The Róza pattern is three styles in one: two blouses and a dress:
Let’s take a closer look.
1. View A is cropped peasant blouse with bracelet-length sleeves and gathered front. This is one of my go-to blouses, a wear-every-day, pull-it-on-like-a-t-shirt kind of blouse (also very nice to embroider on!):
2. View B: high-low-hemline blouse with short sleeves and flat front. I love this kind of asymmetrical high-low hemline. So flattering: the downward curve of the hemline at the sides draws the eye outward and away from what is usually the thickest part of one’s body:
3. View C: A-line dress with flat front and short sleeves:
You guys, I love this dress. It is so comfortable and easy to wear! Belt it, don’t belt it, twirl in it… Fun! Look:
But even the blouse might make you want to twirl and dance:
My model, the lovely Sarah, agreed. A big shoutout to Sarah: she was amazing to work with!
Here’s why this pattern was created. First, peasant blouses are so very wearable and practical. Second, I wanted to create a blouse that would make a good base garment for displaying embroidery: a modern and completely wearable take on the traditional peasant blouse. Modern because it has a smooth, sleek neckline with its raglan sleeves, nothing bulky, you can make it cropped or with an asymmetrical hemline, and its sleeves have fullness but are designed not to overpower the wearer. And then there’s a dress too, because no one has ever had too many dresses!
Here it is belted, as styled by Zsuzsi:
And here it is with my adult, albeit also sparkly belt:
Over the coming weeks I’ll be showing you variations of this pattern I’ve made in the past months. Some you’ve seen before, in my fall shop lineup, others are brand new.