March 23, 2011

Buttercream Bow Blouse

Ta da! Here is the blouse I've been working on so feverishly for the past little while. It really wasn't hard, in fact it was sooooo easy. I have a white one that needs to be finished and I think it might be finished sooner rather than later. And I might need one more, just to make things bearable. I love the bow! It's terribly terribly cute I think! He he he! OK, onto specifics.

I made this is up in this buttercream polka dot silk shirting that I bought from Fashion Fabrics Club. So comfy, so light and airy and so easy to work with. The pattern is Simplicity 7896, a vintage pattern from 1977. Not a bad fit, in fact the only fitting issue was my broad shoulder, otherwise, totally easy.

I left this blouse sleeveless and used Tasia's method for applying the bias tape around the edges. Way easy. I had to recut the armscye just a little to facilitate a better show off for my pristinely white shoulders.

I used cover buttons and hand worked all the buttonholes. This was acutally the main reason I did this blouse. Today, concurrently with this post, I have a guest post over on No Big Deal where I show you how to make hand worked buttonholes. I'm planning to post the same post here tomorrow with a few more tips and ideas for you too. The hand worked buttonholes were not that easy. In fact, hand working a buttonhole takes quite a bit of practice and even the ones I did for this blouse still aren't as perfect I would like. I've done them before, on this blouse here. Practice makes perfect! They are pretty extraordinary though. I wish I could send this blouse to each and every one of you, so you could see and feel the difference. They are terribly cool. Everyone should try them, at least once!

What else? Oh yes, the inside. I had a reader want to see the inside with the rather clean looking facings. Nice and neat, see?

And look how nicely it goes with my pea green cardi here. The cardi was a recent thrift that I absolutely adore. 100% cashmere for $6. Now that's a deal! I love how the bow just sits right one top there. Now I just need some new skirts and pants to go with this blouse. I mean you've only seen these Bella jeans how many times on me? Yes. I know. Oh and please excuse the background. I was in a sore spot for light, wanting desparately to take these outside, but having no vehicle, it had just snowed/rained and I was forced to take these on my balcony.

Bow. Blouse. Madness!

xoxo,

Sunni
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55 comments

  1. So beautiful, and filled with fantastic tips. I love it.

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  2. i second the motion to send this to each and every one of us. 'kthnx.
    GORGEOUS. and those facings are so beautiful you could wear it inside out!

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  3. Really cute! The colour looks great on you...

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  4. This is such a cute blouse, so neatly finished inside too. I love that you can wear it with the cardi and the bow still shows through to create a totally different look. Perfect for cooler days! Great job on the buttonholes, I look forward to the tutorial :)

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  5. Oh my, what a beautiful creation. I can't believe how pretty the inside is! It's a work of art!

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  6. I love it! The bow is perfect.

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  7. ooohhh! I love it! And you're right, it does go perfectly with the cardi! Ok, off to check your handworked buttonhole tutorial as we speak!!

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  8. Super cute, Sunni! I LOVE the fabric, it's so bright and perfect for welcoming spring. I have several projects planned with bows that I really need to get a move on with. It's such an easy yet put together look.

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  9. This blouse turned out really charming. I look forward to your post on hand bound buttonholes as I am a sucker for hand stitched details. On a side note these colors look wonderful with your fair skin and red hair--I just became a redhead and have been trying to sort out what colors to wear to best complement the new shade--green and blue I had sorted out but I hadn't thought of the sweet pale yellow or the punches of red. Thanks!

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  10. This turned out gorgeous! And I think the Bella Jeans are a perfect complement to the shirt. :-) I'm going to have to check out your post on handworked buttonholes now. :-)

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  11. Ha! I just picked up a similar vintage 70's bow blouse pattern: Simplicity 6507. So I'm clearly a huge fan of this style and your finished shirt. You could almost wear this inside-out the interior is finsihed so nicely. Great job on this one!

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  12. Love, love, love that blouse!!! Actually, I absolutely adore the entire outfit, right down to those cute heels! Those jeans....adore!!! Great post! xoxo Beth

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  13. It's gorgeous! I would never have guessed that something so pretty and modern could come from a 70's pattern.
    The buttonholes are wonderful. I think I may try them on my next blouse (especially since I had to give my mom's buttonhole foot back.)

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  14. Such a pretty blouse! I love the bow and can't wait for the tips on the buttonholes. May i ask though why are the handmade ones better than the ones done with the sewing machine? This is probably pretty dumb question, I know...but i have to ask :)

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  15. Very cute blouse. Also what pattern did you use for the pants?

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  16. I rarely feel quite this jealous of someone else's me-made garment. I desperately wish I had bought some of that silk when you first linked to it.

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  17. I love everything about this blouse. You chose the right color that really suits your complexion and hair color. Also, I like how you match it with the denim Bella and the cardigan. So so cute, and so neatly done!

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  18. Oh wow... beautiful blouse! Thanks for the how-to on the handmade buttonholes! I've always wanted to try them.

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  19. You have such great taste, I love how you style all your outfits :)

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  20. This is Beautiful! I love yellow, but alas, it is usually not for me.

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  21. Really lovely! The colour is beautiful on you, and the whole outfit rocks! The blouse works so well with and without a cardi.

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  22. Love it, I really need to make some new tops.

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  23. The buttonholes look amazing, in fact before I had read the post and was just looking at the pretty pictures they were something I stopped and on and thought how immaculate they were! Very cute!

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  24. Beautiful! And I still love your jeans, show them as often as you like.

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  25. I LOVE that blouse - so summery and gorgeous! Must go take a look at your handworked buttonhole post - thank you!

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  26. Oh I love everything about it Sunni - the style, the bow, the colour, the polka dots, the facings! It's absolutely perfect and you look fab in it. Looks great with the cardi too. x

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  27. Love the blouse and your new site design. Thumbs up to both!

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  28. So gorgeous. Love the fabric, colour and that stunning bow. Impressed with your buttonholes too! I'm dreaming of a bright yellow shirt to go with my new sewalong pants. Yes, they are finished, I will post to your flickr group when I can.

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  29. Absolutely Beautiful! I'm usually wearry of blouses with bows--I'm afraid they make me look like my great grandma--but this one is darling and makes me rethink the whole bow thing!

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  30. Madness indeed! It looks lovely! And buttercream? Now I want cake!

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  31. Sunni your blouse is adorable! The colour is fab on you too :)
    Re: the buttonholes could they be done on a machine using a stabliser of some sort (verses hand finishing) too (I've never worked with silk and I am curious!)?

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  32. Thank you! I'm pretty happy with the inside. One of the better insides of something I've done!

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  33. I agree and replaces the need for some accessories. It seems that the bow itself is an accessory, which is nice when you don't have many accessories anyway (my story). The fabric is a dream, really. It's terribly terribly comfy.

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  34. Thank you! When I was younger I used to think that nothing really looked good on me color wise, but I find now that I just wear the colors I love without fuss. For me its more a matter of placement. Some colors don't look great around my face, so put those on my bottom half and a good color on my top and I'm good. I do look extra good in citrusy colors though, especially pea green! It brings out the hair in a really good way!

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  35. Thank you! I think the bow blouse rage was heavily influenced by the 40's but seeing as how 40's patterns are on the expensive side these days, you can get a very similar look with something in the late 70's, early 80's. Love. That. I was lucky enough to have scored this pattern for $1.

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  36. Thank you!! I think that 70's and 80's patterns get a bad rap because we normally only remember the bad things from these eras since they are so fresh. But the late 70's-early 80's takes a big cue from the 40's just with a little bit of a twist. Not only that, but buying a vintage pattern from the 70's or 80's is much more inexpensive than patterns from the 40's (at least the ones you can buy online) and you can find them easier (at least, I think).

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  37. Not a dumb question at all! I don't know that machine buttonholes are better than hand worked ones, its just that they are different. It's sort of like doing a bound buttonhole instead of a machine stitched one. It's the idea of options that's really fun to play with. These are different in that it doesn't use a satin stitch like a machine does and there is this marvelous little purl that forms on the inside lips of the buttonhole. They are truly extraordinary. And done in silk, they have a really beautiful sheen, though I can picture them done in different types of threads as well.

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  38. I should have linked to them, but they are the Bella pants from Burda Style:
    http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/bella
    I remember when they first came out and how I thought they looked so weird. Then my style eye changed and I decided to give them a try. Love them! The high waist is really appealing for me and I have worn them to death! They go with everything it seems! Make some, you won't regret it.

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  39. I too felt the same way, but have only recently gotten over my fear of bows on me. I've loved how they look on others, but I'm that type of person who looks really goofy with things too cutesy. Some people can really pull it off and I'm sooooooo jealous! This turned out just right though. Totally glad I have something with a bow now!

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  40. No, hand worked buttonholes are different altogether. A machine makes a buttonhole by stitching two rows of satin stitches and then tacking them at each end. Then you slice the buttonhole open. With hand worked buttonholes, you actually slice the buttonhole open and then start the hand stitching. In the end, you have a purl (a knot type edge) that forms along the lips - and this is something you definitely can not achieve with the machine. However, its more just another option to add to your arsenal. I'm not saying that hand worked buttonholes are better than machine ones, they are just different, kind of like machine vs. bound buttonholes. I've got a few more ideas and such (and a little correction on the buttonhole stitch) that I'll post about tomorrow for making these.

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  41. Oh my gosh I love this top! It is so cute and happy =). The buttonholes look amazing too, I can't wait to try that.

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  42. Oh wow! That looks awesome! Love the colour too - it really suits you! I've been wanting to make a shirt like that for ages - I even have the fabric for it - but have been too worried that it would be too hard! Maybe I'll give it a go now! xx

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  43. Gosh I just love that blouse! It's so perfect. I want it for myself!

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  44. delightful blouse! it goes really well with the bella jeans and a cardigan. I checked out the buttonhole tutorial - a lot of work it seems, but what a great detail to add to your blouse!

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  45. Such an adorable blouse, it's looks darling on you!

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  46. Thank you so much for taking the photo on the inside of the blouse :) great job, love the color combo

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  47. Oh, I love this! That fabric is so pretty. Funny, I've been thinking that I wanted to try a version of the Pendrell blouse with a bow neck next!

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  48. I love your blouse, but I am besotted by the jeans. Did you make them?

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  49. Love the blouse and your styling of the whole outfit.
    Lovely color palette - beautifully balanced and pleasing.

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  50. I love this blouse! I think I need to bust out some of my mom's old blouse patterns. She has one that is very similar. I hope you don't mind if I copy every thing you make from here out. You are simply too stylish. I love everything you've done!

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  51. Wonderful shirt! If I can ever catch up on all of my other projects, I'd love to make one. I think the sweet bow and v-neck would go perfectly with a jacket I just finished up. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. This is an adorable top! You have done a fantastic job - I'm envious, but in a good way :D

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