In Fitting Fashion

  • Chelsea: Modern and Versatile

    Chelsea by In-House Patterns

    The Chelsea blouse sewing pattern is a modern pull over top available in two style options with interchangeable sleeves.  The forward slanting side seams and loose, airy fit create a beautiful and flattering silhouette.  With multiple fabric combination possibilities, this pattern is extremely versatile.

    Chelsea by In-House Patterns View A

    View A is tunic length and features a scoop front neckline finished with the beautiful French binding technique.  The tulip sleeves add to the airy feel and make this version very feminine. The curved hemlines of the sleeve and body are elegantly finished with a tiny machine rolled hem.  This version is a perfect pairing with slim leg pants or leggings.

    Chelsea by In-House Patterns View B

    View B features a V shaped neckline also finished with the French binding technique.  The sleeves on this version are simplified to highlight the use of a lace fabric back but the tulip sleeves from View A are easily used here if you choose.  Hems are hand finished with a blind stitch hemming technique.  This version has a clean modern feel and would pair perfectly with those new culottes, a pair of tailored shorts or a slim fitting skirt.

    I love the look and feel of softly draping fabrics and they work so beautifully with this pattern. I've used coordinating crepe de chine fabrics for View A and a lightweight georgette paired with a beautiful lace fabric (purchased from Blackbird Fabrics) for View B.  

    As mentioned, the fit is loose and airy so keep your fabrics light with some good drape. Slight sheerness or transparency will keep this blouse from looking too boxy and really give it a designer feel.  There is lot's of opportunity to play with different fabrics with this top so get creative!  Keep in mind that any contrasting fabrics should have the same hang or drape effect for the best results.  Take a peek at the Chelsea board on Pinterest for some ideas.

    As with all In-House Patterns, this is a multi-sized PDF download sewing pattern available in women's sizes.  Seam and hem allowances are included and detailed garment assembly instructions are provided.  Get yardage and finished measurements here.

    The Chelsea blouse is quick and easy to sew. All you'll need is your fabric, sewing thread and a little time.  I hope you enjoy!

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