Fabric Suggestions for 103 Romanian Blouse

This is a stunningly beautiful shirt when fully embroidered, and a simple peasant blouse if you choose forego the embellishments.   Our pattern includes instructions for traditional embroidery, smocking, and crocheted finishes as well as techniques for creating drawstrings and how to sew the blouse completely by hand.   So many options for finishes give lots of potential versions of this shirt.  

We did a search for some great fabrics to make it from, with or without the embroidery or embellishments.  We suggest lightweight, soft fabrics such as fine cotton or linen, silk crepe, muslin, cotton gauze.

PLEASE NOTE: Fabrics used as examples in blog may go out of stock from store.  If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute.  These suggestions are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written!

Traditionally, a white handkerchief linen was the fabric commonly used for this blouse.  We found a lovely selection at Purl SoHo

 Botanica Tinctoria carries a variety of colors of organic cotton voile.  We appreciate the products that they create, and also have used their threads for embroidery, drawstrings, and tassels for this pattern.

Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics has a large selection of linen and linen blends.  The shirt pictured below was made with a linen blend from their selection.  The fabric we used is sold out, this subtle striped viscose/linen blend is similar.  

Here is a simple modern version mentioned above (fabric was from Stonemountain and Daughter), and the draw string and tassels are made with Botanica Tinctoria thread

To take it a step further away from the traditional, this blouse would be gorgeous and fun this classic yet modern pattern of Liberty of London lawn at Bolt Fabrics.

Another option is to construct this blouse in a cotton gauze.  There are many options for solid colors in stock at Michael Levine's Fabric.  This sweet and simple champagne cotton gauze would work well for embellishment and embroidery or just "plain" as a simple wardrobe staple.  


Whichever direction you choose to go with this blouse, we are sure you will love it!  It is a great foundation for handwork and detail as well as a stand alone classic.  We'd love to see what you create.

ALSO, if you would rather not purchase and use a PDF pattern, we now offer to print our PDF patterns for you on 20 lb., 36" wide paper and mail them to you!  

You can also see how to use a PDF pattern on our blog.