October 31, 2014

I am so excited to announce that my second True Bias pattern, the Sutton Blouse, is finally ready.  It’s a loose fitting kimono sleeved blouse with a deep v-neck and a one-piece yoke.  There is an inverted pleat at center back and slits at both side seams.  The back extends lower than the front by a couple of inches for a flattering blouse that can be worn with jeans or leggings.

The creation of the Sutton Blouse came out of my desire for more v-neck sewing patterns. I’ve always preferred a v-neck to a scoop for my body type, but have had a hard time finding a lot of patterns to fit that need. I also have noticed that my daily wardrobe gravitates towards loose, flattering blouses that I can wear with jeans in and effort to feel put together and comfortable at the same time. The Sutton Blouse definitely fills that void for me. It’s been in constant rotation this fall as a layering piece under large sweaters and tailored blazers.

The pattern calls for lightweight woven fabrics with a lot of drape such as crepe de chine, viscose, rayon challis or voile. (The fabric used in my sample is a forest green silk crepe de chine from Mood fabrics in NYC.) Because these fabrics glide along the curves of your body instead of being stiff, it allows the pattern to have more ease for comfort while still being very flattering.

The pattern is labeled intermediate because the recommended fabrics tend to be trickier to work with and some of the techniques used in construction such as french seams and a bound neckline (the inside of your garment is going to look just as beautiful as the outside), are a little more difficult.  That being said I believe that a confident beginner could tackle the Sutton Blouse if they took their time.  There will also be a sewalong in a week that will help sewers of all skill levels sew the blouse more easily.

I will be back next week with ready to wear inspiration, fabric ideas, and the sewalong schedule which will begin on November 6th.  You can purchase the pattern by clicking here or navigating to my pattern shop through my top menu or sidebar.  I hope you love the Sutton Blouse!

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  • Reply Trine October 31, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    I love this so much, Kelli. Once again you’ve made an incredible pattern. Congrats on the release.

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      thanks so much Trine. I love your version.

  • Reply Christy October 31, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Wow – What a great staple top and I love that deep green silk.

  • Reply Honora October 31, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Beautiful, and just what I need!

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  • Reply Carolanne October 31, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    I have some Oscar De Le Renta from Mood that I’ve been saving for a special project and I think this will be it! The fit looks fabulous and I’ve been practicing my French seams so I think it’s a sign 🙂

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      perfect! that fabric sounds dreamy.

  • Reply Jenny October 31, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Very pretty, Kelli! I can see this being such a useful wardrobe addition. Congrats 🙂

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      thanks so much jenny. it really has been a great layering piece for me.

  • Reply Nilla October 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Congratulations on your new pattern! The sleeves and the hem add interest and it really looks like a great layering piece 🙂 Very flattering!

  • Reply Sophie October 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Yay! It’s beeeeautiful! Love the V-neck and that color. Can’t imagine all the work that’s gone into this!

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      thanks sophie. so much work, but so worth it i think.

  • Reply Kelly October 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    It’s so pretty!! I love the back, especially, and the v-neck is great too. Thanks for making it available to us!

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      thanks kelly! glad you like it.

  • Reply Jana October 31, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Hey Kelli,
    You say that the blouse works great as a layering piece under tailored blazers? Could you perhaps get a photo of that? I’d love to see how it looks! Thanks!

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      yes jana, i am going to do a post on how i wear my sutton blouse. thanks for the idea!

      • Reply Jana November 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Yay! I’m looking forward to seeing your post!
        I like the shape of the blouse and think it would work on me, but I can’t decide whether to get it because I can’t imagine wearing it anytime soon. But if it really works as a layering piece, I might be wrong!

        • Reply True Bias November 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

          Jana – I will be doing a “how I wear it” post as part of my sewalong next week. Hopefully that will help. I know what you mean though. I will also be doing a tunic version as a pattern hack in a few weeks. I think that I am going to get tons of wear out of that one now for sure. Think leggings and boots.

  • Reply Grace October 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Gorgeous blouse. I totally agree about the need for more V neck tops. This one is a winner. Question about sizing… is the size info listed for the wearer’s body, or the finished garment?

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      its for the wearers body measurement. i will be talking about finished garment measurements with the sewalong. There are about 5 inches of ease in the hips and about 10 in the waist. about 11 in the chest, but that misleading because with the kimono sleeves some of the sleeve ease is in the there.

      • Reply Grace November 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Perfect answer, and just in time! I’m at the very top end of the size range, so if the sizing was for the garment I’d be left out.

        • Reply True Bias November 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

          oh good. so glad you are going to make it!

  • Reply Heather October 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Love this blouse

  • Reply Sara October 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    This is gorgeous! And totally the blouse I’ve been waiting for. I can’t wait to make it and then take 3 months to photograph it* (*based on my current record of photographing my makes. I’m not nearly as photogenic as you or the other gorgeous sewing bloggers)

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      i have a hard time getting around to photographing things too. especially once it gets cold out.

  • Reply dixie October 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    beautiful! i love this new design and i could totally see it in my wardrobe. congrats!

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      i could totally see you wearing it too!

  • Reply Ginger October 31, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Congrats, Kelli! This is so cute! Can I second Jana’s request to see photos of it styled with a blazer or sweater? I’m so terrible at styling and would love to see how you put outfits together!

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      for sure. i think that i need to put together a post about how i wear my sutton blouse. in the works.

  • Reply Meg October 31, 2014 at 9:53 PM


    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      thanks so much meg. i love your version!

  • Reply Emma October 31, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I love, love, LOVE this blouse. I have a young kid too and am constantly on the hunt for wardrobe builders that help me create the illusion that I have it all under control. 🙂 This fits the bill perfectly.

    But can we also talk about those booties for a sec? Where are they from? They’re fantastic?

    • Reply Emma October 31, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Ha. Whoops. That should say, “They’re fantastic!” Cause there’s no question about that.

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      thanks emma. yes, its all about the illusion 🙂

      the booties are from aldo last season. i love them.

  • Reply Suzanne November 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Beautiful top! Congrats on pattern No #2

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      thanks suzanne, i need a vacation!

  • Reply liza jane November 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Very pretty! I love a blouse-y top like this. And you look fabulous in that forest green.

    • Reply True Bias November 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      thanks! forest green in my go to color right now. i can’t get enough.

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