My Uptown Folk Blouse in Sew News, Apr/May 2016

My first new pattern of this year is out – I finished a while back and have been waiting and waiting to be able to share with you!


It is part of an article I wrote for the current, Apr/May 2016 issue of Sew News magazine that shows you how to make a sweet embroidered peasant blouse for summer. You can download the pattern for both the blouse and embroidery for free through May 31, 2016 (for the instructions you’ll have to buy the magazine), after which it will be for sale through as a standalone pattern on the site.


It’s a clean-cut, easy-to-sew blouse that I really enjoyed designing and making. The embroidery design is based on the folk wear of the Palóc region, though I took quite a few liberties with the colors and placement to create it. I just got the sample and my complimentary copy of Sew News late this afternoon so I haven’t had time to press it and take decent photos of anything. But it’s a fun, free project (for now) so I wanted to get it out there for all of you to enjoy! I will try to get better photos soon.

Here’s the cover of this issue (there are some cool projects in it, if I do say so myself!):



I also made a non-embroidered version of the Uptown blouse in a lovely Anna Maria Horner Voile I’ve had in my stash for years. I’ve worn this blouse nearly to bits last summer. In this version, I machine-finished the sleeve hem and neckline, and used a vintage button for the neckline closure instead of ties.



I love this pattern because it uses fairly little fabric, and can be made to look completely different depending on the fabric and colors you use. And I think it’d look great with the stretch twill True Bias Hudson pants that Lauren Dahl posted about recently, which I saw on Instagram and just adored. And now you see one of the reasons I’ve been looking for ways to style peasant blouses!


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17 Responses to My Uptown Folk Blouse in Sew News, Apr/May 2016

  1. kalimak says:

    I missed it when I flicked through the magazine — now I need to go back and buy it! Such a lovely blouse! I would like to challenge myself and try the embroidered version.

  2. Francesca Amodeo says:

    Oh, I love this! I don’t like most peasant blouse tops around – too full – except your Roza, which I have and love:). But this is refined. I can just see it with my Mariska skirt. I downloaded it – thanks for the link. Are the seam allowances included, please? Going to get the digital mag too as I like the look of it.
    Darn – I just printed it, and the right side margins are missing:(. I suppose it’s drafted for a US size paper. Second thoughts about getting the mag now:(.
    Are the seam allowances included, please?

    • Kati says:

      Hi, thank you for your kind words! I know what you mean about peasant blouses and fullness… But also, if you ever take a photo of your Mariska skirt with this blouse, could you send it to me? I’d love to see it.

  3. Francesca Amodeo says:

    Me again:). I looked at the pattern sheets carefully and figured out I should be able to fit them together using the words to make sure I’m leaving the right “gap”. Perhaps you could tell Sew News to format their patterns like yours, for US and A4 paper:)….. I love this pattern but shan’t buy any patterns from that site.

    I also bought the digital magazine so my question about seam allowances is now redundant:). I do have one more question though – sizes – there are no measurements in the mag as far as I can see. I take a medium top in your Roza – is this pattern in your sizing, please?

    Thanks again

    • Kati says:

      Hi Francesca, so sorry for my slow response! We had family visiting and the last person who was staying with us just left this afternoon. In terms of sizing, it is sized the same as the Roza so if you have that size chart, you should be good to go. I’m about to write to Sew News and ask if they could put a link to my size chart on the page with the pattern download link. Here’s hoping!

      • Francesca Amodeo says:

        Hi Kati
        thanks for your reply – I didn’t receive a notification and just thought to check:). I should have known it would be the same sizing but am a precisenik so had to check:)
        thanks again

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  13. Jennifer says:

    This is a beautiful top! Does the pattern include instructions for making petite sizes?

    Thank you,

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