In Search of the Perfect Pussy~Bow

A few weeks before Christmas I realised I could indulge my passion for purchasing beautiful fabric by buying some Liberty (courtesy of my beloved Kat’s Fabrics) in order to make gifts. Of course, the actual purpose of this purchase was to be able to make some special Christmas presents. During October Half Term I made my first Simple Sew Lottie Blouse, using some sheer viscose-type apple print fabric. Both my mum and my mother-in-law had admired it, and as it’s a simple pattern, yet a bit different from a lot of RTW, it was the obvious choice.

In my stash I had some Liberty I’d bought at last year’s Knitting and Stitching Show, so I chose to use that to make a Lottie for me, as a kind of muslin that would remind me of any issues when cutting or stitching. I also wanted to sew it up in the same tana lawn cotton that I would be using for the next two. It came together quickly and easily, although I was slightly foxed by the collar. I’m certain there must be a better/neater way to attach, and am not even sure that I pressed any of them correctly. The only other difference from the pattern is that, because I chose to use fabric that was narrower than 60inches, I cut the strip for the collar and bow as two pieces and stitched them together.

Next I sewed one for my mother-in-law, not really making any adjustments to the pattern or techniques.

Lastly, I added two inches to the length for my mum, as she is the tallest of the three of us, and often buys clothes that are a size bigger than she really needs just to get the length.


Both recipients were very pleased with their blouses, my mum’s seems to fit perfectly but my mother-in-law’s is a little snug, although she’s currently maintaining that it will spur her on to lose that final stone! I did French seam all of them so I’m thinking letting the seams out could help, but I’ll give her a while to work towards her goal. As yet I haven’t worn mine, but I’m pretty happy with how they all turned out, and this may well become another TNT pattern. I’m already envisaging a sleeveless version, which would look great if I could eek it out of the Charlie Harper in my stash…  


8 responses to “In Search of the Perfect Pussy~Bow

  1. I love a blouse with a pussy bow neck, and over the years I’ve made loads. If you look at this post I have detailed my favourite way of attaching them I machine everything, but if you prefer to have no stitching showing, then reverse the attaching and by hand, slip stitch the inside. Your prints are all lovely and my favourite is the one for your mum!

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    • Ooh, thank you so much for all of that, I don’t mind stitching showing but seemed to end up with a raw edge which was annoying as most of the seams were so neat. I was pleased with how my mum’s blouse turned out ☺️

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      • Think of attaching it like a straight waistband, inside first then press the outside edge 1cm under and edge stitch on the outside! Haha! If I sound too much like a teacher then thats because I was, for such a long time, teaching exactly this type of thing, so I can’t help myself!!

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  2. corrineappleby

    These are gorgeous! Love the fabric!

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  3. All lovely! I am always amazed at those who sew gifts.

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  4. They look great and I’m not surprised that your relatives loved their gifts! I made a couple of these a while ago and wrote a mini tutorial on how I went about making up the collar. You can see it here:

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