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.