One size (up to 40" (102cm) bust).
This is a stunningly beautiful shirt when fully embroidered, and a simple peasant blouse if you choose forego the embellishments. Add your own character to this classic European peasant blouse with traditional handwork techniques or modern embellishments.
The graceful shape of this simply cut peasant blouse can be accentuated by your choice of fabric, for a simple contemporary look, although it is traditionally characterized by the variety and beauty of its handwork. We offer both versions.
Our Romanian Blouse has a gathered neckline, underarm gussets, and sleeves that can be worn ¾ or full length, with a self-formed deep ruffled cuff, gathered at the wrist, or hanging loose. Our "one size" pattern will busts up to 40" (102cm).
Optional designs and instructions are included for: embroidery (sleeves and front of blouse), smocking at neck and wrists, crocheted edges for neckline and wrists, handmade drawstring cord, and for sewing the entire blouse by hand, using insertion stitch and decorative hem-stitching. Any or all of these techniques can be made with the casings for drawstrings and purchased braid.
Suggested fabrics: Lightweight, soft fabrics such as fine cotton or linen, silk crepe, muslin, cotton gauze.
Sizing and Yardage chart (.pdf) - finished chest measurement is approximately 50" (127cm), finished width at hem is 47" (119cm).
This is a PDF pattern. For the paper pattern, go here. This PDF pattern contains several files, including cutting/sewing instructions, handwork detail instructions, print at home file, and copy shop versions (fits on A0 and 36" wide).