Josie Blouse Sew-Along

29th January – 7th February

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We are having a sew-along where, from the comfort of our homes, we’ll sew up our Josie Blouses together. Everyone can work at their own pace and with whatever time they have available.

How it works: There will be a community hub where we’ll all pop in as and when we want to check up on others progress, chat sewing things, and share details or ask questions about our own Josies-in-progress. I’ll be on hand the entire time to answer questions on fabric, sizing, grading, instruction questions, or whatever else you can throw at me. There’s absolutely no pressure to progress at any pace and you can chat as much or as little as you like. It’s not video chats so you can be in full pyjamas and no one will know! The Sew-Along videos will be released throughout the week, and you can watch whenever you’re ready.

What you’ll need: By the 29th of January, try to have your fabric washed and dried and your chosen buttons at the ready. If you don’t have a copy of the pattern you can buy a paper or PDF version here.

Sew-Along Video Guides

Continue to reference the pattern instructions as well as using the videos below for further tips:
Page 6 – Marking the Shoulder Pleats (Video)
Page 7 – Prepare the Cuffs (Video)
Page 8 – Assembling the Shoulder Pleats (Video)
Page 9 – Attaching the Neckband (Video)
Page 10 – Assembling the Sleeve Pleats (Video)
Page 10 – Binding the Sleeve Vent (Video)
Page 12 – Attaching the Cuffs (Video)
Page 13 – Attaching the Sleeves (Video)
Page 14 – Marking the Buttonholes (Video)

Marking the Shoulder Pleats

Wondering about those markings on the shoulders? If you need any help understanding them or finding which ones are for your size it’s all explained in the video below:


Prepare the Cuffs

Want some help on prepping the cuffs? This video will walk you through all of the steps:


Assembling the Shoulder Pleats

Time for the pleats! This video shows the full assembly of pleats from marking to pressing so if you’re only interested in a particular section of the video you can skip to the following time:

  • Marking the pleat lines: 0:00
  • Sewing the first pleat: 4:15
  • Sewing the centre pleat: 6:42
  • Pressing the pleats: 9:00

Attaching the Neckband

Time to attach the neckband! The video walks you through every step from how (and why) to quarter the neckline to pressing your final beautiful neckline.


Assembling the Sleeve Pleats

Ready to put the sleeve pleats in? The video guide shows how to mark the pleats, assembly, and ironing them to get a nice flowing pleat line on your sleeves.


Binding the Sleeve Vent

A full walk-through on how to cut and then bind the sleeve vent so it has a nice clean finish.


Attaching the Cuffs

Showing how to attach the cuff to the sleeve.


Attaching the Sleeves

The video shows how to align the sleeve to shoulder pleats and easing the sleeve in.


Marking the Buttonholes

A quick guide on how to mark the buttonholes and checking they are put on the correct side of the cuff.