Pussy Bow Blouse

Sew Over It

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The Pussy bow blouse sewing pattern from Sew Over It is perfect for an intermediate dressmaker. With two different style options you can choose between a v-neck version or a keyhole opening. Stylish and versatile, it’s perfect for the office but can be dressed up for a night out.

What we think: This classic bow tied blouse will look great on most people, whether it’s tucked into a skirt of slung on over jeans this will add a bit of glam to any outfit.

Suggested Fabrics: perfect for drapey fabrics, it works best in a rayon, sandwashed silk, crepe or other lightweight fabric with a lot of drape.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information

Fabric

Chiffon / Georgette, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Silk / Satin / Sateen

Size

UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Sewing level

Intermediate

Make time

One to two days

Pattern format

PAPER

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    4 out of 5 The SOI Pussy Bow Blouse

    AthinaKakou

    I finally made the Pussy Bow Blouse after having the pattern in my stash for over 2 years. I’m so in love with the result, although the sleeves turned out tight under the armholes. I’ve had the same issue with SOI patterns before but didn’t think to make a toile beforehand. But, at least it’s wearable! There’s definitely a second one in my future <3
    Full review on my blog: https://athinakakou.com/2019/03/16/a-new-blouse-in-my-wardrobe/

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    5 out of 5 Quick, simple but beautiful

    PatsyPoo

    I really love this pattern. It’s very simple and quick to make: no darts, no closures, no interfacing but a gorgeous and flattering shape. A little bit of hand sewing is involved but it still comes together very fast.
    You can dress it up or down and wear it all year round, depending on your fabric choice.

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    FoodieNelly

    Another pussy bow blouse but what is different with this one is that I removed the centre front seam. I’d love to know how others have done this – or a more “official” way – but I improvised… I staystitched the V point at the front to give it strength first. After sewing the shoulder seams as normal, I then added the necktie, stitching right round and including at the V at the bottom. I then cut into the V and when I sealed the necktie I overlapped the fabric slightly. It didn’t quite seal the necktie so I did some small hand stitches to secure it all together.
    I felt this time the neck was a bit tighter than previous versions so I’ll look to make the neck opening a little larger for my next one.
    Other usual adjustment: lengthened sleeve by about an inch and omitted the button/loop closure at the end of the sleeves and just finished them like the Susie Blouse.
    Fabric was also the same one Lisa used to make one recently – I think a very smooth crepe.
    Rated as Intermediate due to the adjustment I made.

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    • ejmrsdn

      Very useful comment as I was thinking about cutting the front on the fold and wondering what the ramifications would be! Thank you.

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    FoodieNelly

    I love the style of the SOI Pussy Bow Blouse. I’ve had many compliments on the first one I made (not pictured) and also a number of compliments on this second one, pictured.
    The pattern instructions are simple enough to follow for advanced beginners. I found the joining of the bow at the point of the V neck a little complicated and would love to know what adjustments I can do to the neckline if I was to cut the front on the fold.
    I’ve lengthened the sleeves in this version (about 1 inch) and also didn’t add the loop and button to the cuff – I found I could get my hands through the cuff without needing the button and if I sewed the cuff band with 1cm seam allowance, rather than 1.5cm. Made the final make slightly quicker.
    I also didn’t slip stitch the bow to the neckline – I stitched in the ditch as feels more secure doing that.

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    • ejmrsdn

      Again, so useful- I’m going to try this hack for the cuffs now!

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    EmmaThompson

    Sew Over It – Pussy Bow Blouse

    Having seen the lovely Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It some beautiful versions of this pattern I was excited to try this pattern.

    I found some lovely viscose Challis – Black with redflowers on ebay – OhSewCraftltd for my first version this fabric was brilliant a really lovely weight viscose lovely drape and really soft.

    I loved the first version so much I quickly ordered some more viscose this time from The Textile Centre, this was a finer viscose challis and seemed to crease very easy but was still lovely for the finished blouse.

    There are 2 Versions to make 1 – Keyhole neckline 2- lower v neckline

    The instructions for this pattern were really excellent so clear and well explained. The only tiny thing to take care on was the seam allowance for the neck-tie were different to the rest of the pattern, so do keep checking seam allowances.

    I liked that the sleeve gathers into a thin cuff, I didn’t use interfacing and I thought it was fine without. There’s a fabric loop for the button maybe to help people avoid button holes? I think it’s quicker to do a button hole but I did do the loops as I’d already cut the cuffs before I read this and would have needed to extend the cuff for a button hole.

    Overall 10 out of 10 from me for this pattern. I think I need a white version for my spring wardrobe next !

    I made size UK 12 & Version 2

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    EllieMacLulich

    Pattern Size: I often rant about the difficult time I have with fit in most commercial patterns (I measure in at the size 14 but it always end up WAY too big), they often don’t have the important measurements – the finished fit of the garment. However the Sew Over It patterns ALL have the finished measurements on the back of the pattern and they are very spot on!

    I cut the size ….

    See the whole review on my blog – http://elliemaclulich.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/floral-pussy-bow-blouse-sew-over-it.html

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    Pussy Bow Blouse

    iribeiro

    Fabric:
    The fabric I used was a silk (charmeuse I believe but the label only said silk – you can’t expect too much labelling from Portuguese fabric stores). It is shiny and presses well but creases back in a second – that horizontal crease I got from sitting down for 30min prior to taking a picture. It’s the flimsiest thing I ever worked with, I was a tad negligent and cut the fabric the way I usually do, I pin the pattern down and cut around it with shears. But every pin placed displaced the grainline and the result was that the pieces were a bit different from the pattern. I was able to adjust it latter with my rotary cutter but I lost in length and shape of the hem.

    Pattern, instructions and alterations:
    I like the detail of Sew Over it pattern instructions and layout, I’ve done a few of their patterns and this did not disapoint. I agree with some of the other reviews that the additional strip of bias should be present in the pattern layout and cutting instructions. I have a dedicated fabric bin and was able to go back and find a piece large enough to cut the 4x10cm strip, but some people might not save it. I sewed from the pdf version, and I don’t remember having more paper waste than the needed.
    I chose version 2 for my blouse, both versions feature a center seam, which I thought was unaesthetic and unnecessary in version 2. To take it out I folded the front seam allowance and cut on the fold. I constructed most of the shirt using french seams by choice and imposition of the flimsy fabric, I don’t mind, they’re a favorite. For the armscyes I used the overlock stitch on my machine. It has a bit more of hand finishing needed than what I like to do, but I wouldn’t want to topstitch this fabric.

    Size and fit:
    I was between a 12 and a 14 based on their size chart, but I used a size 12 because, looking at the finished garment measurements, it would have enough ease to fit comfortably. I didn’t made any other alteration than those imposed by my first shoddy attempt at cutting and then having to salvage the pieces. Everything fits just fine, I might make a lower V, but I’m not sure if it got shorter this time because I corrected the pattern cutting, or if it is due to the pattern.
    I love how it looks, but I’ll need another bottom to pair it with, or I’ll be limited to this denim skirt. I don’t have any other bottoms with waistlines I’d like to show by wearing it tucked in, and the hem looks a bit gnarly. I would love to try this in another drapey fabric but one not as flimsy as this charmeuse.

    Difficulty level:
    I agree with the intermediate level, because of the drapey fabrics recomended, the necessary hand finishing, and the possibility of using french seams. But this does not mean a confident beginner wouldn’t be able to tackle it.

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    overonkingsdrive

    This was a really nice, quick project for me, and I was really happy with the results.

    Fabric: a “faux-silk” polyester with the sheen and texture of crushed silk. It cut nicely (with a rotary cutter), held its shape, didn’t really fray, pressed nicely and is machine washable – perfect!

    Sizing: I come up between an 8 and a 10 on their sizing chart, but since there seemed to be loads of ease based on the finished garment measurements, I went down and cut the 8. It’s spot on as a slimmer-fit blouse which is how I like to wear my tucked-in blouses.

    Instructions: really clear and easy to follow.

    Alterations: I lengthened the sleeve by about an inch. I have long arms! I also ended up having to lower the neckline point by about an inch as it was a big snug going over my head.

    Difficulty level: It’s labelled an intermediate, but I still consider myself a beginner, albeit a confident beginner, and it didn’t have any issues. I French-seamed most of the internal seams and it was largely ok although the way I had to lower the neckline meant it wasn’t as neat at the bottom of the v-neck where it meets the centre seam. Nothing you can see from the outside though. I think a lot of the difficulty of this pattern will depend on the fabric you choose – I can imagine that something like a chiffon-type texture would have been a lot more difficult.

    The end result: I love it so much!

    Would I recommend it?: 100%

    For my full review, please see: https://overonkingsdrive.com/2016/04/18/pussy-bow-blouse/

    P.S. – One of my images has uploaded rotated to one side, even though it’s the right way round on my computer and other upload sites. I can’t seem to find any option to rotate it so please bear with it!

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    thepetitepassions

    There are two versions that you can select – Version 1 has a keyhole opening and Version 2 has a V neck style. I chose version 2 for my blouse.
    Fabric
    The fabric I used was the one used to show the pattern on the stall. It’s a navy blue chiffon with white splodges at £12 per metre (from Sew Over It’s fabric shop). It is sheer with a lovely silky feel, and refuses to crease.
    But….
    It frays like you wouldn’t believe. Even cutting with sharp rotary cutters caused fraying, and it took longer to make than anticipated because I was constantly trimming frayed edges. Also the fact it doesn’t crease will be really useful, but it doesn’t help in construction. I ended up using Wonder Tape to get the bottom hems stable enough to sew straight! I was happy though that I got to use a pair of buttons that I had bought and not needed for a different project.

    Pattern and Instructions
    The pattern pieces are presented in fairly standard tissue with lots of size gradings, and are found in the back of the pattern wallet. There weren’t a lot of markings to transfer in the end but it was very time consuming due to my fabric choice.
    One thing is that it isn’t overly obvious at the start that you need to cut an additional strip of bias for the cuff loops. I understand it’s a small piece (10cm x 4cm) but it’s something you’d want to factor in before you threw away fabric scraps after cutting. I also know that many people probably read carefully through instructions before they start – obviously I wasn’t that thorough….

    This is an ‘Intermediate’ level pattern, and the instructions are in their own booklet. Each step is clearly described and there are some illustrations to help too. I supplemented these with the Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse Sewalong on the blog. Though the steps in the sewalong deviate from the instruction booklet it does have colour photos that illustrate how each stage should look, and gives a comforting reassurance for less experienced sewists. Using the two together I managed to get a fairly good idea of what I needed to do. Some steps are a little complicated, and take a while to understand (mainly centred around constructing and attaching the necktie).

    I did encounter some construction difficulties due to my fabric choice…I needed to use French seams and neither the booklet nor the sewalong covered this. I managed for the main but attaching the necktie was really tricky, and to be honest I think I did a shoddy job. Hopefully nobody will look too closely….

    Alterations
    I used a size 10, based on my measurements, and didn’t alter any of the sizings. I was concerned that the sleeves might be too tight or long but everything fits just fine. If I make this again I may lower the front V slightly but that’s it. (5ft UK size 10 if you are wondering).
    I love how my finished project looks. I wear this a lot for work but will be taking it out for lunch as well! The slight gather where the sleeves are set into the shoulders adds a feminine twist, and the high collar of the necktie means this looks good with hair tied up too.

    I would love to try this in a fabric that doesn’t require French seams, as this really made the whole process so much more difficult, and I think I would do a better job. My fabric choice has a lovely finished look but was not easy to work with at all.
    This is definitely an intermediate level pattern, and I would recommend it to an experienced friend.

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    Aprilis

    I really loved this pattern. I have wanted to make a pussy bow blouse for ages and this pattern appealed to me due to it looking simpler to other patterns I’d seen. I’ve never made a top before but found this quite easy though I do have a basic knowledge of sewing. I would not recommend it for a total beginner.

    I made a size 16 but I did have to do a full bust adjustment (learnt off YouTube!) or I think it would have been a little snug. The blouse does not have darts so this made the adjustment easy. The instruction booklet and diagrams were clear and I liked how it just kept things simple. It doesnt tell you a couple of basic things like stay stitching the neckline etc. but I suppose it’s something you should know but nothing major and I still love this pattern. I like the fact, and did need to with the collar, you can go over to the sew over it blog to get extra tips and photos to help.

    Overall, I loved this pattern and found it a really flattering design. I can’t wait to make more blouses as well as try some more of sew over it patterns!

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    dabomal97

    Made this for my mum who was out-with the pattern sizing, just added a few panels at the front and fit perfectly! I had been looking for a well designed, easy to sew pussybow shirt pattern and im glad to say ive finally found one! I am self taught and currently building on my sewing skills at university- i would class myself as a basic sewer but with the included instructions understood every cut, fold and stitch! Cant thank you enough, I was able to make my mum a shirt she has always wanted and thats thanks to you! 🙂 will definitely be purchasing more patterns in the future!

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    hbarbour

    Made s size 10 which according to packet should have been perfect sizing but very tight across bust and neck hole too small to put on unless my hair is down. Easy too sew, with clear instructions. Will make ago in a bigger size

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