Pauline Alice Reina Shirt:DIY Button Front Tie Neck Blouse


Pauline Alice Reina Button Front Tie Neck Blouse – worn with Butterick 6179 culottes

Hi Friends,

A little while ago Pauline Alice asked me if I would be interested in testing her latest shirt pattern: the Reina shirt.

The Reina shirt is described as “romantic and feminine. It flares out slightly at the bottom with a longer back. Gathered at the front and back, [lots of] loops for fastenings and deep V-neckline”.


Pauline Alice Reina Button Front Tie Neck Blouse – worn with Butterick 6179 culottes

Here’s the line drawing:


Pauline Alice Reina Button Front Tie Neck Blouse

You will see there are two views. View A has a tie neck blouse and long, wide sleeves gathered into a contoured cuff. View B has a mandarin collar with short sleeves and pockets.

I ended up doing a mish-mash of both views: I did the tie neck with short sleeves (no pockets).

As I was a pattern tester for this pattern I am not going to do a full review.There were a couple of issues with the blouse (like the depth of the neckline) that Pauline assures me have now been addressed. Be warned there are a lot of button loops to make. There are 15 on my tester version…but truthfully I could do with one more at the top. I didn’t find making the button loops difficult. I used a roleaux loop turner (I am a fan – I know not everyone is) and if you take your time marking and basting, the button loops are fairly easy to do and are a lovely detail.


Pauline Alice Reina Button Front Tie Neck Blouse

My fabric is a polyester crepe that was purchased from eBay at least a year ago?

In terms of modifications the only things I did were to lengthen the shirt by 4 inches and shorten the sleeves by 4 inches. I french seamed the sides, sleeve seams and sleeves into the armholes.

If you want to see a shot of this blouse (as I wore it today), untucked, then click here to see it in my instagram feed. I have already worn this blouse loads. It is so versatile and makes for effortless dressing. I also like the fact the tie is not too big, but is quite slim.

Pauline has also released two other new patterns today: the Safor skirt and Saler jacket. I am liking the look of the skirt in particular. Together the three patterns are designed almost as a mini-wardrobe.

Overall I do recommend this blouse. I am sure I will make it again in the future…as ever it is a case of waiting for the right fabric to strike my fancy!

Also, my Butterick 6179 culottes have been getting lots of wear! Love them. Would it be boring to make another pair? Navy perhaps?

Have a great weekend!


Pauline Alice Reina Button Front Tie Neck Blouse – worn with Butterick 6179 culottes





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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing everyone can get to see mine.

21 responses to “Pauline Alice Reina Shirt:DIY Button Front Tie Neck Blouse”

  1. Andie W. says :

    Love the top! It’s so pretty. And the fabric is just wonderful. Looks great on you!

  2. zibergirl says :

    Very pretty blouse and it goes so nicely with the black skirt and those cute shoes!

  3. Nakisha says :

    I love those soft gathers. Very pretty top and that fabric!

  4. CurlsnSkirls says :

    Lovely blouse beautifully executed – thank you!
    Get thee to that second pair of culottes😍!

  5. Kathy says :

    Such a great top! That fabric is perfect. And p.s. I love your shoes, too!!

  6. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! says :

    That is very pretty! I like the button loops and the back yoke. You picked a lovely fabric!

  7. Tomasa says :

    Perfect fabric for this blouse. You can never go wrong with black and white. It fits you beautifully too!

  8. corrineappleby says :

    That’s a really pretty outfit! Quite liking those culottes! ☺

  9. Sew Jean Margaret says :

    Very pretty blouse with some lovely details. Great outfit.

  10. Magali Roberts says :

    i’v just found your blog and just wanted to say that you are such an inspiration! I have a very similar shape to yours and your creations are so beautiful i’ve actually gone and bought 3 patterns solely bc of your renditions of them.
    I’m now an eager follower!

  11. doudi750 says :

    Really lovely. Love the fabrics,
    Love everything.

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