Finished Object: Sisters of Edwardia Pattern Sizes 30-40

Finally- The Sisters of Edwardia pattern for sizes 30-40 is available for download on Craftsy.  Sizes 45-55 are currently in testing, and I’ll release them when I know they work.  Whew!  I’ve spent a lot of time with this one, and I think it’s the best pattern I’ve made yet.  However, if you find any errata please let me know so I can correct it.

(In silk twill, the first version I made before shortening the sleeves slightly.  Sew Weekly)

Sisters of Edwardia is inspired by the several blouses Lady Edith and Lady Sybil wear in the period drama Downton Abbey. The blouse features relaxed-fit elbow length kimono sleeves with an underarm gusset to allow free range of motion. The wide, shallow neckline is finished with exterior facings, which are either top stitched or hand-stitched in place. The blouse is gathered into the midriff section, which closes with an invisible zip. Exterior facings, sleeve bands, and waistband section are made from a contrast material.

(“Brisbane Does Downton” version- final cut.  Made of lightweight finely woven cotton gingham and stretch poplin.)

The sizing is a little different, but I think it makes sense.  Use your full bust measurement in inches to decide the blouse size.  Go down a size for a closer fit, and go up a size for a more relaxed fit.  (For example- I fall right between a 35 and a 40.  Both sizes work for me, but I prefer the fit of the 35 and that is what you see in my photos.) The cut of the blouse is forgiving- the sleeves are ease-y and cut on the bias (which allows even more flexibility).  The blousing front means it will work on those who are generally on the short or long-waisted side.

Choose the size of the waistband sections by your waist measurement in inches.  The ease has been calibrated to be semi-fitted: close enough for waist definition, but loose enough for comfort.

The size 30 is cut with a slightly smaller neckline and less blousiness as ladies of that size are often more “petite.”

Make a muslin, have fun, and do email me photos of your finished blouse!  I’d love to see what everyone else makes of this pattern.   If you’re curious, click here to view the pdf of the pattern instructions.

After a series of unfortunate sewing events, I finished my circle skirt for the Sew Weekly challenge.  Accessorized with black rubber boots, red pail, and the flock we’re duck-sitting.  I’m utterly, completely determined to finish next week’s challenge in time for the deadline and it’s in the works right now.


  1. Cool! I am still trying to decide what to edge it with but I know what I want to make it in :)… Love the circle skirt too!
    Any news on the update of the wrap top? My liberty jersey is waiting anxiously :)

  2. My ‘to-do’ list is groaning at the seams already. I love that this will cover the girls whilst giving me the illusion of a waist. Love it, love it, love it!

    • I hope it works well for you! (My list is so full, too, and I just added a round of sweaters for our little family… What is *wrong* with me?? ;))

      • I’m sure it will. I don’t know about you but I’m always very thankful to have the skills…if not the time!

  3. This is so lovely, Steph, really awesome. Do you think this would look good on ladies with large, um, chests? Because I’ve got one, but I really like this. Well done, it’s splendid.

    • Yes, I should think so… I wear a D/DD (damn I have no shame, posting such things in public…) depending on how much fried food I’ve been eating and hormone levels… The waistband section is separate, so you can match the blouse size to whatever your waist size is.

  4. Yay! I can’t wait to try a version of this for me! I actually prefer the slightly longer sleeves, but that should be a snip to change.

  5. I love this shirt design. Since I am of a larger bust size, I was wondering if you are going to add sizes to the pattern already for sale at craftsy, or sell them as a separate pattern?

    • I plan to add sizes, they’ll be together as a separate pattern, up to bust size 55. I’m just testing those sizes right now, I need to get some of the ratios in hand before I release it out into the wild! :) Thanks.

  6. Steph, I have been dying to make this blouse since I saw it on Downton Abby. I’ve been looking everywhere for this pattern. Thanks for creating it! As a beginner sewist, I never would have been able to figure it out on my own.

    I downloaded the pattern from Craftsy this afternoon and printed off the instructions ready to rush to the fabric store. But one thing stopped me — I’m not sure from the instructions how much of the contrast fabric I need. Sorry if this is a dumb question. Maybe I’m overlooking the information on the PDF? Any direction you can provide would be appreciated.


    • Yeah, no problem. I hope you like her, she’s my last pdf pattern I made before i ventured into Cake…

      Oh! Haha! About half a meter/yard should do it, I can’t believe I didn’t write it on there!

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