Note: Le Chemisier

When Deer and Doe released their book Dressed  I knew I had to have it, even if it’s only in French (which I don’t understand). I’m a sucker for books about wardrobe planning and analysis and the eight patterns that are included are incredibly versatile. This is my first make from the book, but there will be more!

Le Chemisier is a very classic, simple blouse with the option of short or 3/4 sleeves. It suits a floaty fabric like tencel, viscose or silk. I recommend french seams for a neat finish, but of course you can overlock the edges, too. It has no darts or shaping. I think I’ve always had a version of this blouse in my wardrobe (off white silky fabric, simple shape). This is maybe not the most thrilling piece of garment to make, but I think something like this is indispensable, it works for any occasion: at work with dressy trousers or skirts, maybe a blazer; paired with jeans for a night out, maybe with shorts in the summer and so on. It’s been very popular in the sewing community too, check out the many beautiful versions on the ‘gram at #dressedlechemisier !

My usual size 40
1.2 m fabric (Atelier Brunette via

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