The owl blouse

The pattern:

The pattern is from BWOF 6/2008. The blouse is explained in a step by step technical drawings tutorial in the magazine itself.
A pretty unusual blouse pattern - the sleeves are actually a extension of the yoke. It has a double placket - my first time making one and it was surprisingly easy. The good thing about those is that you don't have to bother about finding the right buttons, since one doesn't see them. I like the solution, since I sometimes have blouses that I think will look better without buttons.
I made two changes - a shorter belt and I gathered the sides using pieces of elastic after I sewed them instead of gathering and sewing together.
The Fabric:

It is a 100% swiss cotton. Remember when I bought it?

The Time Investment:
I needed like 30 min tracing, 30 min cutting the fabric. Then it was around 6 hours sewing on two separate days. Very straight foward project.

The Blouse:


I used different technique to attach the collar stand to the bodice. It paid off looking a lot cleaner than the one I used till now - the one that BWOF is picturing in their step by step tutorial too.
You can look up the new technique there -Part 1 and Part2 on the Behind The Seams blog.


Anonymous said...

I love this on you!! I've seen so many fabulous versions of this top and keep thinking each time that I should make it!! So little time!

BCN - UNIQUE designer patterns said...

Geri .- pretty, really. cool and very modern. enjoy yourself.

Best wishes, Paco

Emmanuance said...

This fabric is absolutely gorgeous!

Mon Café Couture said...

Gery, it's funny I picked this pattern earlier too for a blouse. But did not cut yet. Your's so nice!

Tany said...

That's a gorgeous looking blouse and I'm putting it on my spring sewing list! Well done!

Anonymous said...

I have tried to find this pattern everywhere and I can't! It's beautiful and I really want to make it.

Anonymous said...

i have this fabric too! i always remembered you'd made something from it too. i made something for my daughter from it, and now i see you have a daughter also. congratulations!