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Martha Blouse PDF pattern


The Martha blouse is an easy shell top with striking contrast details, perfect for warmer weather but equally suited to layering under a jacket or cardigan. Martha is a versatile all-rounder for your wardrobe:

  • The neckline is bound with bias tape – choose whether to go for an invisible ‘faced’ binding or use the same contrast bias for the neckline as for the central strip.
  • Omit the contrast strip for a great basic shell top!
  • Make the contrast strip and neck binding from the main blouse fabric for an elegant, subtle detail on a plain blouse.

** This product is a PDF printable sewing pattern and not the physical garment shown.**

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  • A loose-fitting sleeveless blouse with contrast strip and a centre back fastening with hook and eye.
  • Bias bound armscyes and neckline
  • Centre back neckline opening, fastened with hook and eye


Fabric & notions

I’d recommend drapey fabrics such as crepe, rayon/viscose, silks, and soft cottons/linens.

You’ll need:

  • Bias binding for the neckline and armscyes (approx 1.5m and with a folded width of approximately ½” – ¾”).
  • If you want to make a contrast neckline instead (as shown on our sample), your tape for the neckline should be 1” wide (when single-folded, so 2” wide when unfolded).
  • A small hook and eye set for the neckline closure (or you could sew a thread chain and button if you prefer).

Fabric requirements

  • Main fabric: 0.75 m (all sizes)
  • Contrast strip fabric: 4cm x 60cm (all sizes)



* This pattern is from the Pearson and Pope pattern collection (previously a separate brand under and has not yet been rebranded to ‘Michelle Sews’ or updated with the newer Michelle Sews size range. Please see below for measurement details. *

Body measurements

Bust (“)31333537394143
Waist (“)24262830323436
Hips (“)34363840424446
Bust (cm)7984899499104109
Waist (cm)61667176818691
Hips (cm)869196102107112117

Finished garment measurements

Bust (“)32343638404244
Waist (“)31333537394143
Hips (“)40424446485052
Bust (cm)81869196101106111
Waist (cm)7984899499104109
Hips (cm)102107112117122127132

The pattern testers said…

“I LOVE it! The fit coudn’t be better on me. It was also so easy and quick to sew. I had a new top in a little over an hour!”

“I love the loose shaping of this blouse. It is perfect for hot Florida summers when I don’t want to wear something really oversized, but also don’t want anything sticking to me in the heat.”

“It’s a great wardrobe basic and modification possibilities are plentiful.”

Martha on Instagram

@frugalisama’s combination of the #msp_agnes skirt with the #msp_martha top has me like 😍😍😍 – love it!!! Thank you for the lovely feedback, too, Sam!
Do check out Sam’s original post as she also made a lovely matching jacket from the linen!

#Repost @frugalisama with @make_repost
I made a jacket this weekend (New Look 6351) inspired by last weeks #greatbritishsewingbee2020. Obviously it’s not got the huge shoulder pads of the 80s but very similar otherwise, made from a piece of linen bought at Abakhan last year, which I also made the pencil skirt from that I’m wearing, which is the Agnes pattern by @michellesews_patterns formerly Pearson & Pope.
I noticed earlier this week that she had rebranded & wanted to give her a shout out as this is a beautifully drafted fully lined skirt with some lovely details, including pockets & a zip shield. The top is the Martha, also by @michellesews_patterns & another great well written pattern.
Who else is looking forward to international week on the 🐝 tonight? #gbsb2020 #sewingbee #sewistsofinstagram #sewersofinstagram #memade #sewcialists #handmadewardrobe #sewingismysuperpower #isew #makersmovement #makedontbuy #lovesewing #sewing #sewsewsew #memadeeveryday #sewover50 #sewingchallenge #so50blog #so50reworn #b37w32h40

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I think @dibsandthemachine looks absolutely fabulous in her #msp_martha top and beautiful skirt. Don’t you?

Reposted with kind permission from @dibsandthemachine

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