Note: The ruffle sleeve top

Are you aware of the treasure trove that is Peppermint Magazine’s free patterns? They offer a free sewing pattern with every issue, and the bulk of them are designed by the talented Emily of In the Folds.

My first foray into these patterns is the Ruffle sleeve top. This is a cute blouse for warm days as it’s not the best garment to layer something over. The pattern comes with facings for the neckline for a clean finish, but I didn’t have enough fabric for that so I went with bias binding instead as suggested in the pattern. It has darts for gentle shaping, but overall it’s a boxy style. All the seams are finished with french seams which makes it look as pretty on the inside as on the outside:

It’s a very satisfying pattern to make. I’m amazed that you can get this as a free pattern because obviously it’s made with a lot of consideration to detail and finish. The pattern is true to size and the instructions are very clear. If you’re interested in learning how to add french seams in the armsyce this is it.

The fabric is a linen/cotton blend from The Fabric Store (unfortunately sold out). I made it in size D which corresponds to a 91 cm bust. Next tim I might add 1 cm across the back, otherwise the fit is very good.

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