Dotty bow blouse 

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it’s February already! We’re only a week in, but I’ve made my item for February already – I will probably be really busy for the rest of the month with exams looming (again… I’ve only just finished the last lot!) and lots of fun social events happening, the next 6 weeks might not allow too much sewing. Fingers crossed I might manage to squeeze some in amongst everything else!

This blouse is one that has been a while in the works. In August, I met Lucy from Sew Essential at the Sewing Weekender. She very generously offered me some fabric and a pattern to review – so after a look at their website, I chose this gorgeous satin. There are some amazing prints to choose from, so if you’re looking for a special fabric I would definitely recommend it! 

The fabric is a polyester crepe de chine by John Kaldor. The colour is so vivid! The right side has a lovely subtle sheen. I would definitely recommend this for tops and blouses, or even a lovely nightwear set. It would probably would need lining if you wanted to use if for a dress, as it is borderline sheer. I’m not usually a huge fan of polyester, but this is really a cut above! It doesn’t seem to get static and has a lovely soft feel. It is rather shifty so might be tricky for a beginner, but just needs a bit of confidence to tackle it!

I originally planned to make a playsuit out of this fabric, but when it arrived I thought it might be too lightweight for covering my lower half. After a lot of deliberation I decided to make it into a blouse instead! The last 6 months have been rather hectic though so it’s taken a long time to get around to. I decided to use this free weekend to get some sewing done!

Eventually I settled on the Sew Simple Bow Blouse pattern, which I’ve made twice before here and here. It’s a fairly straightforward but satisfying pattern. I didn’t do anything fancy for the construction and just overlocked all the seams after sewing – this lovely fabric frays like nothing else! It only took an afternoon to make, very satisfying!

I do have plans for a playsuit, but I think that will have to wait for later in the year when the weather warms up! 

Thank you to Lucy and Sew Essential for generously giving me the fabric and a pattern. The views here are entirely my own.