26 February 2016

Introducing our Bow Blouse Pattern for Simply Sewing!

Do you subscribe to Simply Sewing magazine? Well you should, because it's fab. I write a column for the mag every other month, plus it includes lots of lovely sewing goodness from our indie pattern friends such as By Hand London, Megan Nielsen and Sew Over It. Aaaand in the latest issue, there's a lovely Tilly and the Buttons bow blouse pattern and sewalong!




This is the kind of chic-n-easy top you can tuck into a pencil skirt for the office or throw over skinny jeans for a weekend lunch. The blouse has a modern boxy bodice with a side split dropped hem. It has a pretty bow neckline, yoke with softly hanging pleats at both front and back, and cropped sleeves. It's constructed with French seams - including to insert the sleeves - so is a great project for confident stitchers. (Don't worry, I explain how to do the French seams in the sewalong!)

We'd suggest a lightweight drapey fabric, such as cotton voile, viscose (rayon), silk or polyester crêpe de chine, habotai or chiffon - we used this gorgeous  aqua luxury crêpe, courtesy of Plush Addict. 



The full size pattern sheets are included in issue 14 of Simply Sewing, which is out now, and the sewalong is spread over over issues 14 and 15. It comes in our regular sizing, from UK 6 - 20. If you're in the UK, you can find the magazine at newsagents, supermarkets or buy it online. Even better, Simply Sewing have a great offer on at the moment for 50% off subscriptions (I know!). Here's where to get Simply Sewing outside the UK.

We plan to release the pattern with a variation or two as part of our own sewing pattern line at some point in the future, possibly next Spring.


In the meantime, if you make the blouse, we'd love to see! Tag us on Instagram or Twitter @tillybuttons and @simplysewingmag #simplysewingmag. Can't wait to see your creations!

8 comments:

  1. I've seen Simply Sewing recently at Joann Fabrics and Barnes & Noble here in the US. Looking forward to this issue!

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    1. That's brilliant, thanks for sharing that tip, Liz!

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  2. A bow tie blouse has been in my list for a while, I like this pattern because it has a low neckline - bow tie blouse patterns usually ties around the neck

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  4. J'adore cette blouse, mais le magasine est introuvable en France... Ou alors je ne l'ai pas trouvé :-). Merci Tilly pour ces beaux modèles

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  5. Hi Tilly. HELP! I've made a boob! I accidentally cut the front bodice out the wrong way round and I don't have enough of the material to do it again. Can I cut it into two from panels and just have a seam down the middle? I'm thinking it will mostly be covered by the bow? :/

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    1. Argh oh dear! Don't worry we've all done this at some point, cutting out fabric when you've got one eye on iplayer :/

      If you add 15mm (5/8in) seam allowance to the 'cut on fold' centre line you could definitely do it this way, the bow will cover most of it, you're right.

      Good luck with it! :)

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