When I graduated, far too long ago, I wore a similar blouse to this, and it still is in fairly regular rotation in my wardrobe. I was given this Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse pattern quite a while ago, and I decided this autumn that it was high time that I put it together and tried it out. The pattern has two options, a keyhole neckline like my graduation blouse, and a V-neck which I decided to make this time around.
I made this blouse from a polyester chiffon georgette from The Textile Centre on Ebay, which was very reasonably priced. Polyester does have a rather poor reputation in some sewing circles, and I’ll admit, there are some potential pitfalls. It can be very resistant to pressing which can make getting sharp seam lines tricky, and it is not terribly breathable to wear. It is, however often a relatively cheap option, which can make it a great fabric for a wearable toile, when you aren’t sure that a pattern is going to fit or suit as you would like, and the resistance to pressing also means that you can pack or crumple your garment as much as you like and it won’t hold the creases! This got packed to holiday in the Lake District which is absolutely beautiful, if was slightly unobliging weather-wise for the photos!
I was very pleased with the quality of the fabric. it is soft and fluid making it perfect for a lightweight blouse, though it does have a tendency to fray. If I had had more time, I think French seaming the insides would have been the way to go, but overlocking is just so much quicker, and does seem to have kept the fraying in check.
As several people have observed, this Sew Over It pattern is not the easiest to get a neat finish at the point where the centre front seam and the bow meet. I did hand sew the inside of the neckline which helped, but it was still pretty fiddly getting everything to meet up properly. Once the bow it tied though, and imperfections will be hidden anyway, so perhaps it isn’t worth worrying about too much!
Unlike most top patterns, the front is cut in two pieces, while the back is cut on the fold. This centre front seam is there to help to get the bow attached, but I think with some careful sewing, you might be able to get away with taking out the centre seam and cut this on the fold too. The pattern on my blouse is pretty busy and so I don’t mind the seam breaking up the pattern too much, but if you have a more special fabric, you might prefer to eliminate this seam and avoid any pattern matching issues.
One thing to bear in mind are the cuffs. I have pretty small wrists, but even I don’t have much space here. If you have a larger bone structure, you might want to cut the cuff peace a little longer to make it more comfortable to wear, and just reduce the amount of gathering into the cuff. I can’t get the cuff over my hand without undoing the buttons which is quite unusual for me! The buttons are very simple and are from my button stash. Next time I will sew them on with a bit more of a thread shank, or use a thinner ribbon instead of the rouleau button loop because they are a bit fiddly to do up and undo.
The hem is slightly curved and shaped at the side seam too, which does look nice untucked with jeans and trousers. All in all, this has turned into a very versatile blouse. All ready for autumn.