Crossing into new territory – Simple Sew Cross-Over Back Blouse 

Even before I had got home and opened my copy of this month’s Love Sewing, I’d spotted photos of the free Simple Sew pattern on Twitter. It looked great – easy to wear and marked Beginner. It was also a pattern for knits, which I haven’t used that much yet.  Turned out that the crossover back blouse wasn’t for knits, but as I have way more cotton prints in my stash I wasn’t too perturbed. I began to search, then remembered the piece of crepe type fabric I had left from making one of my Staple dresses. The fabric was a cheapie from The Textile Centre on eBay, but the dress I made with it is one of my favourite ever makes. I spread what was left on the table and *just* squeezed on all of the pattern pieces.   I followed the instructions as per the pattern, but found the facings hung out on the sleeves, hem and back. I liked that the pattern included the tip to just do a bit of hand sewing and tack facings to seam allowances, but once I’d done this, I found it hadn’t made a lot of difference. I’m thinking this was mainly because of my fabric choice? I went back and under stitched which helped a lot.  I think if I had chosen a cotton which would have pressed more easily, the facings would have probably worked better. I think the top is a nice length. And I still like the print very much. It’s quite a plain design from the front, with the feature being the crossover back, but I quite like the fit. 

Once I’d tried on the completed make, and lent forward, I felt it would benefit from a few stitches in the middle of my back to prevent too much flesh being exposed, but even with pinning, once I’d sewn the stitches the back didn’t hang right at all. Instead, I simply wore a plain black vest top underneath. 

 I think I will get a fair bit of wear out of this top, I like the look and the cost was basically zero as it was leftover fabric. I may try the other view of the jersey top next. 

Have you tried this make or something similar yet? How was it and what fabric did you choose? 


15 responses to “Crossing into new territory – Simple Sew Cross-Over Back Blouse 

  1. Fab to see one of these made up, I really liked it too. Like you I prefer the crossover back, but wish it was for knits… Great choice of fabrics and interesting to see how the back ‘wears’. When I get round to making it I’ll be opting for the vest underneath too 🙂

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  2. corrineappleby

    This pattern caught my eye too but I will probably try the slouchy knit version first. Yours looks lovely – very “on tend”!

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  3. Claire Ross

    Looks lovely, this pattern is next on my “to sew” list. How did you find the sizing? It is a loose fit?

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    • Thank you 🙂 I made a size 14 which is what I would buy in a RTW top, and the fit is fine, as it’s not a particularly fitted garment. I’d say just go with your regular size, unless you wanted it to be oversized or more fitted?


  4. I think this top is a good wardrobe piece – something nicer than just a plain tee. Even better because it was a free pattern too 🙂 I do wonder why thy don’t think to include tacking the overlapping pieces in the instructions – I’m not sure anyone would wear it with it flapping forward all the time :-0

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  5. Lovely looking fabric – and that crossover detailing is great. Pfft dont worry about flashing too much – it’s only yur back, right? 🙂

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  6. Very nice, I think you could make it in jersey anyway. Or, like in many of the shops jersey front,woven back or vice versa!

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  7. It is the case that everything can be sewn loads of different ways. Bindings and double turns can replace most facings. If the facing can’t be replaced then stitch it through to become a “feature” and its practical too! You don’t always have to interface the facings, sometimes it just makes them too heavy. Enjoy your sewing!

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  8. Looks great! I’ve got the pattern as well and definitely want to try it after seeing so many good versions. I also have some cotton in my stash that this might look good in!

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  9. Swit swoo! Love that print. I say have a bash at it in jersey and just double turn all the edges and topstitch 🙂

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