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Finished: Tie-Front Top

March 30, 2012

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 everĀ 

Fabric: cotton voile from Gorgeous Fabrics that I dyed with Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes (approx. 2 oz. of jungle red, 1 and a 1/2 tbsp of lemon yellow and 1/2 tbsp of fuchsia red)

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?

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