Category Archives: Clothing

Breton / French Sailor Top! (Free Sewing Pattern.)

{This pattern was originally published July 2016 on my now defunct blog, Prairiesque.}

I’ve been wanting to make my own striped blouse/Breton top/French sailor shirt for a long time.   I had made the pattern, but it was surprisingly difficult to find just the right fabric.  I finally found a great fabric at Needle Nook Fabrics here in Wichita.  (One of my favorite shops, by the way.  Check them out!!)

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This is my original pattern, which I’m offering for free–please use as you wish!   (If you plan to sell a finished product based on the pattern, it would be much appreciated if you would mention Moth & Rust as the source of your pattern. Thank you!)

This particular pattern only covers a small range of sizes; however, it is a fairly basic two-piece pattern, which can be easily adjusted at the sides and in the middle or hem.  Also, it may fit differently depending on how stretchy your knit fabric is.   The best thing to do is experiment with some comparable but inexpensive fabric before making the final piece!  Instructions are as follows:

  1.  Print all pages (in the gallery below) and piece together with tape, using the picture below and alignment bars as a guide.
  2. The front and back of the bodice are the same, except for the neckline.  Place on fold to cut.  The sleeve is also placed on the fold when cutting.
  3.  With right sides together, stitch at shoulders.  You can use a 1/2″ or 5/8″ seam allowance.  I would also suggest stitching some non-stretch lace or ribbon along the shoulder seems to keep them from stretching.
  4. Pin armhole side of sleeve to bodice armhole, right sides together, and stitch.   Make sure your stripes align, at least close to the armpit/bottom of the armhole.
  5. With right sides together, pin garment so that sleeve edges and side edges are together (again, aligning stripes) and stitch up sides.  Be especially careful when matching up the stripes on the bodice!!  I learned the hard way that stripes may be together, but if you don’t match the corresponding stripes, you will end up essentially with a spiral going around the body, which makes getting a straight hem impossible.
  6. Hem arm holes, bottom, and neckline. You may also want to use ribbon or a running stitch in your neckline to prevent stretching.

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The chart here shows how the sections will print and how they are pieced together:breton pattern layout

To print the pattern pieces, click on each thumbnail below and print directly from that page, or save to your computer.

 

Why Bloomers?

It’s no secret that I like bloomers; I love making them, wearing them, and seeing others discover (or rediscover!) the joy of a comfortable pair of pantaloons.

An airy pair of cotton bloomers are cool and breezy in the summer when you’re in the garden, painting on the patio, or just working around the house.  But they’re also warm in the winter when paired with a favorite skirt, providing extra insulation from any icy blasts that might whip up your frock.

Coquette Bloomers by Moth and Rust Handmade
The latest addition to Moth & Rust, the Coquette Bloomers

The gathers and ruffles, whether profuse or oh-so-subtle, add a bit of whimsical romance to your everyday routine.

Of course they can be made from anything, but my go-to fabric is a 100% cotton muslin in an unbleached, undyed color.  It’s light, softens with each wash, and goes well with most other colors, particularly my favorite neutrals.  I would be glad to make you a pair, just to your size!

Preferred by prairie girls, bohemian babes, steampunks, ladies of burlesque and even bellydancers, they can also be a sort of artistic expression–a way to embrace uniqueness.  What’s not to love?!

Have you bloomers yet?  What do you love about them?

New bloomers, patterns, and more…

A quick update on shop happenings: I have a couple new custom-made bloomer designs listed, and several more to come!

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Louise Bloomers
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Tumbleweed Bloomers

I have also begun re-formatting my older knitting patterns and am slowly getting them listed both in the etsy shop and on my ravelry page.  They are linked in a new section of the website called Sew, Knit, Create, as well.  These patterns are available for purchase, but I hope to also soon fill the section with free patterns, tutorials, and ideas.  As always, the site is a work in progress!  But I am excited for the plans I have…

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If I get the time, I hope to throw together a little local shopping guide before the weekend.  If you plan on shopping this weekend, I hope you’ll participate in Small Business Saturday and remember to buy local!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!