Sew Not Over It! Pussy Bow Blouse and Ultimate Trousers

It has to be said that I have taken a long time to photograph my last pair of Ultimate trousers, despite them being more successful fit-wise than the previous pair.  The fabric was given to me by the resourceful Claire (Sew Incidentally ) many moons back at a Birmingham meet up.  It’s gorgeous quality, a suiting in what I call a mole colour & it is sleek to the touch and has some stretch to it as well.  Not my usual colour, but I just love browns with turquoise.  Another winning combo, but then anything with turquoise goes as far as I’m concerned.

Pussy Bow Blouse

Let’s just check out those Ultimate trousers shall we before we move swiftly on … they caused me no trouble sewing them up, & were a whizz bang pair of Ultimates.  Do they look summery to you?  I was wearing them last week – OK with turquoise shoes – & was told that I looked very summery – in November!

Ultimate trousers

OK that’s enough.  They’re useful, comfy & I love them….let’s get onto the turquoise.  And hey, this is not just any ol’ turquoise.  This is a dream of a fabric, with polka dots and shiny silkiness, from Sew Over It’s Islington‘s remnants bin.  It’s a polyester and feels like a light crepe de chine, but what do I know?  It could be similar to this, but don’t take my word for it.

Just because it was a remnant, doesn’t mean that it was junk, it was a quality 2 metre piece & had my name all over it.  When I visited Sew Over It’s parma violet painted shop, I have to say I reverted to “child in sweet shop”, such was the temptation.  I confess to spending more than I should, but it felt like Monopoly money, & I lost any sense of self control, snapping up the Pussy Bow blouse pattern too (& some fabric for my 1940s tea dress & another jersey remnant too.  Shhh.  Don’t make me feel any more guilty!).

Pussy Bow blouse

Now if you’ve read previous posts you know I have a thing for the Pussy Bow, & had just been inspired by how a Pussy bow blouse, made of the right fabric, can be dressed down with jeans & is not necessarily strictly for the office.  Karen & I got to fondle one of Lisa’s blouses that she had made up as a sample, out of navy georgette or chiffon.

Pussy bow blouse

It was upon spying the details – the rouleaux fastened slimline cuffs for example that we swooned a little, then both caved.

Pussy Bow Blouse

So this fabric and pattern were burning a hole in my consciousness.  If I didn’t make it up soon, I was in danger of becoming an unrequited obsessive, even though it so did not feature in my current sewing plan (which is quite heavily gift oriented at the moment).  So selfish urges were satisfied & I just got on with it.  It’s designed with plenty of ease, & I cut out the 8- according to my bust measurement & went for version 2, the v neck version.  This turned out just fine, fit-wise.

Pussy bow blouse

It must have taken a few hours to make, so my selfish streak did not last too long.  There are no fastenings, you just pop this pop over your head, so that makes the bodice come together nice & quickly.  Before you know it, you are attaching the tie neck.  The pattern instructions were very clear about how to do this if you haven’t done it before.  The fabric being silky (but with a slight crepey feel to it) did not cause me any issues sewing, (I always use a walking foot though) & I took my time sewing the neck facing & cuffs down by hand.  I could have sewn French Seams throughout, but  after having recently made a gent’s shirt & French seamed it to then make faux lapped seams I just couldn’t be bothered.  Lisa’s sample had been overlocked so that convinced me & I do not regret it- my overlocker gives such a nice finish anyway.  There are times when a French Seam feels the right thing to do, & times when you just lose the halo.

Ultimate trousers

Little discussion on this blog post about the Ultimate Trousers, but I am pleased with them

What else do you need to know?  The sleeves have gathers at the cuffs at the top (so cute) & also to ease them into the arm hole – but they are not overly pouffy at the sleeve head – the kind of sleeves I like.

*Something I have added since writing – check out the Pussy Bow blouse Sewalong over at SewOverIt’s blog here.*

Pussy bow blouse

This blouse has been down to London town and worn with jeans to see Morrissey.  Of course I had noodles & managed to splatter soy sauce amongst its polka dots.  But I LOVE it.  I did not feel “Dog Toby” as Jane would say.  It was a wise purchase, one of those investment buys that feels naughty at the time, but that pays dividends in being a firm wardrobe favorite.   And I can see some future blouses in solids using this pattern.

Pussy Bow blouse

I think this could be something I try harder at next year – making investment buys to sew *just right* garments.  And making sure I sew them, & don’t leave them shrouded in tissue paper in my “special” drawer.  What do you think?  More investment pieces?  Maybe that’s how you sew already?  If so, do you have a mantra that could help me shift my fabric buying & sewing behaviour??  I’m interested to know what works for you?!  It’s time for a change!

8 thoughts on “Sew Not Over It! Pussy Bow Blouse and Ultimate Trousers

  1. sew little time

    I love the fabric – that’s such a great colour on you and you do suit a pussy bow!

    This year I have tried to buy better fabrics rather than the cheap as chips ones that I bought as a beginner when I was never sure if i’d end up with a wearable garment! I justify it based on the time that is put into the garment. I spent a long time on my Anise jacket but the fabric has held up badly with lots of pulls in it. I just made a coat and bought better fabric which will hopefully hold up better! Cheap knits I have bought have pilled horribly very quickly.

    I do try and source my better fabrics on sale and can always justify a bargain purchase!

    My last tip is to make sure I am sewing up all these gorgeous fabrics I have stashed instead of getting distracted by the shiny and new! So I am on a bit of a fabric buying diet until I have sewn up some of the pretties I have waiting!

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  2. sew little time

    Oh and two more things – I am trying to develop a stash of tnt patterns that i like and have already got fitted pretty well. It saves on boring tracing/altering/toiling time and means that if I am sewing another version of something already in my wardrobe I know it works for me and my lifestyle.

    I also found wardrobe architect useful for making me think about what colours and prints I like to wear so that I end up with things that work together well. And make better fabric buying choices!

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Joanne, thank you for your tips. I can see the sense in it. OK, so I will try to buy less, buy better. And I am always eagle eyed for a sale, so that part of fabric shopping will not need to change! I need some courage to sew the special fabrics, don’t I, and I do REALLY like your tip about your TNT patterns- that is something that I am starting to develop, but I do love comparing different sewing experiences that different types of the same pattern bring. This is something I will have to manage I think.

      Maybe I should try wardrobe architect too. I think it would be a good time to do it as my work/home work balance is changing and I am finding I am wearing different clothes now. GREAT motivation thank you – I do like starting new adventures, & this sounds like one!!

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  3. Lynn

    So many people have recently written on their blogs about sewing clothes they don’t get worn or at the end of the day do not become part of their day to day wardrobe. I am not sure of the exact solution for them but I do know what works for me. I pay attention to what actually gets worn and make more like them! Not the same patterns or the same fabrics but similar styles and fabrics. I think it is easy as a sewist to be lured down the primrose path by other people beautiful clothes and buy patterns that do not suit us.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Oh Lynn, I know about the primrose path for sure. This summer I allowed myself to succumb, sewing quite a few dresses, completely aware what I was doing! I think it is a useful exercise to take stock of what you wear & why. I will try to do it more consciously – maybe keep a diary for a bit….thank you

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