If you’re a fan of 80’s music then you’ll know the origin of my post title straight away...if not, have a listen to this by The Cure..Enjoy! And the reason for the title is that the song kept going through my head all the time that I was sewing up my new kitty blouse. Anyway, I digress…. I bought this fabric just over a week ago when I had the pleasure of meeting up with 24 other sewing enthusiasts from the wonderful Instagram community. After meeting for drinks and sweet treats in John Lewis Birmingham we spent the day fabric shopping around the city. The morning was spent around the rag market and Barry’s Fabrics and in the afternoon we were delighted to be treated to a tour around Adam Ross Fabrics.
This kitty print georgette came home with me (how could I resist!) and I couldn’t wait to make it up into a pussy bow style blouse for double the feline fun. I don’t usually dive so quickly into sewing projects, in fact I often buy fabric with the intention of making a certain garment up, but then it sits in my stash drawers for so long that I end up changing my mind and making something totally different because trends have changed! Tell me I’m not the only one who does this!
So apart from getting this georgette fabric and a few other goodies(to be shown in upcoming blog posts) I managed to snag a couple of free patterns and one of them was Simplicity 2406. I decided to use view C as a base for my blouse and I did one or two alterations to the pattern as follows:
- I lengthened the sleeves from ¾ to full length.
- I Raised the neckline at the back and raised my sleeve heads to match. I often need extra length of armholes at the back to accommodate my high neckline and forward/rounded shoulders, but I also wanted the neck higher for attaching the pussy bow tie neck.
- I also made a small bound key hole shape at the front of the neck.
For this fine, sheer fabric I used Schmetz Microtex 70/10 needles in my machine and I found that it stitched up like a dream with no puckering and no pulled threads in my fabric. I’d also decided I wanted an ultra clean finish and small seams on the inside throughout, so I made each seam a french one and I found it such an enjoyable process doing the two rows of stitching for each seam.
The long neck tie is cut on the straight of grain and as I hadn’t quite got enough length of fabric to cut just it in two pieces with a centre back seam, I ended up having a section of fabric that spanned across the back of the neck as well. I also decided to cut this back section on a slight curve so that it hugged my neck nicely. You can see it on this photo and you can also see the binding that I put on around the front keyhole shape.
I wanted the hem of my blouse to be equally fine to match the vibe of the small french seams, so I did a narrow hem using a technique taught to me by my mother a very long time ago and it’s mentioned in the instructions of some of the classic Vogue patterns in my collection. So, first of all you fold up and press about a half inch or so of fabric at the hem. Then you stitch close to the fold. The next step is to trim quite close to this row of stitching...be very careful not to cut the main body fabric. Finally you fold back and stitch as you go, a second row of stitching. The result is a very fine hem that looks sharp, neat and narrow. The very last step of my blouse was to stitch a channel at the lower edge of both sleeves and thread narrow elastic through for a nice blousey gathered sleeve.
The loose fit and raglan sleeves make this a very comfortable blouse to wear and perfect for the weather we’re getting in the UK now.
Oh, and by the way, just as a side note...the jeans I’m wearing in the photos are some I’ve had for a while (from Next) and I’ve actually tucked a load of fabric up under the hem to make them look shorter...I think I’ll hem them like this to jump on the cropped and slightly flared trend that is popular now because I’m really liking this shorter look :)
Finally... and last but not least I think I should thank my co-star Bilbo for being such a natural in front of the camera!
‘Til next time….