Bespoke Double Gauze Blouse



Here’s a blouse I made last fall out of the new Bespoke double gauze for Cotton and Steel which is in shops right now. I originally intended to make another Geranium Dress out of this double gauze for the Stylo photoshoot, but after first making the striped Moon Pants I decided I absolutely had to make something for myself with the remainder. It was definitely a spur of the moment decision based on the fact that I love this stripe so much. That bronze color is yum and the print is brilliant. And honestly I already had so many garments for the Stylo shoot that I figured it wouldn’t matter if I made myself a little something.

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The decision to use the selvages for the button placket was not only aesthetic, it was also practical. I didn’t have much fabric left (I had to do a little patching of one of the back bodice pieces to make everything fit, actually) so cutting the backs right along the edge made sense. It’s a little tricky getting a selvage to lay nicely due to the thicker weave along the edge but I think we managed it.



The pattern is something I’ve been working on for the last half year probably. Will it ever be released? Only time will tell. Le Sigh.

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58 thoughts on “Bespoke Double Gauze Blouse

  1. Oh my gosh, Rae! It looks amazing on you. I think the button back is such a nice touch. Perhaps a pain to toggle with the buttons, especially on gauze since its behind you, but WAY cute. πŸ™‚

  2. Was this shirt in the Bespoke booth at Quilt Market? I have seen a few photos of the booth and there was a blouse tucked in the back and I’ve been wondering what it was. Now I see this and I am pretty sure it’s the same one. I love the curved hem and I love it even more seeing the buttons down the back. I sure hope it gets released one day! I may have to hoard some of this fabric just in case!!

  3. Love it! I’ve been trying to think about what I’d make with the double gauze, and now I want a shirt like this. I’ve made a few Scout Tees, but I want something with a little more shape, which yours does with the darts. Using the selvage along the back like that is genius.

    • Does the scout tee not have darts? For some reason I thought it might…but yes this design has more shaping to it than scout I think; scout is more boxy which is also super cute

  4. oh my! this is ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!!!! will you please leave your children in a corner with some snacks and get that pattern to us asap? thanks!
    no, really, right now!!! it’s adorable~and you are too! love the selvedge action!!

  5. It’s perfection! I love that selvedge button band – and the button band up the back! The button band in general I guess, it’s all beautiful.

  6. yes please pattern! love the buttons up the back but otherwise simple design, also love that the neckline appears to be finished with a facing (bias + doublegauze aren’t my fave). long sleeved too maybe? if you don’t mind. πŸ˜‰

  7. I would totally make this blouse sleeveless – so handy for under cardigans. Love it, especially the button back. Can’t wait Rae!

  8. Love that you used the selvedge on the back! It looks great. I saw this fabric at Pink Castle and fell in love too.

  9. I love this! I have been looking for a good blouse pattern! Will cross my fingers and hope for a release this year πŸ™‚

  10. I know it’s been said before, but I’ve been looking for a shirt to use all these fun drapey fabrics I’ve been collecting for me! I’d love it to be like this, something you can wear everyday that isn’t too frilly and doesn’t use a huge cut of fabric. It looks perfectly perfect! Please!!

  11. Please please finish the pattern . It is so classy. I just ordered the fabric too so we’re all waiting……

  12. rae, you look stunning! absolutely gorgeous! i could not love this top more! also i loved and appreciated your sausage technique tutorial. super helpful. and being from madison, wi i was very surprised you didn’t have any midwest accent to speak of. and you’re in Michigan, i believe? that’s quite impressive. it took me a decade to lose mine.

    • hahahah are you serious?? I’m pretty sure I’ve got a terrible Michigan accent. Maybe I channelled my inner newscaster for that video.

  13. Love the whole look of this top, it would be very flattering on nearly every body. Love the style and of course, the model as well:) Pretty please on the pattern? Xo

  14. Love it!!! I will watch your kids for free while you design us the pattern!! Just gotta find someone to watch mine first!! πŸ™‚

  15. It’s adorable!! I’ve been trying to create a pattern for a while now and it’s such a long process!! Good luck! Your patterns are the best!

  16. Love this. My Rae To Do pile is already very extensive. Happy to add on, however : )
    Looking forward to this one!

  17. Yes, what everyone else says, patten please! I’ve never made a shirt before, only two garments in my life, but I must make this one!

  18. ermagerd! I want to wear this everyday in every print and every color. Ready to hit “print” as soon as you publish. Stop everything and start drawing (-:
    (too bossy? only when it comes to pattern coveting)

  19. I am very excited about the pattern for this sweet shirt. Want to buy fabric – how many meters for your shirt as pictured? Thanks

  20. Woo hoo! Just read on your ‘Geranium with sleeves’ post that you are indeed making the pattern for this top! So excited. I love, love, love this pattern. Almost as much as I love, love, love double gauze!
    Thank you x

  21. Rae

    This top makes me want to sew for myself!!! I LOVE it. Can not wait until the pattern is ready to go. I will be patiently waiting!

  22. YES! I am so excited for this!!!!! While I love the Scout Tee, it just does not fit my body type. I am petite and need more shape, otherwise I look like a little girl wearing her mothers clothes, not good!!! Can’t wait for this!!!

  23. Love this shirt and the fabric is so much fun. If I wanted to purchase some fabric in anticipation of the pattern release, what range of yardage should I purchase if I’m in the XL size?

  24. I just saw this in your most recent email, I adore it. Like really adore! I’m totally buying the pattern and making it as soon as it’s out. Will be the first thing I sew for myself and not the kids πŸ™‚

    In saying that, I see it’s going to come with a/b and c/d cup bodice pieces but could you possibly put in an explanation of how to adjust to fit a bigger cup? I don’t mind doing it myself but have no idea how! I’m a g cup so needless to say I have no tailored style tops, only stretchy ones.

    Thank you, Rae, for all your amazing patterns and blogging πŸ™‚

  25. This picture just came up in my google search of projects to make with c+s double gauze…and I really just need this exact blouse for this spring!! I of all people should be patiently waiting as my boys are taking most of my time and sewing time is limited but I can’t help begging for this pattern. just in case you thought blogging world had forgotten about how amazing this one is πŸ˜‰

  26. Rae, from the looks of all the comments you have received, I think you better get to work on producing a pattern for this top! I will also be waiting in line for it!

  27. Pardon me while I echo everyone else’s pleas to get their hands on this pattern. I’m having the most terribly time finding lovely simple patterns to get started sewing garments, I’m a jeans and top girl and so many of the tops I am finding are just far too engineered, this is so simple and my style. Hope to see it in your shop soon!

  28. Although you did it out of necessity, I like the idea of incorporating the selvage into the garment since I’m one of those weirdos who like to trim and save the selvages from my projects to remember the name of the design, designer, collection, and those color things.

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