Navy + White Gingham Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

Off-the-shoulder blouses are currently everywhere: in stores, magazines, and pattern catalogues. I don’t always make the newest trend right away, probably because I like to see what other people make first or which patterns seem to work the best. This time, though, I happened upon the perfect fabric. This navy and white embroidered gingham is from This fabric is the loveliest of weights for a blouse, and has a slight amount of stretch to it not included in the description. There’s only a little bit left as of this post. I highly recommend you snap some up!


I chose Simplicity 8296 for it’s slightly fitted shape and cute sleeve ties. So many of these styles of blouses have elastic around the entire top, and I liked that this one has a smooth band in the front. I cut this blouse in a size 10, one size down from my typical 12, because I wanted a closer fit and because my fabric had some stretch. I did use the length of elastic for the 12, though. Thanks to weight-lifting, my shoulders have broadened somewhat. I also cut about 3 inches off the bottom hem. This top is almost tunic length as drafted.


One great thing about this design is that I do not need to keep tugging the neckline down my arms. Garments that need constant readjusting just do not end up being worn much by me. I like to put clothing on and go about my business.


Since the fabric is cotton, it behaved very nicely while being stitched up.


I cut the top front band and sleeve ties on the bias for some visual interest. You can better see the fabric texture in the following close-ups:


Could these sleeve ties be any cuter?!


I really love this blouse and have plans to use the pattern again for a dress in the next few weeks. What do y’all think? Am I ready for a backyard BBQ’s?



  • Michelle
    May 8, 2017

    Looks great! The neck line is fantastic and I could see myself wearing that here in Florida where it’s starting to get a little on the warm side. I agree with you about the ready to go clothing. I also like items that I can wear to work and also casual down easily when I get home.

    Keep up the excellent work Amanda!

  • Lori
    May 8, 2017

    That is a beautiful blouse and gorgeous fabric.

  • Karen
    May 9, 2017

    Cute top! I love the bias cut band and shorter length although a dress will be darling with the sleeve ties. As usual, your expert sewing and fitting produced a great garment, Amanda.

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 22, 2017

    This top is so cute – thank you for posting on it. I too love the elastic just at the shoulders and the sleeve ties. Great pairing with the gingham 🙂