Afternoon Tea Blouse

   
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Description

Perfect for an afternoon out with friends or a day at the office, this semifitted blouse by Liesl + Co features a fun chest detail that makes it extra special. Sew the blouse with contrasting fabrics for a color-blocked detail or choose lace or a sheer fabric for the inset stripe. This contemporary take on a vintage blouse eliminates the shoulder seam so the sleeves are easy and fun to sew. The inset panel forms a pretty chevron over the bracelet-length flounce sleeves, and the back features an easy keyhole opening with a button-and-loop closure. This pattern includes separate pieces for A/B, C, and D cups for ease of fitting.

Suggested Fabrics

Suitable for drapey fabrics like crepe, rayon challis, charmeuse, georgette, lawn, and linen. For Fabric B, use a contrasting color, lace, or chiffon.

Notions

Coordinating thread, one 3/8" or 1/2" button or hook and eye closure for the back.

Fabric Guide

size 0 2 4 6 8 10
Fabric A, 44" 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards
Fabric A, 58" 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards
Fabric B, All 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard

size 12 14 16 18 20
Fabric A, 44" 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards
Fabric A, 58" 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards
Fabric B, All 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard

Finished Measurements

size 0 2 4 6 8 10
Bust, A/B Cup* 36" 37" 38" 39" 40" 41"
Bust, C Cup* 37" 38" 39" 40" 41" 42"
Bust, D Cup* 38" 39" 40" 41" 42" 43"
Hip, A/B Cup 40 3/4" 41 3/4" 42 3/4" 43 3/4" 44 3/4" 45 3/4"
Hip, C Cup 41 3/4" 42 3/4" 43 3/4" 44 3/4" 45 3/4" 46 3/4"
Hip, D Cup 42 3/4" 43 3/4" 44 3/4" 45 3/4" 46 3/4" 47 3/4"
Length** 23" 23 1/4" 23 1/2" 24" 24 1/4" 24 1/2"

size 12 14 16 18 20
Bust, A/B Cup* 42 1/2" 44" 46" 48" 50"
Bust, C Cup* 43 1/2" 45" 47" 49" 51"
Bust, D Cup* 44 1/2" 46" 48" 50" 52"
Hip, A/B Cup 47 3/4" 48 3/4" 50 3/4" 52 3/4" 54 3/4"
Hip, C Cup 48 3/4" 49 3/4" 51 3/4" 53 3/4" 55 3/4"
Hip, D Cup 49 3/4" 50 3/4" 52 3/4" 54 3/4" 56 3/4"
Length** 25" 25 1/4" 25 1/2" 26" 26 1/4"

* To determine cup size, subtract upper bust measurement from full bust measurement. Up to 2" difference = A/B cup, 3" = C cup, 4" = D cup.
** Measured from shoulder at neck.

Size Chart

English System
Pattern
Size
Bust 
(in.)
Natural Waist
(in.)
Dropped Waist
(in.) *
Hips
(in.)
0 32 1/2" 25" 27" 35"
2 33 1/2" 26" 28" 36"
4 34 1/2" 27" 29" 37"
6 35 1/2" 28" 30" 38"
8 36 1/2" 29" 31" 39"
10 37 1/2" 30" 32" 40"
12 39" 31 1/2" 33 1/2" 41 1/2"
14 40 1/2" 33" 35" 43"
16 42" 34 1/2" 36 1/2" 44 1/2"
18 44" 36 1/2" 38 1/2" 46 1/2"
20 46" 38 1/2" 40 1/2" 48 1/2"

* 1 1/2" below natural waist

 

Metric System
Pattern
Size
Bust 
(cm)
Natural Waist
(cm)
Dropped Waist
(cm) *
Hips
(cm)
0 83 64 69 89
2 85 66 71 92
4 88 69 74 94
6 90 71 76 97
8 93 74 79 99
10 95 76 81 102
12 99 80 85 106
14 103 84 89 109
16 107 88 93 113
18 112 93 98 118
20 117 98 103 123

* 4 cm below natural waist