True Bias Roscoe Blouse

Roscoe Blouse resized

Hello! I’ve finally managed to get photos of the True Bias Roscoe blouse that I made a few weeks back. This style of shirt is a little bit of a departure for me and one that I wasn’t totally sure I was going to be able to pull off. In fact, when I first made this top I made the mini dress view. I was really excited about it and thought it was going to be great to wear with leggings and boots this winter. Unfortunately, once it was done I wasn’t so sure about it.

This fabric is a black swiss dot chambray from Robert Kaufman. It’s a great fabric. It’s very lightweight, similar to a cotton lawn, but ended up being more sheer than I expected. I didn’t love the way the fabric was hanging as a dress and I also felt like I needed a tank or a full slip to wear under it.  These pictures are terrible indoor shots, but the day we tried to get photos of the dress outside it was very windy and the dress was blowing everywhere. I was really disappointed that the dress didn’t work out, but it was really simple to cut off the ruffle and hem it to top length.

Roscoe Blouse 2

For some reason I let this shirt languish in my closet for a few weeks, thinking I still needed an under layer for it. Finally I put it on the other day and realized it’s perfect as is and I don’t need a tank under it after all.  I really love wearing it! Some days its nice to throw on something really loose and flowy.  I still feel put together and a shirt like this is just as easy and comfortable as wearing a sweatshirt.

Roscoe Blouse 1

This top was really simple to construct. I love raglan sleeves because they are just so easy to sew. The neck and sleeves are gathered and binding pieces are attached to finish everything off. The only change I will make next time is to make the neck slit a little shorter. I think I might actually go back and slip stitch this one closed a little bit at the bottom so that I am more comfortable wearing it open at the neck.

Roscoe Blouse 3

I had the privilege of being one of the testers for this pattern before it was released.  This is the tester view of the Roscoe blouse. Kelli made a few minor changes to the finished pattern– mainly just adding a little bit of length to the body of the blouse/dress and to the sleeves.

Roscoe Blouse 4

I think an ivory rayon challis Roscoe will be next on my list and I’d really still like to revisit the dress version. I need to find a fabric that will drape a little bit better so I don’t look like I’m wearing a tent. Or buy a belt. My wardrobe is seriously lacking in belts and I love how this style of dress looks belted.

Have any of you sewed a Roscoe blouse or dress yet?



12 thoughts on “True Bias Roscoe Blouse

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I have some fabric that is the same or really similar to the floral you used for your recent McCalls dress–I may steal it from what it was planned to be and use it for a Roscoe dress. I loved how your dress turned out and I feel like this dress has a similar vibe.


  1. I think this style looks great on you! I’m glad you took a chance on this silhouette. I agree that the dress would probably work best in a more slippery fabric, with a belt. Is this the same fabric that you used for your first Archer, or it is more lightweight? If there is another dotted Kaufman fabric out there, I will have to get some. 🙂


    1. Thanks, Carolyn! This fabric is quite a bit lighter weight than the dotted chambray I used for my first Archer. I expected something more comparable in weight to that one when I ordered this Swiss dot. I was pretty surprised by how light and airy this fabric is. Although, most Swiss dot fabrics are really lightweight like this so who knows where I got the idea it would be different.


  2. I really love this blouse on you!! Very romantic, breezy, and pretty. I like the idea of the dress, but I can definitely see why the top might feel more wearable in this fabric. I really love the gathered sleeves and sleeve bindings! Like a pirate top!


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