Making a sewing pattern for a blouse from picture: HELP!!!

Hello all,
can anyone tell me how it's possible to draw my own pattern for a dress or a blouse which i saw in a picture and i'd like to sew? There is a blouse i like very much but i'm a newbie with the sewing machine (i've just started a week ago) and i still don't know what to do and how to read the paper patterns. Can anybody explan to me, please?
This is the blouse i'd like to sew:
What's very difficult for me are the sleeves.

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2 replies since 4th September 2010 • Last reply 4th September 2010

I agree...sleeves are the hardest part for me too. You have to get the curve just right. It's hard to free hand it if you don't have a "french curve" I think it's called.

Anyways, I'm a self taught sewer. I can sew almost anything. (If I have a pattern for the hard stuff) ;) The best advice I can give you is to get a pattern and LEARN how to read it. Start with simple patterns. (no buttons or zippers) and open it up and read every piece of paper that comes in the package. If you have a question about terminology, look it up. Usually most patterns come with a glossary printed on the instructions. If you can learn how to read a pattern then you'll get a better understanding of how clothing construction works and you'll have better success at designing your own stuff.

I know it's probably annoying not to just be able to jump right in and do what you want, but you'll have better results if you learn how to do it properly. Trust me on this. I quit sewing for a few years in the beginning because I didn't want to take the time to read a pattern and I was annoyed at all the fabric I wasted trying to make it myself.

Otherwise, look up "slopers" online these are the base patterns that most any garment is made from. It will help you with the sleeves.

Try Burda style's

Good luck!

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Thank you very much for your answer and for the link too:=)

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