Nina Lee - Bakerloo Blouse and Dress
About the Bakerloo
The Bakerloo has an extra-extravagant ruffled collar and va-va-voluminous sleeves. With both a blouse and dress option, and suitable for a wide range of fabrics and potential customisation, this is a pattern designed to be frilly fun. Closing with a button and keyhole at the centre-back, the pattern skims the bust into a loose fit around the waist for ease and comfort – after all, that’s the name of the game right now. The balloon sleeves (with two different length options) gather into elasticated cuffs with ruffled edges echoing the collar. The dress variation has a full gathered (and pocketed) skirt – grunge it up with tights and biker boots for the winter then drift around in breezy cotton lawn and sandals all summer. Wear the blouse on its own or under pinafores, dungarees and v-neck sweaters for statement layering.
Choose light to medium-weight wovens such as lawn, poplin, chambray, silk dupion, crepe, fine needlecord; any fabric with enough body to create the collar but not too much bulk to gather into the frill. Of course you could use a contrast fabric or even a readymade trim for the frill.
- 0.6m of 1cm/1/2”-wide bias binding for the neckline
- 0.8m of 1cm/1/2”-wide elastic (or sufficient to encircle your arms for the sleeve cuffs)
- 50 x 60cm/20 x 24” square of lightweight interfacing for the collar
- All versions: 1 x 1cm/ 1/2 inch button (or preferred size)
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.
Level of Difficulty
The Bakerloo is rated at the Intermediate level.