103 Romanian Blouse


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One size  (up to 40" (102cm) bust). 

This sewing pattern creates 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 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 three-quarter or full length, with options for a self-formed deep ruffled cuff, a cuff that gathers at the wrist, or hanging loose sleeve. Our "one size" pattern will fit busts up to 40" (102cm).

Optional designs and instructions are included for the detailed 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 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 pattern is available as a paper pattern and PDF pattern.  Choose the format you want in the drop down menu.  The 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).