introducing the rush hour dress + blouse in sizes 16-30

Hello friends,

I’m back today to introduce you to the second of our two Liesl + Co. patterns that we are releasing in our new expanded 16-30 size range. We debuted our Liesl + Co. Rush Hour Dress + Blouse pattern a few weeks ago, and today I’m pleased to introduce you to the version we have made of this style in the new 16-30 size range which I discussed last week.

Rush Hour Dress + Blouse in sizes 16-30

If you aren’t familiar with the Rush Hour pattern yet, let me give you a quick tour. As I said in my introductory post, this pattern is really versatile and presents you with many options. In addition to offering a practical and elegant sheath dress (and so many ways to wear it) and a fitted blouse with an asymmetrical peplum, it gives you the choice of whether to sew it sleeveless, with short sleeves, or with long sleeves.

Both the dress and the blouse include an invisible back zipper, and the dress has a walking vent. The blouse’s peplum has a gentle flare and is asymmetrical in a way that’s interesting and a bit unusual. Both styles are fully lined (except for the sleeve, but you can easily line it if you really want).

Rush Hour Dress


Rush Hour Blouse in sizes 16-30

When I originally introduced the Rush Hour pattern, I explained that I designed it to be easily adjustable so you can customize it for your own body. The princess seams and Dior bust dart help with this, since with more seams you have more places to take in and let out. And since we also included cup sizes with this pattern, a lot of the full bust adjustment work has already been done for you, letting you focus on getting just the right fit for your body. The instructions talk you though when to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments, since with a fitted dress like this some fabrics are stretchier than others. That way you can get a perfect fit before it’s all sewn together.

Rush Hour Dress

Rush Hour Dress + Blouse in sizes 16-30

As with our Gelato Blouse + Dress pattern, the expanded size range includes an overlap of sizes 16, 18, and 20 in case you measure different sizes in different places. You can read more about our new expanded sizes and the process we used to develop them in my post specifically about them.

Regarding fabric suggestions, this pattern works well in woven fabrics like wool flannel and crepe. It would be stunning in a floral sateen or in linen. You could use an apparel-weight canvas like one of those pretty Japanese fabrics (I used double gauze for the blue blouse in these photos), and denim or other twills would be great. You could also get away with lighter fabrics for the blouse. I used a poly crepe for the dress in these photos, but I definitely don’t recommend it. (And I will never use it again–it was horrible to photograph–although I hope you can’t tell.)

Rush Hour Dress + Blouse in sizes 16-30

Rush Hour Dress + Blouse in sizes 16-30

Rush Hour Dress + Blouse in sizes 16-30

Take a look at my Liesl + Co Rush Hour Dress + Blouse Pinterest board if you’d like more inspirational ideas for sewing and wearing this dress.

I really, really hope you’ll enjoy both sewing and wearing this style. Obviously I can’t wait to see it on you!

You can pick up your own copy of the digital Rush Hour Dress + Blouse pattern now in either the 0-20 or the 16-30 size range. Tag us with #rushhourdressblouse and #lieslandco on Instagram, will you?




  1. Carmen

    Thank you for the expanded sizes which will now allow me to purchase your adult patterns. To date, I have been purchasing Cashmerette patterns because I’m a C cup with narrow shoulders and these patterns are adjust for my needs. I became familiar with your company when I purchased the “Little Things to Sew” book. I love the instructions you provide and have made many items from this book. Would you consider sizing up the Breeze Blouse as well? The two tone option seems very slimming, especially for us curvy girls.

  2. Inder

    Very excited for your inclusive size range (although I’m solidly in your regular range) and I just want to say that your model is gorgeous and I can’t stand how pretty the Rush Hour Blouse is in that fabric. Just flawless. I hope that this works out great and you end up releasing all your patterns in a larger size range!

  3. Becky

    I’m thrilled you’ve expanded the size range on these patterns and I hope you continue to provided this new size range on other great patterns you’ve designed! I’ve had my eye on the Hollywood pants, the Weekend getaway blouse and the Gallery tunic for a while and I’d love to see those in a more inclusive size range.

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