Pauline Alice Reina Blouse: DIY Lilac Crepe Button Front Bishop Sleeve Blouse

Pauline Alice Reina Blouse in lilac crepe

Hi Everyone,

More than 2 years ago (wow! Time really is flying by), I pattern tested the Reina blouse for Pauline Alice – you can see that version here. That blouse has been worn to death. Untucked over skinny jeans and layered with a long line cardigan, and tucked into culottes. I think it’s the easy to wear shape and the flowy fabric in a neutral print which made it a winner.

Pauline Alice Reina Blouse in lilac crepe

So this is version two, made in a lilac coloured viscose crepe purchased from an ebay seller. I can tell you that, inspite of some initial doubts over the fit (see below), this blouse has also become a firm favourite in my wardrobe. Like version two it has been worn both untucked and tucked in, to work and to a school concert with a blazer, so far.

Pauline Alice Reina Blouse in lilac crepe
Pauline Alice Reina Blouse in lilac crepe
Pauline Alice Reina Blouse in lilac crepe

Hopefully the photographs are enough for you to see the details. I am keeping this post brief and just listing my fitting notes below.

Fitting Notes

  • I did a 1 inch full arm adjustment on this version.
  • I drafted a back neck facing and changed the order of construction somewhat to facilitate this.
  • This is the first time that I made the long sleeved version of this blouse and the cuff attachment method is rather unusual…it’s almost like a burrito method for a cuff. In the end it worked out, but my corners are not as crisp as I would like, so the jury is still out on that particular method.
  • After I finished this blouse (with all those beautiful button loops!) I tried it on and two things struck me:
  1. I wish I had lengthened the sleeves (I did shorten the pattern so it is not the patterns fault the sleeves came up a tad shorter than I would have liked!) I have lengthened the sleeves by 1.5 inches on the pattern for next time.
  2. I never noticed it on the first version, but this version (maybe the lack of print) would seem to indicate a small shoulder adjustment is needed? But, I have been wearing this blouse no problem and I am not sure how you would do this adjustment, given that there is no shoulder seam.

Overall, I am very pleased to have this beautiful, feminine blouse in my wardrobe. I love all the little details and it makes it very pleasing to wear.

Back soon!

Pauline Alice Reina Blouse in lilac crepe

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

6 thoughts on “Pauline Alice Reina Blouse: DIY Lilac Crepe Button Front Bishop Sleeve Blouse

  1. I love the colour and the style and it’s so beautifully sewn – especially all those loops. I can see why you would enjoy wearing it.

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