20 best blouse patterns to sew
A beautiful blouse never goes out of style! Find the perfect top for you with our pick of the best blouse patterns
Blouses are fantastically versatile: you can wear them to keep cool in the spring or summer and team them up with a cosy cardigan in the autumn. They can be dressed up to wear to work or a special occasion, or thrown on for a more casual outing.
Blouse patterns are typically made using a light fabric, such as cotton. They're very wearable and are bound to become one of your favourite wardrobe staples!
We've put together some of our top blouse patterns to buy, plus our pick of the best free blouse patterns available. You're sure to find something to suit your personal style.
Many of the patterns in this article were originally published in Simply Sewing magazine. Simply Sewing is one of the UK's top sewing magazines and includes lots of advice and patterns for sewers of all abilities.
If you're new to sewing, you might find it helpful to explore our sewing guides before you begin to pick up some basic techniques and find the materials you'll need. Try our best sewing machines for beginners, sewing for beginners and how to use a sewing machine guides. If you want some simple sewing projects to do, take a look at our pick of the best sewing kits for beginners.
Blouse patterns often appear on the Sewing Bee – take a look at our guide to The Great British Sewing Bee for the latest news about our fave craft TV show.
Read on to discover our pick of the best blouse patterns to sew. We'll start with our best free blouse patterns then move onto brilliant blouse sewing patterns to buy.
20 blouse patterns to sew
1. Camisole sewing pattern
Stitch this floaty camisole and wear it on holiday! It looks fab when worn with shorts or with jeans. This lovely blouse pattern is free to download – so get stitching!
2. Turn a shirt into a cami top pattern
Making a blouse doesn't need to be expensive! Sometimes you can create a beautiful garment by upcycling an old item of clothing and giving it a new lease of life. In this step-by-step project, Portia Lawrie explains how to turn a shirt into a cami top.
3. How to turn a shirt into a blouse
This free sewing project by Jennie Jones explains how to transform an old shirt into a pretty sleeveless blouse. It's a great way to update a shirt – especially if it the sleeves are damaged in some way and you want to salvage the top.
4. Easy men's shirt refashion
This casual off-the-shoulder blouse pattern is made using a men's shirt. It's a fun way to turn a shirt into a pretty new blouse and it's perfect to wear in the spring or summer.
5. Cara blouse pattern
We're always thrilled to discover that a pattern has added pockets and this long-sleeved blouse makes pockets a feature of the design. This funky free blouse pattern will make a lovely addition to your wardrobe. It's available in US sizes 0/2 to 28/30.
6. Marcia blouse pattern
Bring your work wardrobe up to date with this beautiful blouse pattern. It has a centre-front seam with a deep neck opening and there's a soft partial gathering at the front. A thin ribbon around the neck completes the look. This pattern in available in sizes ranging from a UK 6 (US 2/EUR 34) up to a UK 24 (US 20/EUR 52). Here we've linked to a UK size 10, but if you look in the pattern description you'll find links to all of the other sizes.
7. Tamsyn tunic top pattern
Keep cool all summer long with this beautiful tunic top pattern with gathered sleeves. This pattern has optional tassels, but you can leave them off if you're not fond of tassels. Sold in UK sizes 6-20(US 4-18/EUR 34-48).
8. Bea blouse pattern
We love the retro style of this pretty Bea blouse pattern! It has a sweet pussy bow at the top and could be worn to work and out for dinner afterwards. The are two sleeve styles available for this vintage-inspired top, so you can have shorter or longer sleeves depending on your preference. Available in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-48).
9. Verna blouse pattern
This elegant blouse sewing pattern designed by Roisin McKenna can be styled for any occasion. It can be adjusted in multiple ways, but we think this variation with ties on the sleeves is simply adorable. The pattern includes the steps and clear photographs to help you make your own glamorous Verna blouse pattern. Available in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-48).
10. Mia blouse pattern
Bring some 60s vibes into your wardrobe with this vintage-style blouse sewing pattern, which is inspired by the shift dress. We love the flowing sleeves and this blouse sewing pattern includes darts around the chest for a stylish fit. If you love the shape of this top, you can also sew a matching dress using the pattern! Available in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-48).
11. Indigo blouse pattern
This boxy top is perfect for everyday wear and looks stunning when made using a vibrant floral fabric. It has a flattering cut that will help you to stay cool and comfortable during the summer months. As an added bonus, this pattern set includes a short-sleeved variation you can make too. Available in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-48).
12. Vera blouse pattern
This Vera blouse pattern has a beautiful pleated front to ensure a good fit. There are box pleats at the back of the blouse under the yoke, so the fabric falls nicely. This blouse looks great when combined with a pair of shorts for an easy summer outfit. Available in US sizes 4-30 – check the sizing guide to make sure you choose the right pattern for your figure.
13. Anderson blouse
The Anderson blouse is inspired by the tops worn by Gillian Anderson in The Fall. The wrap top is sophisticated in style and feels very feminine. This pattern is suitable for a confident beginner to sew. Check the sizing guide to find the right fit for you!
14. MOCHA Margie blouse pattern
This chic and simple top would make an ideal wardrobe staple. It can be dressed up or down for any occasion and has a timeless elegance. Try adding a statement necklace and team it with leggings or skinny jeans to complete the look. Available in sizes XS to XXL.
15. MOCHA Lillie blouse pattern
This pretty Lillie blouse pattern with loose-fitting bishop sleeves is comfortable and suitable to wear all year round (just throw on a cardigan in the winter!). There are two different ways to sew the back of this blouse, so you can have a looser or more fitted garment. Available in sizes XS to XXL.
16. Iris top blouse pattern
We love the shoulder frills on this Iris blouse pattern! Make this charming top in autumnal shades or choose pastel colours for a more summery look. It looks great in lightweight cotton, but you could opt for lawn, sateen or silk for a more luxurious feel.
17. The Blouse pattern
This versatile blouse pattern is smart enough to be worn during the day and in the evening. It has an elegant stand collar, three-quarter length sleeves and a loose fit for comfort. This pattern doesn't include any darts, making it suitable for a confident beginner or intermediate sewer. Available in UK sizes 6-22.
18. Signature box top blouse pattern
Everyone needs a box top in their closet! It's a classic look that works for any event – keep it simple by making it in a plain colour or add your own twist with a vibrant print. This pattern is available in sizes XS to XXL and also includes patterns for a scrunchie and a headband to complete the look.
19. Esther tunic top blouse pattern
This vintage-inspired tunic top has a Bohemian feel and would be lovely to wear on crisp autumn days. This pattern is made using Liberty's distinctive floral fabric and can be sewn in cotton, crepe de chine or silk. Explore Liberty's fabric range to find the right material for your top. Available in size XS to XXL.
20. Thea boho blouse pattern
This high-necked blouse with puffed sleeves is almost Victorian in style, but a bold pattern can bring it up to date! This boho blouse pattern can be sewn in UK sizes 6-22. Check out Liberty's fabric range to find the right material for your blouse.
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints