Linen blouse trifecta

Fabric: Kaufman Brussers washer linen from

Before I got caught up in my recent kaftan, linen shift, and apron saga, I spent a few interesting days drafting a top for jeans. I’ve always loved a white blouse/jeans combo.


Trifecta – I used three patterns! The sleeve is from the Allie Olson Highlands Wrap Dress, the front bodice from the V-neck variation of Grainline Studio’s Alder dress, and the back is from The Sewing Workshop Trio Top.


Funky, right? Pics:



The real challenge was the back because the Trio top is quite boxy and oversized. I made a copy of the back of the Alder dress and incorporated the Trio detail to fit. Then I cut out the pieces, added width to the skirt center back for the gathers, and drew everything again with seam allowances. A jigsaw puzzle 🙂


(Below, I moved just as the camera clicked. Aaargh)


A kickback to the 70’s – I think I’d really like it in white cotton jersey as well.

Bye for now, Coco

23 thoughts on “Linen blouse trifecta

  1. Coco, i just signed up for your blog, just surfin’ one night and ran across you. You are my latest and greatest creative inspiration! What a wonderful blouse and lady! I make all my own clothes with patterns altered to my taste, but your talent is so far above me, i know i will learn a lot by following you. Keep up the beautiful work and happy sewing!


  2. You are very gifted with vision to take a pattern and customize it to a unique and flattering style. The blouse is beautiful – what feminine and classic styling!

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  3. Perfect frankenpattern combo! (I may have to borrow the idea especially that back yoke.) There’s so much satisfaction in being able to make your vision into reality, isn’t there?

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  4. Ohmigootness! Yes yes yes! When I first heard you talk about white linen blouse, I was imagining the traditional white, shirt collar, long sleeves with cuffs, shirttail hem, etc., …and my brain said, Meh. That style looks great on many, but masculine and too much on me. But this shirt is pure genius: feminine, clean, easy, breezy. Yea for you!!

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  5. One of my favorite outfits is a pair of well-loved pants and a white blouse or tee shirt, so I agree it is a great outfit. I love this blouse! Whatever possessed you to put these 3 patterns together? Whatever, it turned out fabulous.

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