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JJ pattern redrafted

Added Mar 23, 2009

by anajan

Belgrade, Serbia






I saw a picture of this blouse on Friday. It’s a Nara Camicie pattern from the Pattrones #274 pattern magazine. Unfortunately, I can’t buy this magazine in Serbia, but luckily I have the JJ pattern! I immediately saw the potential of the JJ pattern and so I hurried back home on Friday to alter it. And voila! Here’s the result. I think it’s a nice copy of the original.

The blouse has a pleated bib and semi-princess cut on the front. The back is made from one piece, with two waist darts. The sleeves are elbow-length, slightly bell-shaped, with tie bands that give them ruffle effect. The button closure is slightly V cut and the buttons end up at the bust apex point. The collar is constructed from stand collar and a shirt collar parts. I like the blouse very much, but I think I’ll narrow it in the waist area to make it fit better…

I wanted to post the altered pattern to the BS, but I was uncertain whether that would violate the copyright. Instead, I’ll make a how to as soon as I find some time (that is – if you’re interested in such tutorial?). I’ve seen on some sewing blog that the blog writer posted a tutorial on altering an existing pattern to make a pattern published in another pattern magazine, so I suppose I am permitted to do the same…

Material Notes

Cotton, buttons, some imagination




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Romantic
Cotton, Shirting


JJ, Nara Camicie

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    Oct 27, 2015, 05.59 AMby smallchristtt

    Awesome patterns

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    Dec 12, 2011, 11.12 AMby artbaqs

    nice top. can you post the pattern so we could just resize it

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      Dec 12, 2011, 11.14 AMby anajan

      Thanks! The pattern is posted and you can download it, see the section “Patterns for this Project” on the right.

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    Jun 29, 2011, 07.22 AMby Ali Mohd Imran

    please could you just send me this same pattern redraftted for my size . i love this design but failed to enlarge the draft upto size 44. oh pls pls tell me how to sew and cut a large draft of this pattern of my size.

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    Jun 28, 2010, 04.52 AMby love-peace

    Damn that is sooo good your very talented and will walk around the streets looking like a model. And I would love to see a tutorial of how to make that blouse it looks awesome.

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      Aug 27, 2010, 11.14 AMby anajan

      OK, I’ve posted the instructions for altering the JJ pattern. I hope they’re easy to follow.

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    Jul 23, 2009, 12.08 PMby twoboos

    You are fabulous! I love your patterns and we are the same size so I am very lucky!! This is a fantastic pattern and I will try it out very soon!!

    Thanks again…

    you are giving Burda a run for their money, their patterns have been rubbish lately!

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    Jul 19, 2009, 01.58 AMby kosmika

    Thanks for the pattern! I love your work and i’ll try this version of the JJ as soon as i find the time to grade the pattern, as you are much smaller than me ;) thanks again.

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    Jul 16, 2009, 02.53 PMby bola

    Great shirt Anajan, love the pleats!you’re very talented! I admire your productivity! when do you get time to sew all of these things????bx:)

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    Jul 16, 2009, 02.17 AMby sunriseruby

    Svaka cast! Odlicno izgleda!

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    Jul 15, 2009, 07.12 AMby holidaypepper

    AnaJan, in looking through magazines lately I’ve noticed that the pleated bib style blouses are really popular for this summer and fall. Thanks for posting the pattern!

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    Mar 24, 2009, 04.57 AMby anajan

    Thanks ladies! The pants are store bought :) but I might copy the pattern. @ Ghainskom: No, the BS remained silent on the issue. However, I think that BS wouldn’t make any problems, but Patrones and Nara Camicie might… It is, after all, a copy of the pattern that is published in another pattern magazine. And that is the last issue of Patrones…

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    Mar 24, 2009, 04.46 AMby ghainskom

    Love it! Did Burdastyle forbid you to post the pattern? I love the pants as well. Did you make those?

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    Mar 23, 2009, 06.38 PMby emilykate

    I LOVE it! And thats a great pair of pants by the way :o)

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    Mar 23, 2009, 06.20 PMby mjb14

    This is really beautiful. My favorite part is the sleeves. The pants are really nice too – did you make those also?

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    Mar 23, 2009, 03.55 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    I saw a similar shirt in a shop recently too and loved the pleating in the bib and would like to try it also. Yours looks great, I hope I can do it just as beautifully as yours :)

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    Mar 23, 2009, 03.21 PMby camilaustral

    wow, you are very talented!! and you look GREAT!

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    Mar 23, 2009, 11.04 AMby holidaypepper

    This is so cute! I particularly like the way you added the ties to the sleeves, it’s such a unique detail.

    Did you make the trousers too?

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    Mar 23, 2009, 07.02 AMby jj1

    I love it. I normally love bib, pleats and puff sleeves. This is very cute shirt.

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    Mar 23, 2009, 05.30 AMby missb-1

    I love this one. Such a great idea. I’ve been thinking of changing the JJ pattern a bit to make another blouse and you gave me a good idea.

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