Thursday, March 22, 2012

Finished: Tie-Front Top

Pattern: PussyBow Blouse by Pattern Runway

  • lowered bust dart 1" (?!?)
  • shortened and took out gathers in the sleeves
  • omitted the tie
  • pinched out about 3/4" from the shoulder and redistributed the fullness into the dart - the same effect as going down a size and doing an FBA.
  • lengthened the front ends for ties by several inches
  • omitted interfacing
  • increased seam allowance to 5/8" on all sides for french seams
  • created back yoke and pleat as per instructions in my most favorite book ever 

Fabric: cotton voile from Gorgeous Fabrics that I dyed here.

My thoughts? I love this pattern. The instructions were clear. It's super cute and versatile. The fabric, on the other hand, was kind of a nightmare. It's so delicate that I ripped my first collar in half. I'm terrified that Binks is going to shred it, so I won't be wearing it around the house much.

As it gets warmer, this piece is going to be really fun to style. I picture it with white jeans and sandals. Or black shorts with these. Or over a maxi dress?


  1. I love this! It's so flattering and stylish! I like the shaped hem in the back (and the yoke/pleat looks great)! Your dye job turned out great-- it's so vibrant and colorful! Love!

  2. This color is amazing on you! I love the modification for the tie in the front. Such a great idea!

    1. thanks! i have never purchased or worn red in my life, but i think that i like it!

  3. Wow. This is a really fantastic shirt. It looks so well made and fun to wear!

    1. thank-you! honestly, some parts took me forever, but i'm happy with the finishing.

      thanks for stopping by! i love your blog - you've made some great pieces.

  4. Total knockout in red! I love the changes you made, the hem ties and yoke pleat are perfect. Also I've never had dye turn out so saturated, especially reds. Amazing job, Steph!!!

    1. Hey thanks! I've never worn red in my life. Ever. But I think that I like it.

      Yeah, I think that dye is pretty good. We'll see how it holds up, but it is a really even, saturated color. I love it.