This is the Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse. If you want to bring out your inner vixen, buy this pattern. It’s gorgeous! And doesn’t it go well with their Ultimate Trousers? It should go just as well with Sewaholic’s Hollyburn Skirt. If I was looking for a definitive capsule wardrobe, I’d use these three patterns on regular rotation.
I used the same silk I used on my recent kimono make. (The kimono has seen lots of wear at home – just don’t march past a door with a large handle, when those voluminous sleeves are floating around. Yank!)
In my kimono post, I asked readers what the print was on this silk. Amoeba? I knew that Another Sewing Scientist wouldn’t let me down. She left a comment informing me that these are actually paramecia. And you think you come here for the sewing!
The details on this blouse are to die for. The cuffs that have a button and loop. The bow tie, obviously. The teeny tiny gathers at the shoulder. (Possibly too teeny tiny for my taste – a devil to make my gathers look like more than an unfortunate mistake setting in a sleeve. Not sure I succeeded.)
A word on the sleeves: they’re designed to pool around the wrist, which I think is a gorgeous look. This does mean you should carefully measure your sleeve length against your arms. There’s a fine line between delicate pooling at the wrist and Help, I can’t find my hands! I’d also urge you to baste in the sleeves before sewing. I always baste my sleeves in first, these days. The seam ripper will mostly be part of this process – why make it more difficult than it needs to be?
Any other hints and tips? You need to work with a light fabric with lots of drape. This can make cutting out a challenge. I’d set aside an evening just for the cutting. Don’t rush. Pin your selvages together. You might choose to pin fabric between sheets of paper. I didn’t, but I did use my micro-serrated scissors. (If you like to geek out on scissors, check out my post here.)
I don’t think you necessarily need to use expensive fabrics on this make. I think a great fabric that you could pull out of the washing machine and air dry would make this pattern a real workhorse. We may be talking polyester, people!
What do you think? Can you imagine making this blouse? And do you need to be a fabric snob to indulge your inner vixen?