Floral pussy cat bow

I like this top pattern. I couldn’t stop at one (and after all your lovely comments on my last post, I don’t think I can stop at one with that pattern either!)

And I’m a sucker for bows

Technical details

Pattern: Burdastyle 10-2010-118B

Fabric: Silk chiffon from Gay Naffine. I prewashed it (cold, wool wash detergent and wool setting on my front loader) so that I could machine wash the top rather than have to take it to the dry cleaners. I’ve been doing this with all my silks and silk/cotton blends. So far so good!

Changes I made:

I cut the tie out on the lengthwise grain rather than widthwise as instructed by Burda. I really did not have enough fabric for this pattern. I have no scraps left worth keeping. Not having enough fabric makes print placement easy- there was no choice!

I added 9 cm width to the sleeves for this version, gathering the extra in at the sleeve cap and into an arm band. Rhonda’s Sleeves on Saturday series has emboldened me to slash and spread pattern pieces.

This version got French seams too, apart from the armscye being finished with a fine zigzag.

As with my stripy version, the neck slit was less low than Burda suggested and faced with a bias strip of light grey silk cotton (left over from the ombre top in this post). I used this same fabric to interface the sleeve bands.

I sewed the tie onto the back neck around to the front where the gathering starts. This is better than last time- the stripy version version has the tie attached only to the shoulders seams, as Burda instructs. The neck is finished with a bias strip turned inside, with the tie enclosed and one end of the strip extending into a loop for the neck button. All of this is hidden by that crazy bow!

The mustard and yellow in this print are a bit of an experiment for me. Either there is enough grey, blue and green (‘my’ colours) in the print or yellow isn’t as bad on me as I thought it was.

 

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18 Responses to Floral pussy cat bow

  1. Darlene says:

    Beatiful! I really like the bow.

  2. Gail says:

    I’m a sucker for bows too and your blouse is now exception. Love the sleeve alteration.

  3. Ingrid says:

    Just gorgeous! These types of blouses are quite trendy now I believe. Did you find it difficult working with chiffon? I tend to avoid it as I have heard it is a pain to sew.

    • SewingElle says:

      It was a bit slippery but not unmanageable. I took it all slow. Perhaps prewashing it helped? I do really really really want to make a simple knit dress now after sewing two silk garments in a row!

  4. Gjeometry says:

    Very lovely blouse! Love the fabric print and the pattern of the top, well done!

  5. Tia Dia says:

    Pretty fabric for a TNT pattern! *love*

  6. kbenco says:

    It’s very feminine and gorgeous colours. I thought the bow in the magazine was a bit overwhelming, but in your chiffon, its perfect.

  7. Ruth says:

    Gosh, you find the most amazing fabrics and make them come alive!

  8. CherryPix says:

    Ditto what Ruth said ^. I wondered if the full bow would be ‘too much’…but definitely not in this lovely soft version…like the sleeve adjustment too…nice shape.

  9. sewforward says:

    You took the pattern from good to great with your pattern alterations: your blouse is lovely.

  10. O this is lovely too – the colours are good for you. They make you look very summery.

  11. Karin says:

    I like the combination of a traditional, feminine blouse with a bold, modern pattern on the fabric.

  12. amalitar says:

    Lovely print! Good that you took a chance despite the yellow, it paid off. And great idea what you did with the sleeves. I have to remember that next time I make this pattern as I too can never have too many bows in my closet :-)

  13. Velosewer says:

    Great fabric and style choices. I really love this a lot. It’s so flattering on you.

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