Pussy bow blouse – a hotlips summer special

This one’s a light blog post as I have only a few photos to show you and some key thoughts about the sewing.  This is a sleeveless version of the Pussy Bow Blouse by Sew Over It.  Sleeveless you say?  Yes, it’s an easy conversion from the pattern with its long sleeves to making a version fit for spring/ summer without sleeves.  And the best thing?  Despite the fact that this has a long bow tie, I could get this blouse out of a metre.  More on that later.

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Just because I have less pics and fewer words, this in no way diminishes this make!  It is most certainly a star & super useful whilst fulfilling a gentle nod to secretary chic (but hardly!).  I made it using some kisses fabric from a Fabric Godmother sale (some kind of synthetic slippery fabric but I cannot remember any more than that).  I can’t exactly see Miss Jones wearing such cheeky fabric to the office, but I certainly would (if I was still in a corporate role.  But I’m not!  This is the kind of thing I wear to work now- jeans are in!  But Ultimate trousers get rather a look in too)  I have also worn this top with a denim skirt (my denim Arielle) & it looks very cute tucked in.  It’s great this time of year with a cardigan that can be peeled off as the temperature rises…

pussy bow blouse

So I have made the Pussy Bow blouse before and you can read about it here.  In this blog post I will just talk about what’s different.  And the reason why this pattern, unlike many other pussy bow blouses, is not fabric hungry.  You want to know?  Well many tie neck blouse patterns cut the scarf/ tie on the bias, but the Sew Over It pussy bow blouse cuts it on the straight grain – & proof in the making & wearing that it’s perfect – no bias needed.  Therefore, as you know, you can squeeze the cutting of the tie along one of the edges.

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OK, how to make it sleeveless.  Anything I can help with there?  Firstly, don’t cut the sleeves and cuffs out (hehehehe!).  But I made no adjustments to the bodice.  And I didn’t draft & cut facings for the armholes – I used bias binding.  It’s simple & doesn’t flap around at all.  And without sleeves it is an even quicker sew!

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So that’s it on my hot lips blouse.  Except that being a synthetic it doesn’t need ironing.  Score!  Lazy laundress is happy.  What do you think?  Might you give it a go?

17 thoughts on “Pussy bow blouse – a hotlips summer special

  1. Anne

    I like your whole outfit here very much. I haven’t been attracted to pussy bow blouses but your version could change that.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I am in serious danger of repeating myself, however, I believe the lack of sleeves makes it even easier to blend into an outfit….it’s such a fave blouse – I will have to make more 🙂

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  2. Karen

    Lovely blouse and great for the summer. Love the no ironing! Nice to see little snippets of your new home. Hope you are settling in now K xXx

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  3. Philippa

    This looks fab. I always seem to like your bow blouses on you, even though I haven’t worn one myself for years! Perhaps I should change that.

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  4. PsychicSewerKathleen

    I have that pattern – the Pussy Bow Blouse! They sent me a kit by mistake – I had ordered one of their other patterns (which they have kindly assured me they will send along asap and suggested I keep the kit or pass it along to someone who might like it. Now that I see the blouse made and on you I’m going to get right to it! Beautiful – I love sleeveless blouses in the summer so good to know you didn’t have to make any adjustments to make it work 🙂

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Oh I’m so glad you’re going to give it a go as I really think it is such a useful little top. I almost think it becomes slightly more casual when it is sleeveless and that makes It even easier to wear 🙂

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  5. Nicky B

    What a lovely summery outfit. I always thought a Pussy Bow blouse was a little to fussy for me but your version has made me think again.

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