Sewing this pussy bow blouse made me feel like the undervalued boyfriend of a spoilt princess.
Shall I hand stitch your hem, darling? I know how delicate you are.
Yawn. Sure. Hey, pass me my Selfie Stick. I haven’t posted my gorgeous face on Instagram in over 30 seconds.
What about if I use a special seam treatment for light fabrics? Would you like that, honey?
Srsly? You expect me to wear anything that isn’t designer? Get outta my face!
Sigh. High class this neon orange chiffon ain’t. Though some people would argue that ‘neon orange’ and ‘high class’ aren’t comfortable bed fellows anyway. I purchased the chiffon from a bonkers shop just off Euston Road. I wouldn’t make a special trip to visit here, but if you’re passing you should definitely pop in. It has heaving shelves of fabric, some in pre-cut lengths, most of it cheap. Really cheap. Like, don’t take a flame into that place. But it’s fun to visit.
Of course, once I reached my sewing climax, I instantly fell in love with the finished make. Which I think means sewing gives me the same kicks teenagers chase. The only difference is, I don’t need to worry about contraception.
I love how the neon pink topstitching on my dungarees goes with my neon orange chiffon!
I made this blouse after watching Alison Smith‘s Couture Finishing Techniques on Craftsy. (A great set of lessons to watch at your leisure.) There was a section on seam finishes for delicate fabrics and I was keen to apply to this make. You finish your seam with a teeny tiny zig zag and trim the raw seams close to the zig zags. I’m not overly keen on how my cheap fabric is feathering against those zig zags, and I’ll be curious to how this stands up to the washing machine.
But. And it’s a big but. That seam is so discreet, so lacking in bulk, so invisible from the right side of the make. I’m won over. See how much thread there is in an overlocked seam, by contrast?
If you’re bored of Pussy Bow Blouses by now, I apologise. I’ll stay posting as long as I still have sewing lessons to share! I have ordered some black silk chiffon for a fourth (gulp) make. Then, maybe I’ll move on to something else.
One thing’s for sure. My love of colour hasn’t gone anywhere! I think it adds a rather nice twist to this classic blouse. Would you wear neon?