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Nina Lee - Bloomsbury Blouse


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About the Bloomsbury

The Bloomsbury is a high-necked, Edwardian-inspired blouse for the romantic in all of us. Choose to make the narrow ruffles and appear dainty and demure, or opt for an unequivocally flamboyant and fun look with the bold wide ruffles. Ruffles have been dominating the catwalk in recent seasons but Bloomsbury translates a trend that can sometimes be a little OTT into a garment easy to wear and style. Well suited to lightweight cottons, if you’re feeling adventurous Bloomsbury could also be made in a drapey fabric or even velvet and lace for a touch of high Victoriana.

The blouse features a high collar, a yoked bodice with two ruffle options, button-back fastening, bracelet-length sleeves and the option to add ruffles to the collar and/or sleeves. Whilst care is required when sewing the yoke and collar curves, this pattern should be suitable for an ambitious beginner who isn’t afraid of taking their sewing to the next stage.


The Fabric

Select lightweight wovens such as cotton lawn. This pattern will also work in velvet, dupion silk, or with contrasting lace for the yoke sections.

The fabric requirements stated are intended for prints without obvious directionals; if you have a fabric with an obvious directional you will require additional length (see cutting layouts). For sizing, see our size chart. 

Fabric Requirements
150cm/60 wide:
1.4–1.9 metres / 1.75–2.25 yds
115cm/45 wide:
2.1–2.8 metres / 2.5–3 yds


The Notions

  • 6 x 1/2” buttons
  • fusible interfacing for the collar band



The size range for this pattern is UK sizes 6–20. 

The Nina Lee patterns available from stockists are drafted for UK sizes 6–20.  Nina is in the process of updating designs to have a second size range from UK 16–28.  You will need to order directly from Nina Lee if you would like the 16–28 range, but we hope these will be available for the shop in the future. 

The measurements for each size are listed below, as well as in the instructions for each individual pattern.

Metric measurements (cm): 6–20
                Size 6     Size 8     Size 10  Size 12  Size 14  Size 16  Size 18  Size 20
Bust       81           86           91           96           101         106         111         116
Waist     61           66           71           76           81           86           91           96
Hips       85           90           95           100         105         110         115         120
Imperial measurements (inches): 6–20
                Size 6     Size 8     Size 10  Size 12  Size 14  Size 16  Size 18  Size 20
Bust       32           34           36           38           40           42           44           46
Waist     24           26           28           30           32           34           36           38
Hips       33.5        35.5        37.5        39.5        41.5        43.5        45.5        47.5


Level of Difficulty

The Bloomsbury is rated at the Intermediate level.


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Nina Lee - Bloomsbury Blouse

Nina Lee - Bloomsbury Blouse