As Promised…

As promised, here’s the Pussy Bow Blouse on the dressform. After having some time to think about it, I’ve come to following conclusions:

  1. I like the arms. They are softly gathered at the cuff and the sleeve head. They fall perfectly at the top of my forearm.
  2. The body does nothing for my curves. Other than the side darts, the torso is extremely masculine. The side is a straight cut with no shaping and it seems mismatched with the arms.
  3. I should have made the pussy bow. The masculine body and the feminine arms wouldn’t seem so mismatched with it. It’s like the dude’s rug – it would have really tied to blouse together.
  4. It’s white. Seriously. I started looking at my closet and it turns out, other than white undershirts, I don’t own all-white garments (edit: that’s a lie. I made this over the summer and love it! What gives?) I think my subconscious has known all along that white isn’t flattering to my skin tone. Molly may be on to something when she suggested dyeing the blouse.

8 Responses to “As Promised…”

  1. Thanks for showing it. I like it, and I think in a fabric with more drape the lack of waist shaping might not matter as much. It definitely needs the bow though.

    • I think you’re right, Gail. Pattern Runway’s version is out of silk crepe de chine and the drape seems to make a huge difference. The suggested fabrics include cotton shirting and cotton voile but this experience tells me otherwise. I’d consider making another one from a printed georgette or chiffon though.

  2. I think this shirt is a winner. The size and shape of the collar is perfect and the beading takes it onto another level. Popping out over the top of your jumper in the previous post, it looks so lovely, I’m really impressed. I agree that the bow would be much more suited to a more drapey fabric but personally this is the one for me.
    Thanks so much for popping by Lizz, I’m so pleased you did!

  3. I agree with gail and you. The drape from making it in something other than silk is suffering and it does need the bow. I totally think you could dye it and I would love to see the results of that. It might also be fun to make the bow out of a contrasting fabric in addition to a matching (with the bow) belt. Shirts that are masculine-ish that have a more of a structured fabric, are rather peachy with a belt I think. I love the collar detail and it is a fab white shirt. I’m totally convinced that will proper styling, you can get it to look just great, even if its not just perfect!
    xoxo, Sunni

    • I appreciate the comment, Sunni! I see myself using the bow pattern piece a lot for those skinny scraps from previous projects. I love your idea to pair this with a contrasting bow and belt – it could look quite good with a circle skirt. I’ll have to try that out.

  4. I love the layered look! Also – how would it look tucked into a high-waisted skirt? That might be an option for a work-type outfit.


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