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Bonnie Blouse and Dress

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The Bonnie Blouse is a pretty, feminine 1940s-inspired waisted blouse with a touch of glamour. It features a button-up front with vertical pleats on the front bodice, a concealed button placket, flat collar, bust darts and short sleeves with little turn-up cuffs. It has a waistband which cinches in the waist, with a sweet un-buttoned opening at the front waist. The Bonnie Dress version features an elegant knee-length gathered skirt and easy-to-wear elasticated waist.

Both the blouse and dress can be made without the pleats if you fancy a speedier make.

Great for work and play, Bonnie Blouse is beautiful worn with a pair of high waisted trousers or a lovely full skirt for a nod to its vintage-inspired design. For a more modern feel, it’s fabulous worn with a slimmer, more structured skirt.

The Bonnie Dress version is also an all-occasions all-rounder. In a classic navy or black the Bonnie Dress is perfect for the office, whilst in a fun colour or print she’s dressy enough for a wedding guest or party dress. For extra party vibes, swap the skirt to your favourite circle skirt and you’ll be twirling all night!

Sewing Level
The Bonnie Blouse is an intermediate level sewing pattern. Although not hugely advanced in construction, it has some tricker steps such as the concealed button placket and pleats, which require some precision. If you are an advanced beginner, you could try making the version without the pleated front as this is a little simpler.

Fabric Suggestions
For Bonnie we recommend lightweight woven fabrics with drape, such as rayon and viscose, lightweight crepes, georgette or chiffon. Some very fine cotton voiles could work as long as they’re soft and drapey, but we’d advise against lawn and anything heavier, especially for the dress version, unless you want a more structured garment.

Fabric Requirements
The Bonnie Blouse & Dress sewing pattern is sized between UK sizes 8-20. See the chart for details on fabric requirements. 

Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

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Additional information


Chiffon / Georgette, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Absolute Beginner, Intermediate


UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

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    5 out of 5 Sweet !

    Stitch And Press Ahn

    Sweet seems to be the word that best defines Bonnie. She is an ultra feminine blouse with 40’s style pleating. She come with 2 blouse options, with or without pleats and you can even convert her into a dress. Bonnie is a skill builder! Between her precise pleating and hidden placket, she’s not one of those patterns you can just skim through the instructions. You need to be precise with her markings and meticulously follow the directions. Don’t be afraid she is well worth the effort. I’m going to give you some tips to help you along.

    Modifications: I made a straight 10 (SOI usual) no modifications, but bonnie is a crop top, so make sure you either make a muslin or take good measurements. I”m long waisted and made the rookie mistake and didn’t add to the bodice. She needed around 1 inch in length to be perfect! The blouse is still wearable but I easily show tummy.

    Do not miss a mark or a notch on your fabric! Those pleats need to be evenly spaced or they will look funny. Practice those pleats on paper, fold the pattern. The right side of the front bodice has a hidden placket, so I recommend you start with the left side so you can wrap your head around the pleats without the hidden placket confusing you! Once you do one side the other is a breeze!

    I have more photos on my instagram if you want to take a look!

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