After receiving my gorgeous “Jeweled Splendor” fabric from my Jewels Collection in poly crepe de chine from Spoonflower, I knew I wanted to make a bow blouse. The fabric was so soft and had a beautiful drape. I had created the bow blouse previously from a retro 1983 Stitch ‘n’ Save McCall’s pattern and I knew it would be a perfect match for the fabric. In the following video, you will be able to see how lovely the fabric is. Follow along with this lovely make and learn some tips for your own sewing projects along the way.
Tips to Remember before you begin
- Because I had tested this pattern out previously, I knew that it was a solid choice and proper fit. Always do a test version or one with fabric that you are not attached to.
- Before I begin any sewing project, I make sure I have tested out a piece of fabric with my sewing machine and my overlock machine to make sure I have them on the right settings. It is also important to choose the right sewing needle and have a new one for each project.
- The pins that are used are important as well. As this is fine fabric, very sharp pins are necessary so as not to snag the delicate poly crepe de chine. (I believe I used an 80/12 needle for this project)
- Try to use a good amount of pins when pinning your pattern to your fabric as delicate fabric shifts a fair amount.
- Have your hands moisturized and your fingers without any dry skin prior to handling the fabric. To keep my hands from drying out, I always use gloves when doing household chores such as washing dishes.
Making your fabric go farther
The pattern required 2.20 meters but I had only ordered 1.8 meters (2 yards), but I knew I could make it work. I ended up shortening the sleeves but adding length to the cuff. In addition, I opened up the fabric to fit the bow on the bias as it called for.
Take a peek at the video below on how to make your fabric go farther when you don’t have quite enough.
Instead of having buttons up the front of the blouse, as the pattern required, I decided to sew the two front bodice pieces together and make the facing for the two front pieces shorter. The blouse has such a wide neckline, it is easy to pull on and off without the use of buttons. I also eliminated the interfacing as it didn’t allow the bow blouse to drape properly.
Choosing a pattern to showcase a pattern was difficult, but I think I managed to make Jeweled Splendor sparkle and shine with the bow blouse.
I would love to hear what you think of this Jeweled Splendor bow blouse, so please share your comments or a post a pin on Pinterest. Thank you!