Adroit Blouse and Dress
Adroit Blouse and Dress
Currently in testing! Tentative release date March 1
The Adroit blouse and dress was designed with working mamas in mind. This business casual garment has breastfeeding, pumping, and maternity options. Of course, there are regular versions too! After your pregnancy, you can remove the curve out of the front skirt without having to seam rip. We explain how to add zippers to the front princess seams, and how to make them really invisible without ironing.
Pattern options: There are two lengths included - blouse and knee length. Three sleeve lengths - short, elbow, and long. Four cup size options for the front bodice - B-D, DD/DDD, G/H, I/J. Nursing or not. Maternity or not. V-neck or round neck.
Difficulty: This is a beginner-friendly sew with a lot of pieces. Experience with zippers is helpful.
Fabric: Woven / non-stretch materials, from light to heavy weight. Drafted for mid-weight wovens such as quilting cotton.
Yardage: 2-3 Yards.
Special supplies needed: Zipper for the side seam - invisible or standard closed end zipper. At least 10in / 25 cm (will be cut to fit). For breastfeeding access, two 24in / 60cm invisible zippers (will be cut to fit). For bubble sleeves, half a yard/meter of narrow elastic.
Maternity friendly: Yes, includes maternity skirt.
Nursing friendly: Yes, nursing option included.
Size range: Four cup size options for the front bodice - B-D, DD/DDD, G/H, I/J. The rest of the pieces are sized from XS to 5X.
Fit: Lightly fitted bodice. Lightly flared in the hips.
Time to complete: Start to finish is about two hours.
About our Patterns
We aim for inclusive patterns that fit all bodies. If you don't see your size on this pattern, send us a message and we'll add it in!
Our size charts offer both metric and imperial measurements.
All of our patterns have a standard, 3/8" or 1 cm seam allowance.
Our tiles have two layers, labeled A4 and Letter. US printers use the Letter layer, and everyone else can use A4!
We designed our tiles to save paper and be easy to assemble. Place the guidelines on top of each other and tape or glue. The letter layer has solid guidelines with a star in each corner. The A4 layer has dashed guidelines with a circle in each corner. Each page has a number, and the tutorial has an assembly chart.
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Want to use merino wool to make this? Check out our article with tips on sewing with merino wool and where to buy it.
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