I have a real thing for vintage blouses. If you make them from the right fabric they look very period, but put them in something modern & who would even know?? This blouse snuck onto my “to sew” list about half way through November when I caught sight of Seamstress Erin’s Bow-Neck Blouse Sewalong. Who could say no? I figured I have loads of patterns, just pick one…. Hmm. Funny thing, despite having over 200 vintage patterns, I only have a handful with bows & I wasn’t “feeling” any of them.
Then a parcel containing 32 patterns & some lengths of fabric arrived from America from my bestie. Problem solved! Now I had two to pick from, as well as a fabric I thought was pretty cool for the time period. I still couldn’t make my mind up though, so posted this on my Facebook page & asked for votes…
The vote was a tie – wouldn’t you just guess! 🙂 In the end, it was the fabric that clinched it. I really wanted to use this print cotton & it was definitely not suitable for a big floppy bow. That pattern wants a pretty silk – or maybe some Liberty Lawn. The chosen pattern was interesting, sort of part-printed. I had fun tracing it off, so much easier to do on a fully printed pattern!
As for putting it together, it was dead easy, once I’d remembered the change in seam allowance. There is a 1/2″ allowance on the side seams, including the sleeve & armhole seams, & 3/4″ everywhere else. This meant I had to be alert & have my imperial measuring gadget ready to make sure I was in the right place! At least it means you can alter the width if needed & still have enough seam allowance to work with.
I really like the little bow, although I don’t, as a rule, wear tops that close right up to my neck. It all looks a bit much, so I prefer collars with revers. However, this is too cute! The cotton holds the long tucks nicely & the whole blouse is nice & crisp. I got a couple of compliments in the florists while doing the photos! Usually it’s Belle on the receiving end of the compliments, so it felt quite nice.
I must thank Erin for hosting the sewalong, although I didn’t get the blouse finished by the end of November (only cut it out on Sunday 1 December! sshhhh, don’t tell!) I enjoyed making it. With the pile of patterns I have, it’s nice to get a nudge in a certain direction, otherwise I just make what I feel like seeing made up. Not that that’s all that bad.
I also need to thank Lucy Walker from the florists for allowing me to pose around her little florist shop for these photos! A little plug – if you’re in the South Warwickshire area & love country flowers, Lucy’s your girl. While you’re admiring the flowers though, take a look at all the fabulous vintage finds hidden amongst the vases, gorgeous candles & cute pots. She has the most eclectic stock I’ve ever seen in a flower shop! Needless to say I pop in often for a chat & a browse. Sometimes I even buy flowers! 😀
All in all a very cute blouse. I want to make the long sleeve version soon (view 2). I have a dark blue silk satin that would look absolutely fabulous, I must just make sure I have enough! This blouse will be making an appearance in my Etsy shop in the next few days if you’re interested…
In the mean time, I have a dress to finish.