Pussy Bow Blouse

img_2021I’m having a bit of a Sew Over It moment. I’ve watched Lisa Comfort since she started her business a few years ago and am extremely impressed with what she has achieved. Sewing is such a niche market yet she now has two shops in London and a huge internet presence. She has written two printed books and an e-book and runs courses online and in the shops.

Her success is in part due to her sense of style, which is pretty and vintage. The patterns are beautifully cut but simple to sew and the online shop makes it easy to select the perfect fabric.

I must admit I am not a normally a fan of vintage style but I do find that a pencil skirt and a blouse make very easy work wear.

img_2015 This outfit is the Pussy Bow Blouse and the Ultimate Pencil Skirt.  I bought both the fabric and pattern for the blouse from the Islington shop. The pattern comes in two styles, this one is the v-neck and there is a keyhole shaped neckline. I think the latter is a more modern style and would look great in a white silk.

The shape is not very fitted so rather than do my usual wide back adjustment I just added a 4cm strip (yes my back is really that wide) down the centre back. I thought this might make the back neck gape but it lies perfectly where it should. I also had to adjust the bow for the same 4cm.

Owing to the slippery fabric the cuffs on the sleeves were a little fiddly to make, but the rest of it was very simple and quick.img_2016

I’ve had lots of compliments about this blouse, particularly people saying how nice the fabric is. Most of my clothes are made out of plan fabrics so maybe I need to wear more patterns.

I’ll write about the skirt next time

 

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5 thoughts on “Pussy Bow Blouse

  1. I am just about to sew a toile for a Simple Sew Pussy Bow blouse and I am a real novice at fitting, despite being a seamstress of many years. I usually avoid woven for this reason but I am determined to overcome my affliction! I too have a very wide back and I have small shoulders so my problem is always in the back area. Do you find you usually have to add to the back but insert neck darts or pleats to bring in the neckline? If not how do you usually cope, if you aren’t lucky enough to find a pattern like this one which just works? I didn’t realise you had the same fitting problem as I do so will look more carefully at your blog posts to get some hints.😀

    • I’m not much of an expert at fitting either but there are a couple of ways I do the adjustment. I’ll write a post about it.

      You might want to try A Fashionable Stitches blog. She has some great posts on fitting, although some seem to have been taken down recently

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