Introducing the next pattern… the Oakridge Blouse!

I’m excited to introduce our second new pattern for 2015, the Oakridge Blouse!

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The Oakridge Blouse is a modern take on the bow blouse. It also includes a collarless version without the bow.

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Originally when I was working on this design, I wanted to include all of these variations in the Granville Shirt, but it worked out better to release two patterns instead. Here’s why!

One, I could increase the size range up to size 20. This was important to me (and to you too based on the response so far!) so I needed more space to include the larger size pieces.

Two, I could choose the design details that best suited the style. The Granville and Oakridge feature different plackets, different back designs, different front button bands and of course neckline variations. To combine them would have meant sacrificing design to fit in the space provided. This way, the dressier Oakridge blouse features a simple sleeve placket, while the tailored Granville shirt has the detailed ‘tower’ placket.

Three, I could put more detail in the instructions if I produced two separate patterns. The construction techniques required to sew a shirt are rather involved, and I didn’t want to skimp on the diagrams.

And four, I could make some of the pieces as full open pieces, instead of folded half-pieces. This is great for pieces like the yoke on the Granville shirt, where you’re likely going to cut two pieces open, rather than four on the fold.

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Back to the shirt! The Oakridge Blouse has a similar fit the Granville Shirt, defining the waist without clinging too much. There’s a bow collar option, but if that’s not your thing the collarless version is quite nice as well.

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What I really like about this style is the neckline, instead of sitting high up on the neck it’s a bit lower and more relaxed. I love bow blouses, but I wanted a simple, classic one without too many fussy details. Some are very retro-looking, some cinch too high on the neck, some are too gathered and billowing. This is a simple, clean, classic blouse. With a great bow!

This fabric is a light rayon voile with lovely drape. For the bow version, drape is important or the bow could look quite stiff. That effect could look quite dramatic as well. Decide on the look you’re after and choose a fabric that does what you want!

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Just like the Granville Shirt, the Oakridge Blouse is shaped at the waistline for a flattering look. It looks great from the back!

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I think this would look gorgeous under a jacket or cardigan, in a great printed fabric, so just the bow and a bit of the blouse is showing. The Oakridge Blouse is simpler (and quicker) to sew than the Granville Shirt, with less seams to sew, a simpler collar to construct and no pockets.

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The collarless version is shown in a polyester crepe de chine, which also has a nice drape for this pattern. This particular polyester fabric feels very soft and high quality, without being shiny.

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Oakridge is a neighbourhood in Vancouver, bordering on Granville Street. (See what I did there – Oakridge and Granville, both shirts, both new patterns?)  I considered calling it Oak, because Oak Street runs parallel to Granville Street and I think of both streets as the main ways to drive downtown from the south end. However Oakridge sounded classier than plain Oak, so that’s what I chose!

Pattern improvements 

Same as the Granville Shirt announced yesterday! I’ll highlight them again quickly.

  • We now haves size 0-20 included. (Previously we had sizes 0-16; we added 18 and 20.)
  • We now have metric AND imperial measurements on the envelope back.
  • We have a PDF and printed version available. Our PDF version includes a copy-shop version.
  • We have French translations, available for free! Download them here.

Pick up your copy of the Oakridge Blouse pattern today! Here are quick links to the shop:

Thanks for your support. I hope you like the two new patterns. Stay tuned for more versions of both Granville and Oakridge, and plenty of sewing tips. (As I sew up a million more button-front shirts. They’re so satisfying to make!)

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

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87 Responses to Introducing the next pattern… the Oakridge Blouse!

  1. scuffsan January 9, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    I was excited about Granville, and here comes Oakridge and blows my mind all over again! I love them both, now I need to get my hands on both patterns

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      Oh yay! Great to hear, thank you!

  2. joelle January 9, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    thank you for explaining why you chose to make those similar styles into two patterns! it makes so much sense! especially how it allows you to put the details you want into each pattern. anyways, i bought the Granville, i was really excited to see a classic yet feminine shirt pattern! as much as i want to love the Archer, it just doesn’t quite work for me. but i Think the Granville will be just the ticket! i cannot wait to see what more you have in store for us this year!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      Glad it was interesting to read why the patterns worked out this way! Yes, I really wanted to have the tailored placket on the Granville but not the Oakridge, and I wanted to have the lower neckline on the Oakridge for the bow, but that didn’t work with the Granville collar.. so I had to do two, and I couldn’t choose which one was best so I did both! Glad I did. It seems people gravitate towards one or the other, or they really want to focus on work blouses and want both!

      • Arlene January 16, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

        Can you please tell me when the newest shirt patterns will be available in Vancouver stores. I have tried Fabricana and Spool of Thread but no patterns yet. I was able to buy fabric using the chart online, thank you, but cannot get sewing.

        • Tasia January 20, 2015 at 10:48 am #

          Fabricana has it, at the Richmond location at least! I was there yesterday and they have both patterns out on display. I’d call first just to be sure before going at either place.

  3. sonia January 9, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    2015 is going to be a fantastic year for my wardrobe! Love version c, I realised when I saw the design it’s cropped up in my wardrobe many times over the years, so I know it’s a winner. Excited to try both other views also. Both patterns are a hit for me. Thank you!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      Thanks! That’s a great way to put it, a fantastic year for your wardrobe! We have many other patterns planned this year and I hope you like them too. Whenever you find yourself buying or wearing the same type of garment over and over, you know it’s a winner for you!

  4. Heather L January 9, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    I kind of love the collarless burton up…what a great idea! And very nice to hear the background info on releasing two seemingly similar patterns.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

      Yes, I wanted to explain why, and the benefits of focusing on each design separately! The collarless blouse is a nice layering piece too, it looks nice to have just a little row of buttons and a peek of shirt under a jacket or cardigan.

  5. Debra January 9, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    I really like both of these patterns and tucking them away in my mind till I see the right fabric that will work. I bought Renfrew when I was given a lovely royal blue knit. I’m thinking Granville will be found first but Oakridge won’t be far behind.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      Good idea! Now’s probably a good time to search out shirting fabrics, when the new Spring arrivals show up.

  6. karen January 9, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    Will you be having a sew along with the oakridge and the granville-would be especially helpful with the front buttons and of course the button cuffs.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      We’ll be posting lots of tutorials, without the structure of a sewalong. It’ll be more casual but we’ll cover all of the tricky stuff! What steps are you most interested to see explained – the cuffs? Button placement? Let me know and I’ll add them to the list! I’m planning to sew several more shirts for myself so I can focus on taking step-by-step photos as I go.

      • karen January 10, 2015 at 8:30 am #

        Yes, that would be fantastic if there were more details in the construction of the
        cuffs and the front button placement-thank you!

  7. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs January 9, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    Well done again! I ordered both new blouses last night. This one is going to be absolutely perfect for work, which is my main sewing focus lately. Can’t wait to make these up!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks so much for the order! They’ll be great for work, and it’s smart to focus your sewing on a real need in your wardrobe.

  8. Michelle January 9, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    What a delicate feminine blouse. This is really lovely. I think the bow makes it. It has such soft lines to it, and I think it would be very flattering. Being very curvy, blouses just haven’t been a part of my wardrobe, but you’re getting me to re-think that.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

      Thanks! The drapier the fabric, the more it’ll float gently over curves without being too clingy. It’s also a good layering piece if you wanted to wear it with fitted cardigans, or jackets, to add a pretty splash of colour near the face. (I love the idea of a pullover and just the bow showing, tied at the neck!)

  9. Kelly January 9, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    I like them both! I’ve been very into looser shirts, aka Archers, but this shirt in particular is tempting me. I love the low bow, not too twee and not too retro is important for me!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

      I agree, that was my goal, and I’m glad to have achieved it!

  10. Melissa January 9, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    I love the Oakridge blouse! The plain round neck version is what I’ve been looking for! I live in Vancouver – when will these patterns be available locally at places like Spool of Thread?

    Thanks!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      Hopefully soon! I’d call and check to find out if they have their order yet, and when it’ll be out on the floor. Retailers were able to buy a little bit earlier so some might already have the patterns in stock!

  11. May January 9, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Beautiful! I particularly love the collarless version. I’m so happy to see the Oakridge and Granville because I gave up on trying to find a fitted button down in rtw that fit. They always seemed to twist and pull in weird places. This is very exciting :)

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

      Button-front blouses seem like they should be an easy thing to shop for, but they aren’t! So many parts of the body to factor in – necks, shoulders, arm length, busts, etc. Making your own is going to fit so much better I’m sure.

  12. Fiona M January 9, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    This is the one for me! Thanks so much for adding the larger sizes.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      I’m so glad that the larger sizes will be helpful! It’s good to know that people will be using them, that the work to make additions was worthwhile because people are already benefitting.

  13. Elle January 9, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    I love this! I loved Granville but already had a pattern for a basic buttondown, but the Oakridge is so feminine and pretty that it’s just hit my “to buy” queue! Love it!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Thanks! I like that both patterns suit a different need. If you don’t already have a button-front pattern you like we have the Granville, and if you’re looking for something more feminine we have the Oakridge. It’s Shirt Month over here!

  14. Jools January 9, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    Very nice! I like the Granville too, but this is definitely more my style. Now to find the right fabric, and figure out when on earth I’m going to have time to tackle this, with all the other patterns I want to make…

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Oh, I know! At least the Oakridge is easier than the Granville, easier to fit into a busy schedule? I know the feeling. So many great sewing ideas, so little time!

      • Jools January 12, 2015 at 11:34 am #

        It doesn’t help that I constantly have feline assistance while sewing, particularly while I’m trying to get it cut out…all that nice soft fabric is perfect for sitting on, and the pattern pieces make a lovely crinkly sound!

        • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

          I see a ton of cat-on-fabric photos on Instagram! So helpful eh? At least they make good weights?

          • Jools January 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

            She’d make a fantastic pattern weight if she’d stay still, but trying to trace/cut while a cat is attacking would make for some, shall we say, interesting fit issues! Plus there’s the little detail that she tends to spill over the edges of all but the largest pieces. I will say that I had at least some success a while back working around the cat while she rather smugly parked herself in the middle of the skirt for my Lonsdale dress.

            • Tasia January 15, 2015 at 9:57 am #

              Haha, awesome. Smugly parked on your pattern piece, sounds like the cat runs the show! :)

  15. nothy January 9, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    I ordered both last night and a Renfrew pdf – because my Renfrew paper pattern is old and getting ruined. I love both the new patterns! Looking forward to a sew along – or at least some sewing tips!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      Definitely some sewing tips! It’ll be less formal, but incredibly informative. Mostly because I love both of these pattern so much, and want an excuse to sew more!

  16. Sue January 9, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    I love this blouse too! Just right for work and so feminine! I haven’t sewn for a while but I think these two latest patterns are just the thing to get me going again! And I will be trying the PDF versions for a change!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      Yes, they’re great for work! Good for any time of year, layered or worn alone. So glad you’re inspired to get back to sewing! Sometimes you need a break and then a project you’re excited about to fall back in love with sewing.

  17. Abby January 9, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve always liked the look of a plain white button down but never felt like they were quite “me”, the bow-less version of this is way more my style. Beautiful! (Plus the button-down aspect means breastfeeding access- a practical make for me!) I agree with nothy- can’t wait for a sew-along!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      Oh for sure, and if you wanted even faster access you could add snaps to the front bands instead! It’s a really nice way to wear a tailored shirt, this collarless version, without it feeling too conservative or buttoned-up.

  18. Alexis January 9, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    I love both patterns and can’t wait to try them out. :)

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      Thanks so much!

  19. Sophie-Lee January 9, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    Tasia and Caroline, this is another GORGEOUS pattern, I cant wait to make both of them up!

  20. Sena January 9, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Lovely! I’m so tempted to get it though it might be too difficult for me. I have two questions:

    1. The patterns says it’s sized for pear shapes but the model seems not to be a pear shape. Did you grade the samples on the model? If my hips are almost the same size as the model then what size would I bet in the hips?

    2. Would the Oakridge work in a thick stable-ish knit like ponte? I’ve never found a woven fitted button down that feels comfortable, only knit button downs which are as rare as unicorns.

    Thanks!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      I’m glad you like it! It’s super easy to take in this pattern from waist to hip if you like. I’d suggest choosing the size that fits your bust and waist, and then tapering from the waistline in to the hemline. The pattern piece is going to flare from the waist to hips, you want to remove that flare as much as you need. Easy enough to do and you can even do it mid-construction, when you sew the side seams.
      I wouldn’t suggest using a ponte for the Oakridge if you want to do the bow collar. If you want to try the collarless version in a ponte, I’d considering using a thin woven fabric for the neckline trim, the plackets and possibly the cuffs. And button band. In short, it’s not the best pattern to use a thick knit fabric but it’s not impossible either.

      • Jen October 2, 2015 at 6:10 am #

        Hooray! Somebody has already asked my question about non pear shaped alterations. Looking forward to trying Oakridge. Not sure if there is one and I missed it but I would love to see a post on where you should think about altering patterns for different body types and choosing your size if you fit different parts of the pattern (ie which is the most important part to fit for different types of patterns

  21. V Reed January 9, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    Oh how wonderful! And wouldn’t you know, I bought a hot pink rayon voile just last week to make a blouse. Now I can snag the perfect pattern and whip it up!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      A hot pink bow blouse is going to be gorgeous!!

  22. Annette January 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    I adore this shirt. I can’t wait to purchase a copy of the pattern and get sewing! Many thanks, Annette

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      I’m so glad you love it!

  23. Danielle D. January 9, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I love your designs!! Thank you…

  24. Melissa January 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I remember that you wrote somewhere that you’d be releasing 3 new patterns at the start of the year. Is there one more coming up? Just wanted to make sure before I place my order.

    Thanks,

    Mel

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      Not this month! We do have three in the works, and we did the photo shoot with Emily for all three new styles (so you may be able to guess what it is if you read tuesday’s post!) but we’re still finalizing that last one. Probably March is when it will be ready.

  25. Catholic Bibliophagist January 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Does the version with the bow have a higher neckline than the one without? I can’t tell from the photo. Thanks.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

      They’re the exact same neckline! Well, the bow collar does raise it a little on the body, but the shirt piece that the collar is sewn to, is the same for both views. I hope that makes sense!

  26. Meredith January 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Tasia and co., you are killing it! I’m so excited for both of these, and so excited to support a business woman entrepreneur. You’re an inspiration on several fronts!

    mgrknits on Instagram

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

      Thanks so much! So glad you like it. :)

  27. Nikki January 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    I love them both, Granville is great as a casual blouse/shirt, but this Oakridge is so me. I’ve so many patterns to make up, and really don’t need anymore, but… With any luck my local NZ supplier will have them both soon.

  28. Sarah January 10, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    I love both these shirt patterns, my mind is already coming up with lots of variations and pattern hacks. Which make me wonder how easy is it to mix and match elements of the two patterns? For example switch the backs of the two shirts? Thanks

    • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 11:01 am #

      This is a popular question! Yes, you could switch the backs, although you’ll need to account for the yoke not being there on the Oakridge blouse. You can take the Granville pieces and extend them up, using the Oakridge back as a guide.
      You could switch the sleeves completely, using the simpler placket and one-piece cuffs from the Oakridge on the Granville or vice versa. Once you see the pieces it will probably be easier to tell which elements can be interchanged!

  29. Ami January 10, 2015 at 1:21 am #

    Beautifu!!! I will be buying both Tasia. :)

  30. Londa January 10, 2015 at 3:24 am #

    I love both of your new patterns. Is the fit similar enough to substitute the Granville back for better shaping? I like the details of both blouses but the princess seams in the back would work best for me.

    • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 11:00 am #

      Yes, although you’ll need to account for the yoke not being there on the Oakridge blouse. You can take the Granville pieces and extend them up, using the Oakridge back as a guide.

  31. Kathleen January 10, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    I love both these patterns! My only concern; I’m NOT pear-shaped and generally end up doing a FBA on dresses/shirts. How much trouble will I have making the FBA on these?

  32. Sarah January 11, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    I absolutely love this pattern! The scoop neckline is really great and I appreciate the true long sleeves. I’m new to Sewaholic patterns and have a fit question. I have a small bust, but broad shoulders. My sense is that pear-shaped gals often have narrow shoulders and I wonder if your patterns are designed with that in mind. Do you have any tips to help get a good fit for broad shoulders in the Oakridge blouse?

    • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Yes, our patterns are drafted with a smaller torso overall, narrow shoulders and a small bust. You may want to choose a larger size based on your high bust (above the bust under the armpits) which will give you a size that’s wider in the shoulders. Often this measurement will be wider than your bustline if your shoulders are wider, and then choose the pattern size that corresponds to this, rather than your bust. (Let me know how this goes!)

  33. Dorcas January 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    Tasia,
    I’m so excited about this pattern! Especially the no collar version although the bow version in cream charmeuse would sure rock under my newly finished black French jacket!

    Question: since you initially planned to combine this blouse with the Graville, would the Granville back work with the Oakridge front! That would be my dream blouse. I’m going for it and I’ll let you know how it goes!

    • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      That combo sounds perfect!
      What part of the Oakridge front do you want, the bow or the collarless? Or just the fact that it has no pockets? The only thing to consider is the yoke, there is no yoke on the Oakridge. So you’d have to account for that when combining the pieces. It sounds like you want the seaming of the Granville back and Oakridge everything else, so what I’d do, is use the Oakridge back as a guide for how much higher to extend the Granville back, to cover where the yoke would be. Hope that makes sense!

      • Lyn February 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

        …can you include the yoke when combining the Granville back with the Oakridge front (collarless).

  34. Zete January 12, 2015 at 2:01 am #

    I totally agree on two different patterns, because as much as i love the shirt, i really don’t care about the blouse. So thank you for not making any sacrifices and trying to fit those two in one. :)

    • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Love the honesty! :) I figured that would be the case, people who really want a detailed, tailored button-up shirt don’t want it simplified for the blouse version.

  35. Jen January 12, 2015 at 2:28 am #

    Oh I love both of these new patterns! And it makes perfect sense to split them up I think. I managed to resist for about a day before buying both in PDF versions.

    I’m planning to do View C for the Oakridge first and I am just wondering, how easy would it be to do, and would you recommend, French seams? It’s a seam I really like and avoids the need to finish the seams. Quickly reading through the instructions, it seems the only time seam finishes are required are for the side seams of the bodice, the underarm seam of the sleeve, and when attaching the sleeve to the armhole, all of which could presumably take French seams. But thought I would check. Thanks in advance!

    • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Yes, you could definitely use French seams! Just read ahead to ensure you won’t need that seam allowance open for whatever reason, but I think you’ll be fine! It might be a little tricky to do the sleeve-to-armhole seam that way though.

      • Jen January 13, 2015 at 1:15 am #

        Great, thank you! Ah yes, I looked at some shirts and blouses that I have and the armhole is serged so will probably opt for that there. Thanks again!

  36. Noelle January 15, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Beautiful! I love the tie neck version. I can’t resist a nice bow blouse!

  37. Erin January 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    This is gorgeous! However, you’re making me miss Vancouver……..!! Oh Oakridge Mall, Granville St shopping……..(sign)
    :)

  38. Becky Kowalski January 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    I don’t have a website I just really like your idea some of those out fits you have done for done for little girls would be great done up as a little girl

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