Simple Sew for Love Sewing Magazine - The Pussy Bow Blouse

by - 5/01/2016

My finished Simple Sew Pussy Bow Blouse.

When I saw that this Simple Sew pattern made exclusively for Love Sewing Magazine was going to be given away with their May issue, I knew I'd be buying it! It's not a pattern I think I would usually pick, just because I'm normally lured in by 50s & 60s styles. But when I saw this slinky looking pussy bow dress and blouse pattern, images of Joan Holloway sassing around the office in Mad Men filled my head. And that was it, it was mine!

I decided to make the blouse version out of this gorgeous swallow print cotton poplin. I'm trying to make a few more 'wearable' items for my everyday wardrobe, along with putting a short ban on making smart or overly Summery dresses for now. I thought this blouse would look great with my black skinny jeans or with a figure hugging pencil skirt. It's also very different from anything I already own, so I was excited to make mine and style it up.

Serving 'Air-hostess realness'

The pattern comes with an instruction page, simply and clearly laid out with good illustrations. I found the sewing process and instructions easy to follow. The only thing I had trouble with was attaching the collar/tie. I couldn't make sense of the text and I had to unpick my first attempt. However, once I figured it out (with some consultation from my Mum) I felt stupid for making such a simple step drag out!

Here's a peek at the magazine:

How could you resist this pattern?

I would like to point out, in the instructions on step 4 where you sew the tie to the blouse, it says you can find picture tutorials on the Simple Sew website for this step. However I looked endlessly and could find nothing. So, let me know if you do! They would of really helped me out at the time.

Another step I found tricky was inserting the side zip. But that's totally my issue and a skill I'm trying to improve on! It went better than my first attempt for my Tilly and the Buttons 'Martha' dress. I'm hoping the next time I insert an invisible zip, there'll be no unpicking at all!

I do love the fit of this blouse and I think its a great pattern. However, if I were to make this pattern again, I would lower the neck line as I think it's a little too high for me, along with the bow tied it just makes me feel a little top heavy. I'd also make the tie longer as I found it hard to tie the cotton poplin nicely, even with a drape fabric, the tie still isn't long enough for my liking and I think it would give the blouse a little more versatility.

Overall, I'm very happy with this addition to my little handmade wardrobe. I probably spent about 3 hours on it, including ironing time, tea sipping and sewing tie confusion. If I made it again, I think I could make it under 2 hours. It's the first top I've made and I think I'll get a lot of wear out of it in the future. I'm probably more likely to style it with my black skinny jeans as I don't have an office to sass around in front of Don Draper in. But I'll enjoy it all the same!

I styled the Simple Sew pussy bow blouse with a red Laura Ashley pencil skirt worn with my black & red jive seamed stockings and black 6 strap suspender belt from My Retro Closet.

Did you pick up May's special birthday issue of Love Sewing Magazine? Have you made any Simple Sew patterns?

Thanks for reading, pinups.

P.S. Don't forget to check out my Me Made May 2016 pledge!

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  1. Hi! Love your blouse! It's really pretty! I've not made the new verison of this pattern but I made the earlier version and all load of Simple Sew Patterns!

    1. Thank you! I loved this pattern, can't wait to try more Simple Sew ones! xo

  2. Hello,

    This is the video tutorial from Simple sew patterns for this blouse/dress.