Josephine Sewing Pattern is here!

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I’m so excited to announce the release of my Josephine Sewing Pattern! We’ve been working hard to get this pattern ready and I hope you’ll enjoy sewing it up! One of my favorite things about Josephine is the pleats on the front; I think it creates a really sophisticated look even though they are really very easy to sew! The three views included in the pattern are:


View A –  a tunic version with a wider sleeve, narrow belt, and elasticized cuff (blogged here)


View B – a blouse version with a cuffed bracelet-length sleeve and an elastic casing in the back for a very flattering fit (blogged here)


View C – a sleeveless blouse with a center front slit and side vents (blogged here)

Of course the options that come with each view are interchangeable so you can customize your Josephine to make many different variations!

This pattern is a great project for the confident beginner sewist who is ready to add some skills and variety to their garment-sewing repertoire. The instructions and diagrams are thorough, easy to follow, and full of hints and tips. We’ve also included a special “Seam Finishes Appendix” in this pattern with instructions for my favorite seam finishes as well!

Sizes Included

This pattern comes in a range of six women’s sizes, from XS through XXL, with two bodice pieces included for each size: one has an A/B cup bust dart, and the other has a C/D cup bust dart. I’m hoping this will allow for a great fit for many shapes and sizes!! Refer to the charts below to find your size, and choose to make the A/B or C/D depending on your bra cup size.

Materials List

  • Woven fabric (see yardage chart below for amounts)
  • 1/2 yard 1/4″ elastic (View A, elastic cuff option only)
  • 1/2 yard 3/8″ elastic (View B only)
  • Coordinating thread

Recommended fabrics: woven cotton and linen blend fabrics such as voile, rayon challis, shot cotton, shirting, double gauze, lawn, and broadcloth. You may want to check out my post on garment fabrics here.

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Josephine has been featured previously on on my blog in the following posts:

Fall Pattern Preview: Josephine!
Josephine in Yellow Double Gauze
Pale Pink Josephine Top
My (handmade) maternity style
Am giant festive candy cane (made with the Josephine pattern + the pointed cap sleeve from my Washi Expansion Pack)

(Please note: Josephine isn’t intended to be a maternity sewing pattern, but the last two posts linked here show that I found it quite comfortable as a maternity top during the 1st and 2nd trimester)

I’d love to see what people are making with the Josephine Pattern! Please post pictures of your finished Josephine Blouses and Tunics to the Josephine Sewing Pattern Pool on Flickr!

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27 thoughts on “Josephine Sewing Pattern is here!

  1. wowie, do I love that third view. I’ve never bought a digital sewing pattern before, though I might have to try this one! Will ponder for spring 🙂

  2. Any thoughts on its practicality for a nursing mom? I’m a petite woman with an F cup currently so, depending on the ease, sufficient room to pull my shirt up can be a problem.

    • Hi Rachel — If you email me (click on contact) I can send you the finished measurements so you can see if there would be enough ease for the size you would need; neither bodice is skin-tight so it’s not always necessary to have a F-sized bodice dart; but you should check the finished measurements against your measurements and see if you would have enough room.

      I have enough room in the rayon tunic yet (I’m currently at 32 weeks of pregnancy) to fit it around my belly, so there’s quite a bit of ease even for me!

  3. Lovely – I’ve been waiting for this pattern to be released after pinning it months ago! I haven’t bought a downloadable pattern before, but think I might just have to now. Thanks Rae!

  4. So excited for this! Question- if I do view B, do I need to do the elastic casing? That’s not usually the best look for me, but do I need it to be able to get the shirt on/off? If I don’t do the casing, should I do view B but with view C’s side vents?

    • Hi Annie — the elastic casing is totally optional. I included it because if you wear the blouse untucked it makes the fit more “fitted” which can be more flattering for some, but you can just skip that step and go to the next without any problems! 🙂

  5. This top looks adorable and I have been waiting for you to sell the pattern. Do you have any pictures of the back of blouse?

    • Hi Jennifer — if you click on the link to the yellow top, you’ll see a pic of the blouse from the side where you can get a glimpse at the casing; it’s not the best shot but at least it gives you a bit of an idea of what the casing looks like on the back.

  6. Oh for goodness sake woman! Will you stop making fabulous patterns already! I need to add this to my collection! Where on earth do you find the time? I love view B, thinking I’d like it in a longer tunic length…

  7. You da bomb, girl. When my husband inquires about all my recent expenditures via made-by-rae, can I say Rae-made-me do it? Can you publish more-time-in-the-day as a pattern too? Cuz I’m in need of some. As well as in need of more good garment fabrics; I recently started to rearrange my quilting cottons to make room for my growing voiles and rayon challis collection. Now if only the manufacturers would print more pretty design selections on those substrates.

  8. Do you have any plans to release this as a printed version? I really prefer printed patterns and bought the Washi pattern that way (just made my 2nd Washi last week).

    • Hi Katrina – putting Josephine out in print is on the loooong to-do list. So it’ll happen at some point, but maybe not very soon!

  9. This is a beautiful blouse I would love to have this pattern,
    The best part of my day is when my 3 year old little boy comes into my room and gives me a soft kiss on my cheek.

  10. Hi! So, I made the top in View B (just finished it tonight!), and even after tweaking it a little bit to fix the fit, I still have an issue that I hope you can help me with. No matter what I do, the front creates a huge bulge over my abs, just below where the elastic pulls the fabric taut under my bust–I look like I’m about 5-6 months pregnant, which is not necessarily a bad look, but it’s not really desirable when you’re not pregnant! The fabric I chose is a cotton, and it seems to be behaving well in all other areas of the finished product except that one. Any suggestions?

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