Sew Over it Pussy Bow Blouse - take 2



If it isn't obvious by now that I am a Sew Over It fan girl, then I'll give you a head's up - I love their patterns. I hardly ever return to patterns because I'm usually too eager to make the next thing on my wishlist, but theirs are the ones that I do return to. My first Pussy Bow Blouse is a staple item in my work wardrobe. It has lasted a good three years, and gets the toughest of wears, but is starting to show signs of the toils I put it through, so I made another one. I didn't learn from the first one though, which is a shame! PS - worn here with my Ginger Jeans.

Fabric


I like a sheer fabric for work blouses as it makes them just that bit more breathable. It worked well for my first version, so I went for a similar weight in this version. This is a georgette that was around £7 per metre in the Remnant Kings sale (it's no longer there but there is some still around online). It behaves exactly like most sheer fabrics - a fraying pain to sew with.... BTW if you need tips on sewing with these kinds of materials, check out my tips for sheer fabrics here. I french seamed the entire blouse (no mean feat around that neckline) but have come away wondering if there was another way to finish these sems that would add less time, and crucially, less bulk... (ideas in comments please!).

Also.. I love these buttons that I found in my local haberdashery shop (I do really think that details are what set handmade clothes apart from RTW).



Normally I would discuss pattern and instructions next, but my thoughts are still the same as my first go (link above) .... my only comment this time is it would be nice to have some help for sheer fabrics, having struggled with two versions now.

Alterations

I didn't make any, but have now deduced that I really do need to do something about the back. Normally I have to take in a Sew Over It size 10, but with their blouses I struggle to get them on and off over my broad shoulders. I've been consulting my book 'Fit for Real People' and can't figure out if it's my back or shoulders that are the issue. I think it could be a broad top back, and adding in some ease across that width should make a difference (sigh, next time).

I'm also starting to think that a rayon might be better too, as the neckline/collar sits a little oddly in these sheer fabrics I keep using. It would also mean that I don't have to french seam the blouse - running seams through an overlocker is just so much quicker!

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