Feel Spring ready with a pretty blouse in Liberty cotton lawn. Perfect with jeans or dressed up. This blouse works for your Spring style and it’s a joy to make…

Frills, lots of them! I fell in love with the Nina Lee Bloomsbury Blouse over the Winter and decided that this pretty romantic blouse would be perfect for the Spring with its frilly yoke, pie crust collar and a nod to vintage style.

I chose this Liberty blue floral fabric as the pattern would look great dressed up and down and I love a blue floral too. As I wear blue jeans a lot at the moment, I thought this would be a way of dressing them up. I love the stylised flowers as they are contemporary for a Liberty print but still so pretty. As I was sewing this fabric, I thought the pattern would look great in a shirt for Harvey (my husband) and dresses for my little girls. Now, it’s not very often a print can be this versatile but I think this one is it.

The pattern is larger than previous Liberty prints I’ve stitched and I was excited to stitch it up. Being the softest cotton lawn made it lovely to stitch, I tried various needles to get the best results. The fabric started to pull on a standard 80 needle but an 80 ballpoint was just right. I made my blouse in three short evenings.

The Bloomsbury Blouse pattern has a lovely frilled yoke (front and back) with optional frilled pie crust collar and cuffs. I decided that the yoke frill was enough frill for an everyday Mama blouse. There is an option to make the frills twice as deep too! The blouse has two front bust darts and buttons up down the back. I made a size 10 (36 bust) which has a great fit.

I found the yoke frill easy to stitch with the pattern notches and tacks to guide me. It did take time to stitch and gather but the results are so worth it! The back has six little pearl buttons one on top collar band and five below the frill. I still cannot believe I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern for my size.

I made the sleeves to the pattern and cut them to finish halfway between my elbow and wrist so my sleeves didn’t need to be rolled up and thus creasing this gorgeous fabric!

The pattern instructions were clear with easy to follow diagrams, perfect if you are new to blouses. Nina Lee really cuts out the tech jargon in her pattern instructions so anyone can stitch them. If you are new to sleeves these required lots of easing but with a little patience you can have a really finished looking blouse.


Pattern - Bloomsbury Blouse by Nina Lee

Fabric - Liberty Blue Floral  – 1.5m Even though my fabric wasn’t 60” wide it still was enough to have scraps left over.

Time to sew - 4 hours

Level - Intermediate

Needle used - Ballpoint 80

Changes to pattern - None

What would I change if I stitched it again?

I would take it in around my hips a few centimetres and cut the front yoke so the larger pattern doesn’t repeat on the yoke and then in exactly the same place on the front!

I would also have a button on the back placket so my blouse wouldn’t flap open.

Thank-you Minerva, I really enjoyed working with a clear, easy to follow pattern and a soft cotton fabric. Yesterday I wore my newest make out for a family afternoon and it was so comfy but also a little dressed up. For me the perfect combination!

Samantha writes a creative craft blog www.crafternoonteas.com and hosts Crafternoon Tea Parties and Events www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk in the Midlands and beyond!