled neckline is elasticated by a channel where the ruffle joins the neckline. The front opening and facing might seem a little intimidating but when you sew it, the finish on the inside is so nice and clean. I made a video sewalong for the Simplicity McCalls UK YouTube channel to show how it comes together.

almond rock makes Simplicity 9462 sewing pattern - S9462 has raglan sleeves, elasticated neckline ruffle and bishop sleeves with elastic hems. There are button loops and buttons at the neckline opening.

Yes I’m also sewing raglan sleeves again. Since I’ve rediscovered them, they seem to be on all my favourite patterns. As they continue into the neckline they are gathered at the head by the elastic and then gathered at the cuff by a tiny 6mm elastic hem channel. This creates a beautiful silhouette that is puffy or pouffy but still fit under a cardigan (essential in my life).

I used a Liberty lookalike cotton lawn fabric from Aliexpress. It’s just as soft as Liberty tana lawn but the colours are slightly different. It’s perfect for this blouse as it’s stable enough to construct the various elastic channels and make button loops from. And the sleeves achieve the perfect full balloon effect thanks to that slight stiffness. But it’s floaty enough that it doesn’t stick out from my body when I wear it. Of course being cotton, it does crease a little but I think a busy print helps hide that!

almond rock makes Simplicity 9462 sewing pattern - S9462 has raglan sleeves, elasticated neckline ruffle and bishop sleeves with elastic hems. There are button loops and buttons at the neckline opening.

I’ve been wearing it with the top button undone, as I like to see my neck. That way I get the best of both with the ruffle still visible. The elasticated neckline and opening make it super easy to throw on. It’s great with jeans and red lipstick for a slightly dressier look. I might even wear it to a trade show I’m going to on Monday. Let me know if you’re inspired to make this one – as a dress or a top!

2 Comments

  • Carol Thomas

    Bright and colourful top, waiting for the sun to appear from behind those rain clouds! Liking the gathered neckline to create the frill, great idea.

  • Sherri S.

    This is so pretty, just the kind of blouses I’d love to try (I’m a self-taught beginner so am easily intimidated but am forging onward). I love all of your makes!

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