My Makes | The Pussy Bow Blouse

Another day, another Sew Over It pattern. Can you tell I’m a fan?! This is my pussy bow blouse and it’s one of my favourite makes to date.

Black and white polka dot sew over it pussy bow blouse

First, the fabric. Who doesn’t love polka dots? It’s a javanaise from The Textile Centre and its amazing, almost beyond description but I’ll try. It’s really drapey, but has some body. It’s lightweight, but somehow feels heavy (in a good way). It manages to be, at the same time, delicate and sturdy. It’s like nothing I’ve ever known before and I really, really like it. My only minor issue is that it creases like crazy. That’s great when you’re pressing, but less great when you’re wearing it. It does look pretty crumpled after a couple of hours.

Black and white polka dot sew over it puss bow blouse

The pattern has been on my radar for ages. I ordered it with 20% off in the Sew Over It January sale and got straight to work. For the first time I tried some pattern alterations and they worked out pretty well. I added some extra ease to the sleeves using this tutorial. When I measured out the sleeve pieces I wasn’t sure there’d be enough space in there for my chubby arms! In hindsight, it would have probably been fine without the extra room, but the tutorial worked a treat and I’m sure it’ll come in handy in future.

Black and white polka dot sew over it pussy bow blouse

The pattern has a centre front seam that I’m not hugely keen on. I wouldn’t mind if I’d chosen a plain fabric but I really wanted the spots to be nice and neat at the front. I’m not very accomplished when it comes to pattern matching, and the fabric wriggled around a lot when I was cutting out so I took to Instagram for advice about removing the seam. In the end I just cut the front piece on the fold. I had intended to remove the seam allowance, but in my haste I forgot! It meant that some of my notches didn’t quite match up, and there’s a bit more room in the front than I need, but nothing too traumatic happened.

Black and white polka dot sew over it pussy bow blouse

The blouse started coming together quickly, and I thought it was going to be a speedy make. Then came the hand sewing. So much hand sewing. Both cuffs and the whole neckline have to be slipstitched in place. I don’t particularly enjoy hand sewing, nor am I very good at it. I think its because I’ve got big hands. Imagine a gorilla threading a needle. That’s me hand stitching. I panicked at this point because my wobbly stitches had the potential to turn a nice top into something that looked very home made, and unlikely to be worn.

Black and white polka dot sew over it pussy bow blouse

I spent hours finishing it and I’m so glad that I took my time with it because it turned out just fine. It doesn’t look all that great from the inside, but I managed to hide the stitches under the seams on the outside, and I’m happy with the result.

The finished blouse is a bit on the large side, but it looks alright and has already had lots of wear. The V neck is quite narrow and I have to fold the necktie over to make it sit comfortably on me. If I make it again I’d consider taking ¾” off each side so that the neckline is a touch wider.

I think my pussy bow blouse is the most shop-bought-looking thing I’ve made so far and people are seriously impressed when they hear that I made it myself. It’s described as an intermediate pattern, which made this newbie feel very smug indeed!

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2 Comments

  1. 5 February , 2017 / 9:06 am

    It looks great! I have this fabric and just cut a blouse out of it. I know exactly what you mean when you described it as delicate yet sturdy!

    • 11 February , 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Thanks! It’s strange stuff, but I like it. Will definitely keep my eye out for more!

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