Classic Style Blouse with Bias Bow Collar
I have been wanting to make a blouse with the Pussy Bow neckline for ages but never found a pattern that I really wanted to sew.
I even filmed a vlog on my YouTube channel on this very subject a few weeks ago. I did some research and found at least ten Pussy Bow Tie blouse patterns, which included four free patterns to download.
Funnily enough the Oakridge did not appear on my list, it may have something to do with this pattern just being classed as a blouse.
Anyway, I am so glad I found this pattern by Sewaholic Patterns. They are a Canadian based company and this is my first make with them.
Find a UK stockist for the pattern here.
I chose this amazing soft and buttery lightweight slub rayon in navy blue by Modelo Fabrics. It has such a lovely drape and the slub weave gives it a really nice texture. Also, I did not have any navy or dark blue items in my wardrobe and I thought it would be a great mix and match piece.
See here for stockists of the fabric that I used.
Size Inclusive Pattern
The pattern is very size inclusive, ranging from size 0 to 20. There are two different views to choose from, with the collar or a collarless version.
Obviously, I went for the tie collar. I was pretty excited making this project as its been on my wish list for quite some time.
I chose the size 8 purely based on the finished measurement sizing. I am usually a size 12 but I wanted nothing too loose as it was intended as a layering piece. To wear underneath my pinafore dresses and some of my handknit and crochet items. But if I wanted more of a looser blouse, I could simply size up to a 10. This would give me that extra ease if I needed. I suppose it all depends on what look you are going for. It’s good to know for any future makes.
The instructions were clearly written with some really good diagrams and I definitely think it’s a pattern suitable for confident beginners.
The whole project came together really easily and I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Simple but Stylish
The blouse has a button placket down the front and some really lovely shirt style cuffs. I only had some cream buttons in my button tin and because my local haberdashery shop is closed during ‘lockdown’ I just used what I had.
They don’t look too bad and if necessary I can always swap them for blue buttons further down the line. I really like this simple casual look just paired with my vintage jeans and boots. Simple but stylish.
Fitted Classic Style
It’s a fitted style with bust darts for shaping and the classic shirt style sleeves. It’s quite a formal style too, not usually a style I would go for, but I am pleasantly impressed.
I really love this blouse, and the navy blue is perfect for my complexion. It is so much warmer and less stark than black.
Also, it is a perfect colour that I can mix and match with lots of colours in my wardrobe.
Perfect Layering Piece
I have paired it with my mustard ‘Poppy’ pinafore, a self-drafted pattern, and the colours work so well together. This might be one of my favourite outfits.
Mix and Match
I have added an extra layer with my crochet snug which gives it a completely different look and another outfit idea. I love to ‘shop my wardrobe’ when creating outfits and this blouse is going to be well ‘shopped’ I can tell you!
I have added all three layers in this picture for another different look which I love so much.
I will definitely be making this pattern again and I might try a floral cotton lawn for a different look. I would also give this pattern a thumbs up and highly recommend it to anyone looking for this style blouse.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!