Introducing the next pattern…the Alma Blouse!

I’m excited to announce the newest pattern from Sewaholic Patterns today – the Alma Blouse!

This is a great, versatile pattern that offers three neckline variations and three sleeve variations, for a total of nine different blouses. Switch up the sleeve and neckline options and customize your perfect blouse! It just might be my favourite pattern yet because there are so many possibilities.

View A has little gathered cap sleeves, and the notched ‘V’ at centre front adds interest to the neckline.

Both vertical darts and bust darts create a flattering silhouette. The neckline is not too low or too high, but sits comfortably below the collarbone.

The tie belt draws attention to the waistline. While the Pendrell Blouse is great for tucking in, the Alma Blouse can be left untucked.

View B features a pretty rounded collar. It’s designed for contrast fabric, and the possibilities here are endless!

I’m imagining a printed blouse with a solid collar (like the one below), dots with stripes, a lace blouse with a solid collar, piping around the collar (or just piping around the round neckline)  trim or lace detailing… now if only I had a little more free time to make up all of the variations that are in my head! 

I like the elbow-length sleeves on this version. They’re slim without being tight, short enough to be out of the way but still provide plenty of coverage.

It’s a great-fitting blouse, streamlined without being tight. I left off the tie belt for View B, because I wanted to keep the focus on the collar, but you’re welcome to add it back on for your blouse!

View C has a simple round neckline. I love the full-length sleeves on this blouse! It’s nice to have a long-sleeved blouse option that’s not your classic button-down. This is a simple yet feminine alternative that’s perfect for work.

The cuffs close with buttons, and you know I love buttons. Pick out two special ones and show them off on your cuffs!

About the Fabric:

  • Alma Blouse View A: Polyester Print from Télio
  • Alma Blouse View B: Floral Cotton Voile from Télio, with black cotton for the collar (also from Télio)
  • Alma Blouse View C: Floral Cotton Voile from Télio

Want to know the best part? The Alma Blouse pattern went out for printing right before I left on holidays! So when I came back to the office, the patterns were all ready and waiting to be assembled. (And I finally finished stuffing the last of the envelopes late last night.) Place your orders now and orders will start shipping right away!

Click here to visit the pattern store and pick up your copy of the Alma Blouse pattern today. I can’t wait to see your finished blouses!

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94 Responses to Introducing the next pattern…the Alma Blouse!

  1. Sewbusylizzy August 2, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Really lovely. I can’t wait to make it (but I will have to as I live in Australia and order from Sew Squirrel).
    I adore that long sleeve version! I have fabric in mi d already.
    While I’m waiting I might just make my…. 4th Cambie. Yes, 4th seriously!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      Just sent out the wholesale order for Sew Squirrel this week. You won’t have to wait too long! Fourth Cambie dress, really? That is awesome!

  2. Gillian August 2, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Wow, you are just churning out the awesome patterns! I’d just been getting obsessed with the Thurlows, and here’s another one already! My orders in… now I’m just excited for the pattern to arrive! :) Thanks, Tasia!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

      Thank you! I bet it won’t take long to arrive. I’m glad you’re enjoying the Thurlow pattern!

  3. Seraphinalina August 2, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    Yet another workhorse of a top, I’m sure that will fill a good spot in any wardrobe.

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it. It’s a workhorse yes, but a pretty one!

  4. Thea August 2, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    This looks awesome – thank you! I have used your vacation to catch up with some patterns, and now have a Londsdale dress and a lot more fabric than before. Looks like I’ll be tackling my fear of buttonholes, and figuring out how they work. Fingers crossed the pattern gets to the UK stores quickly…

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      If you are afraid of sewing buttonholes, this is a good pattern to try them out on. For one, they’re not down the front, so if they turn out terrible no one will see them. Also, if they turn out really terrible, you could cut a new cuff and try again. On my next blouse I’ll put together some buttonhole tips to help, too!

  5. Jane August 2, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Very pretty. Is there a chance that you will make it available as a PDF download?

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Thanks Jane! No PDF downloads at this time, just the printed patterns for now. Thanks for the comment thought, it’s good to know that people are interested in PDF patterns for the future!

      • kristel August 3, 2012 at 7:44 am #

        I think PDF downloads would be absolutely wonderful too! So much quicker when you’re overseas and copying the pattern can take up so much time … and I just want to sew sew sew. My stash of five Sewaholic patterns just arrived here yesterday so I am going to tackle those first, but Alma looks great! Especially the long-sleeved version. Congratulations!

        • Tasia August 3, 2012 at 10:28 am #

          Thanks Kristel! It’s in my future plans at some point to figure out PDF patterns – both how to make the PDF itself, and how to make them available for sale and download. If I were to offer them I’d do both printed and PDF options. I’m glad you like the Alma and have fun sewing up your new pattern stash!

  6. Nothy Lane August 2, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    This looks like another great pattern, Tasia. Congratulations on all your successes. I’m going to order my copy of the Alma (and a few others) today.

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

      Thanks so much – I’m glad you like it!

  7. Shelley August 2, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Gorgeous blouse. Can’t wait to try it. I love that collar!! Ordering right now.

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      Awesome! Thank you and I’m pretty sure I just mailed out your order!

      • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

        I mean, I mailed everyone’s that ordered before noon, and I’m pretty sure yours was in the bunch. Otherwise it sounds like I’m unsure whether it made it out the door properly..

  8. Jessica August 2, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    In love! I’ve been looking for a simple, easy blouse pattern- I think this is what I’ve been waiting for :)

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      Thank you! It’s fairly easy – the hardest part is probably the placket and cuffs if you choose View C, and I’ll put together a couple of tutorials to help you along!

  9. Funnygrrl August 2, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    I love the red dotted version. The V notch is so flattering.
    Another home run!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      Thank you! The V-notch is so simple but makes the neckline a little more special. I’m glad you like it!

  10. Claudia August 2, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    This blouse looks great, Tasia! I wasn’t sure the Pendrell blouse would look good on me but I like the necklines of Alma a lot.
    A question- It says on the back on the envelope that it’s a pullover blouse, but the notions call for an invisible zip. Is the zipper in the center back or on the side?

    • Ryan August 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      according to the pattern testers, it’s on the side seam.

      • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

        Thanks, Ryan! Yes, it’s in the sideseam. It’s one of those zippers that opens in the middle of the seam, but doesn’t fully open under the arm or at the hem. (Which is why I called it a pullover, it does pull over, but there’s a zipper to allow for more wiggle room when pulling it over.) I hope this makes sense!

  11. melanie August 2, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    This is a lovely blouse and I’m so excited you made a long sleeve version! This is great for fall. I’ll be sure to pick it up next time I go to Spool of Threads!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      I just dropped off their order yesterday! So they’ll have it whenever you’re in the neighborhood I’m sure. If I remember correctly you had asked about adding sleeves to the Pendrell blouse (ages ago), now you don’t have to!

  12. Sam August 2, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    What a pretty blouse. I love the way simple changes can make so many different variations.

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Thank you! I know, I can’t wait to make up more of these. I could sew a dozen and none would look exactly the same!

  13. Kerry August 2, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Very pretty, so many potential ways for making it your own.

    I have not bought any patterns for ages but this is straight on my ‘to buy’ list, along with the Cambie dress and they’re the only 2 patterns on the list :)

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Excellent! I’m flattered that the only patterns on your ‘to buy’ list are Sewaholic patterns!

  14. Amy August 2, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Wow, I spent WAY too much time on Monday looking at all the pattern companies for a pretty blouse pattern and completely struck out. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. It’s so great.

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Well that is a fantastic compliment! I know that exact feeling, when you’re looking for a certain style of pattern and can’t find anything close. Happy to be able to help!

  15. Kim August 2, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Oh i cant keep up! So many lovely patterns! I just got thurlow and cambie! I guess once I have mastered them it will be onto this blouse. so versatile! Love the long sleeve option! Perfect to show off some pretty buttons!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      After Thurlow, this blouse will seem easy! I’m glad you like it – and I love having two semi-hidden buttons. You can use really wild buttons without them being obvious!

  16. Lynne August 2, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    This is gorgeous!! I love the version with the Peter Pan collar. :)

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

      Me too! It’s such a popular look these days, the Peter Pan collar. So many fabric-mixing possibilities!

  17. Annabelle August 2, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I swear your patterns were designed just for me. I love how so many of them are perfect for the office – yet can also be great weekend wear. Depending on the fabric chosen, your patterns are designed perfectly for both worlds. And of course with the sleeve variations I can work on my winter wardrobe or summer.
    I am going to make up view B first – I’m thinking of trying it out in a light weight wool and making a skirt with the same farbic as the collar – for a classy office outfit. But I am envisioning many colorful cotton versions as well!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

      Thank you! One of the things you guys asked for back in January was tops you could wear to work. Alma works for work, and in multiple seasons too! It’s nice to buy a pattern and know you can use it nearly year-round.
      Can’t wait to see your version!

  18. Wendy Piersall August 2, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Immediately after reading this I saw this post on the Free People blog: That first blouse looks a little familiar, doesn’t it? You’re such a trendsetter! ;)

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      Ah nice! I love a wild print with a solid trim – in this case, the collar. (I thought of red, on my sample, but then decided it might be too crazy). It’s a classic blouse pattern that makes it easy to try out trendy fabrics and colour combos!

  19. Rachel August 2, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I’m so excited for this blouse! Between this and your trousers and the cambie dress my post baby (due in dec!) wardrobe will be a thing of legend. Awesome job once again!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      Thanks so much – and congrats! Sounds like you have some fun projects lined up post-baby!

  20. Katy August 2, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Another lovely pattern Tasia – you’re spoiling us. Do you think the long sleeved version could be turned into a dress?

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

      I think so! That would be pretty cute, I bet, and comfy. I’d continue the lines of the blouse into a slight A-line or straight skirt – for me I’d choose an A-line so I didn’t have to worry about the hip width – and add as much length as I needed to the bottom plus hem allowance. I’d love to see if it you try it!

  21. Natasha August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    This blouse pattern looks great! Funny, I just finished a pendrell blouse in the exact fabric you used for view b. :)

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

      Oh nice! The fabric was great to work with, I really like it. It would make a lovely Pendrell too!

  22. sara August 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Tell us how you came up with the name for this one!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      Oh! I totally forgot to add that part to the blog post. Alma is a street in Vancouver, near the University of BC, where a friend of mine lived when I was working on this blouse – so I’ve named it for her, sort of. Also, because Alma is a pretty name and it’s such a feminine blouse, so naming it a girl’s name made sense!

      • sara August 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm #


  23. Fiona August 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Another winner there Tasia! I’ve already seen one on a pattern tester’s blog and it’s beautiful!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank you! I’ll be sharing some pattern tester Alma Blouses soon, so you can see more versions of the pattern, not just the ones on me!

  24. Beata August 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    it’s gorgous! You look wonderful!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      Thank you!

  25. Adele August 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I loved testing this pattern and have worn my long sleeved version heaps, its a great blouse with jeans but also looks good with a skirt.. I just need a skirt in the right colour!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      Thanks for being a pattern tester! It’s great to hear you’re getting a lot of wear out of your blouse. I agree, it works equally well with jeans or a skirt!

  26. Tasia August 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Hey everyone! Just shipping the first round of patterns and I’ll be back to answer your questions, including where the name Alma comes from!

  27. Laurie August 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I think my daughter will like this! She is starting college soon and wants some casually cute and classy outfits that aren’t so revealing.

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      Awesome! It’s a nice blouse if you’re looking for something classy and not too revealing. The neckline is nowhere near cleavage level, but it’s still comfortable and not too snug around the neck. I hope she likes it!

  28. maddie flanigan August 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    this is a great great pattern! So versatile! I can’t believe that there are a total of 9 blouse variations!

    • Tasia August 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

      I know! And not just minor variations, like adding trim or something. Nine totally different blouse shapes! I’m glad you like it!

  29. youseef August 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    so nice work..i like it look so nice..i like the color …

  30. youseef August 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    so nice work..i like it look so nice..i like the color …

  31. Lucy August 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    This looks like it could be exactly what I need! Far too much of my day-to-day dressing has me looking like a student (you know, jeans and Threadless t-shirt) and I really need some more ‘nice’ tops that go somewhere in the middle between t-shirt and dress shirt. I’m thinking of all the colours I could make it in! The long sleeve version in turquoise georgette! The short sleeve one in floral lawn!

  32. Melanie August 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Love it! Ordered and cannot wait to make it.

    View 2 is awesome!

  33. Angelina August 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    OMGAH!!! LOVE THIS ONE! I’m thinking of making a mini-wardrobe out of sewaholic patterns. You have some great pieces!

  34. Carolyn August 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Such a pretty pattern!

  35. Winnie August 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    So cute! I will definitely be ordering this one along with the Thurlow pants.

    I think your patterns are the best – they taught me how to sew and I never have to make alterations because they fit perfectly every time! Yippee!


  36. Jane August 3, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    This is the blouse pattern I’ve been waiting for all my life! I love all three versions and will definitely be making a version of each one this autumn. I’ve also been following the testers’ versions on various blogs and they all AMAZING! Well done on another great pattern Tasia. x

  37. soisewedthis August 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    This would be a perfect work top. I can imagine so many cute versions! I only started sewing about 2 months ago, but I think I could tackle this. A store near me has some of your patterns so I’ll have to check to see if they’ve gotten this one in yet. Keep up the great work! Very inspiring!

  38. Nikki August 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Ooh, like! Must get that order in! :-)

  39. Reana Louise August 4, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    Tasia I adore this blouse! And your photos are lovely!

  40. Nethwen August 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I love the look of this blouse and all the options! Sadly, I don’t yet know how to convert regular patterns to petite vertical proportions. If I did, I would be buying this for sure.

    • Tasia August 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi! I’d suggest a fitting book, perhaps Fit for Real People which covers all kinds of pattern adjustments and shows examples on real people, before and after and such. I’m no expert on petite adjustments but I bet there’s information out there to help. Or try google-searching for petite adjustments on sewing blogs or Pattern review. If I see anything that looks useful I’ll pass it on!

  41. Debbie August 5, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Oh yes! I totally agree with the comment above me! I’ve been eyeing all of your patterns for a while because 1) they’re sooo cute and 2) I’m pear-shaped as well! But the one thing that is stopping me from placing a ginormous order is sizing (which is precisely why I took up sewing in the first place; not many places sell size 00 or XXS =O). I’m about 2 inches off each measurement, are your patterns easy to grade down? =)

  42. Caroline August 10, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Hi Tasia! Awesome work again!

    Quick question: Any chance you (or any of your pattern testers) have made the long sleeve Alma blouse in a solid color? I’m looking for a long sleeve blouse pattern to make work appropriate shirts (specifically, shirts that would work with blazers and pencil skirts). But every Alma version I’ve seen is patterned fabric and I have a hard time picturing it in a solid color fabric.

    Don’t get me wrong I adore patterned fabric! But since all the skirts I’ve made are geometric, polka dotted, flowery, etc… Now I need some basics to pair with them. Keep up the great work!

    • Tasia August 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      I know the feeling – I need more solid blouses in my wardrobe too, to go with all the fun prints! I think most people went for printed fabrics but I’ll continue to post inspiring Alma blouses on the blog. I want to make some solid ones myself but am not sure when they’ll be finished and posted!

      Personally I think Alma would be lovely in solid fabrics. It’s like the solid button-down work staple blouse, but more feminine and less structured! Think about how to handle the facings and if they’ll show through (if you’re thinking white perhaps) and how to make them look good (topstitching maybe, or trimming them down?) Darker and medium colours should be no problem. I have plans for a white eyelet View A to make before the summer’s over (hopefully!)

  43. Sue October 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi Tasia Love the blouse. Please think about designing a jacket or blazer…..I think your patterns are amazing

  44. Susan January 10, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    Hi, Wondering if I could ask you a question about sewing the Alma Blouse ?
    I chose the size 12 which in the bust measurement is only 1/2 inch bigger than my measurement. I made a muslin cos I’m sick of having disasters with nice fabric.
    When I tried the muslin on last night I found if I pinched a vertical dart down the centre in the bust (above the waist) it looked a bit better. I was a little concerned about the placement of the darts. I have never done a small bust adjustment but I’m wondering if I should perform this function instead.

    I love the pattern and I can’t wait to make it up in some wearable fabric.
    Thank you

    • Susan January 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      I think I need to cut a smaller size !

    • Tasia January 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

      Hi Susan! It’s hard to tell what the best thing to do is, but perhaps a smaller size might help? If you’re taking width out vertically, above the waist, it sounds like it needs to come in through the bust, back, and armholes/shoulders. Or try taking in the sides until it fits, if you’re not removing a lot of fabric?
      A small bust adjustment would be done if the shoulders and armholes and back all fit well, but the bust cups were saggy, as if there is too much fabric just over the bust curve and you could stuff it and the blouse would fit.
      Try to check out ‘Fit for Real People’ – the book, there are lots of good fitting pictures showing how to adjust full busts, small busts, backs, armholes, etc. Hope this helps!

      • Susan January 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

        Thanks for your help Tasia. I’m going to finish the second muslin today so fingers crossed.

  45. Enid June 5, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    I’m beginner sewer and visual learner is there anyway that you can make youtube tutorial videos like professorpincushion? I follow her on YouTube and I had made my first pair of boxers besides downloading the pattern pdf file! I love the pretty choice of material on the alma blouse I love flower prints! I also follow another YouTube fashion sewing blog with Colleen Lea.

  46. Enid June 5, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    I just saw the pattern for the alma blouse and saw it was a bit pricey along with the shipping cost to USA! That is sure out of my budget! ;(

  47. Johanna September 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Thanks so much for such a lovely pattern. Just ordered the Alma and Thurlows and just have to wait for my mum to come to Austria to visit me as shipping to her in Germany was free. Just wondering about the fabric choices (already). I think I’ll go for a bright cotton twill for the pants but would like to try some spoonflower fabric for the blouse. Do you have tried any before? Which one would you recommend? I’ve ordered a swatchbook but am not sure if anything is drapey enough (apart from the silk crepe which in turn is quite expensive).
    Thanks for all you help!

    • Tasia September 19, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Johanna! I’ve never tried Spoonflower fabric before but I love the idea of it! For the Alma, it doesn’t necessarily have to be drapey to work. It depends on the look you want. For a blouse like Karen’s, very elegant, then drapey is good (link here – Cotton would work, like Lauren’s plaid version here –
      My samples for View B and C are both cotton voile which I believe Spoonflower offers, if I remember correctly!
      Check out some of the finished Alma Blouses here – google image search and see what the different fabrics look like! Hope this helps :)

      • Johanna September 20, 2013 at 3:47 am #

        Hi Tasia,
        thank you so much for your tips! I have now ordered some swatches from spoonflower (Cotton Sateen and Cotton Silk) and will decide then. I also had a look at the google images and it’s amazing how different all the blouses look.
        Thanks again for such great patterns. I will let you know how I get on.


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