Meet the newest Scroop Pattern: the Ngaio Blouse, a 1930s inspired blouse, with bodice pieces for three different cup size ranges, from A cup to F+ cup.
The Ngaio Blouse, (pronounced Ny-e-0, with the e almost silent – learn how to say it properly here), named for Dame Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand playwright and novelist most famous for being one of the ‘Queens of Crime’ of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction in the 20s & 30s, along with Agatha Christie.
The Ngaio blouse was inspired by a vintage 1930s pattern in my collection which looks absolutely gorgeous in the cover illustration, but not much like it made up – once you managed to make it up, as none of the seams matched! The Ngaio captures the look of the vintage pattern illustration, with a modern fit, full instructions (and, very importantly, seams that match up 😉 ).
The Ngaio features a V-neck and gathered upper bodice. Back darts provide shaping below the waist so the top skims the waist and sits snugly on the hips. The darts release at the waist creating a blouson upper back. View A is sleeveless, View B has short sleeves.
The darts that release at the waist allow the Ngaio blouse to be pulled on over the head, making for easy closure-free sewing (I know it seems like it wouldn’t work, but trust me, it does! Many of my testers commented that they thought it would be a tight wriggle, and were surprised at how easy it is to get on and off!)
The Ngaio is particularly flattering on full busts, and to make it really easy to fit, no matter what your cup size, the Ngaio comes with separate bodice pieces for Small (A-B cup), Medium (C-DD/E cup) and Large (F+ cup) bust cup sizes.
The Ngaio comes in a slightly smaller size range than my previous Scroop Patterns, from a 32″ bust to a 50″ bust (rather than 30″ to 50″).
My gorgeous model, Jenni is just barely in F cup sizing, and is models the Medium cup (in yellow spotted silk crepe de chine) and the Large cup (in blue and yellow silk-cotton voile) to show the difference in fit:
As a B cup, I’m modelling the Small Cup size in linen voile with sleeves, and in silk crepe de chine without:
The Ngaio is designed to pair perfectly with the Fantail Skirt, worn out or tucked in, but also sits nicely over jeans.