Sew Along: The Maybe Doll Blouson Sleeve

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

The Maybe Doll sewing pattern blouson sleeve sew along. A flat lay of a blue green dress on a pink back ground with the words Maybe Doll Sew Along Blouson Tulip Sleeve. Sewing Tutorial

The Maybe Doll Pattern is such a fun and quick sew with a lot of potential within your closet. She's a great tried and true casual dress that can be quickly tossed on and super comfortable but in an instant she's can be dolled up for a special event – ya know, whenever we might actually have somewhere to go again.

Having some versatility in a pattern without taking on the complexity of a pattern hack was really important to me when I was creating the Sophomore Collection. The Maybe Doll started off as just a top, a personal pattern I designed a few years back but when I was developing the collection, I wanted makers to have some options within each pattern. So, I created The Maybe Doll to not just be a top but a dress too and added 6 different sleeve options.

The Maybe Doll PDF sewing pattern. Images shows a blouse and dress sewing patterns with a straight sleeve and blouson sleeve. It has a pink background with a written word print. Sew and Tell patterns

Today, I thought we could walk through stitching up the blouson sleeve of The Maybe Doll Pattern. No matter what length you chose, styles F, G or H, this sew along is a step-by-step visual walk through to help you.

In this post I will be running through:

  • Finishing the sides of the Sleeve

  • Attaching the Tie Cuff

  • Inserting the blouson sleeve into the bodice armhole

Stitch it up...

It’s time to get some sleeves in your Maybe Doll. In this sew along we are opting for the blouson sleeve. Blouson is originally a French word meaning blouse but typically refers to something close fitting with blousing over material – Just like the sleeve we will be making today.

This blouson sleeve has 3 different lengths to choose from – short, 3/4 or full length. No matter what length you’ve chosen for your Maybe Doll the steps are the same.

Before we dive in, you might have noticed the Maybe Doll sewing pattern is intended for knit fabric. Well, we are going to break the sewing rules for knitwear and the next few steps need to be done with a standard straight stitch. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back on this but to allow for some stretch in your stitching, you'll need to lengthen the stitch length on your machine to between 3-4 – Or something in between your standard and widest stitch length.

These sleeves utilize one of my favorite binding methods that I like to call the, Sew. Flip. Fold. Bend. Sew. Method. (I dare you to say that five times fast!)

I’ve got a whole video tutorial on this method if you want to check it out in more detail here.

1. Grab your Sleeve Bindings. Working with one at a time, place it along the long edges of the Sleeve.