Pink and Red Bakerloo

Channeling some serious Harley Quinn crossed with 1970s killer clown vibes (Charlotte's words not mine), I realise that my Nina Lee Bakerloo Blouse is A LOT. I'm pretty flattered by that description though, which says a lot about me, but whatever! 

I mean, I could blame Megan's Galentine's-inspired #PinkAndRedPigeonParty for this wild look, but despite a wobble midway through construction, I actually quite like it. My only hesitation is around styling - I'm worried that this outfit is more garish than kooky, so I'm not sure I'll be wearing it out. I feel an Instagram reel coming on, to see what else in my wardrobe it might go with.

Bold print clashing and styling choices aside, I absolutely love this pattern and see many more in my future. It's now available in sizes 6-20 and 16-28, hopefully making it accessible to more stitchers. 

I made the long sleeve blouse version in a straight size 12 with no major modifications, other than shortening the sleeve and bodice pieces by 4cm. Next time I'll probably only take 2cm off the sleeves, but that aside I'm delighted with the fit. Both my fabrics were from Sew Me Sunshine and I'm sure most of you will recognise THAT grid print sourced by Pigeon Wishes.

As with every other Nina Lee pattern I've tried, the instructions are great and the construction is surprisingly simple with an impressive outcome.

From the big collar and sleeve energy to the cute little button-up back vent, the pattern details are second to none. It's such a great design that looks amazing in a solid fabric, the same print all over, colour blocked and everything in between.

Love or hate my version, I'm ridiculously proud of my grid pattern matching. I only had 1m of the pink fabric, which is a very fine and shifty viscose, so I decided to cut everything out on a single layer. Did it take me ages? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

I've already dreamt up my next two versions, one in a floral cotton lawn and one in a lightweight denim, both inspired by blouses I've seen on & Other Stories. I'm thinking of playing around with a cropped length and adding a button front...oooh, the possibilities!


  1. I love your Bakerloo!! It has flamboyant 'Killing Eve' vibes. I would wear it with skinny jeans and heels for date night :-)

  2. I love this and I hope you wear it lots!