Fayeraysews’ Cross-over back blouse

Sam Doughtys Fabric, Pattern Review 1 Comment

Spring has sprung here and it has me dreaming of long summer days and warm evenings. For this blog post, I chose the Cross-over back blouse pattern (which also comes with a loose-fitting jersey top with raglan sleeves) as the first of my summer makes.

I made view A in a beautiful Liberty cotton lawn from Doughtys in a size 8, and made no modifications to the pattern. I am happy with the fit, worn here with high-waisted jeans.

The party really is in the back with this blouse! The cross-over back means the top is airy whilst remaining modest, which will be great on hot summer days. Although the top is quite loose-fitting, it doesn’t completely hide your figure, and sometimes shows a cheeky flash of your back (don’t worry, it doesn’t show your bra!).

The pattern only requires one button, which is a great way of showcasing those special one-offs lingering in your button jar. I chose a star-burst button to coordinate with the fabric.

This was a pretty simple make, which required no fitting and has no darts. I made it using all the facings in the pattern, but would probably just finish the neckline and armholes with bias binding in future. I fully stitched down the facings on the back and front hem to stop them from flipping to the outside.

I can certainly see myself making a few of these for my holiday this summer as they are so easy to throw on. I love the classic boat-neck style, and think it would look great in a stripe, or even a plain linen.

See you next time!

– Faye

Comments 1

  1. Hi Faye, really pleased to find your blog on this blouse. I’m in the middle of it, and have got confused over the edging and front hem facing. I used 1.5 cm seam allowance, but when it says to turn facings through to inside, it seems too short/tight. Any advice on where I’ve gone wrong? Ps I’m a complete beginner.

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