Nina Lee - Bakerloo Blouse and Dress

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Make a statement with Bakerloo’s extra-extravagant ruffled collar and va-va-voluminous sleeves!

With both a blouse and dress option, and suitable for a wide range of fabrics and potential customisation, this is a pattern designed to be frilly fun! Closing with a button and keyhole at the centre-back, the pattern skims the bust into a loose fit around the waist for ease and comfort – after all, that’s the name of the game right now. The balloon sleeves (with two different length options) gather into elasticated cuffs with ruffled edges echoing the collar. The dress variation has a full gathered (and pocketed) skirt – grunge it up with tights and biker boots for the winter then drift around in breezy cotton lawn and sandals all summer. Wear the blouse on its own or under pinafores, dungarees and v-neck sweaters for statement layering.

Skill level: intermediate

Sizes: 6-20 UK

Suggest fabrics: light to medium-weight wovens e.g. lawn, poplin, chambray, silk dupion, crepe, fine needlecord; any fabric with enough body to create the collar but not too much bulk to gather into the frill! Of course you could use a contrast fabric or even a readymade trim for the frill…

The fabric requirements stated are intended for prints without obvious directionals; if you have a fabric with an obvious directional you will require additional length.