Added May 18, 2010
This blouse has been on my mind for quite some time. There have been so many lovely versions of the bow blouse posted and I have admired them all. Most recently dtale used the bodice of the JJ and adjusted it to include a bow. Since I had already downloaded this pattern, I thought it was time to make my own bow blouse.
This fabric is taken from a silk kimono that I have had for years. As much as it pained me to take it apart, I couldn’t deny the fact that it had been hanging in my wardrobe for three years untouched. It seemed almost shameful, but with every seam undone I was more resolved to create a blouse to showcase the beautiful craftsmanship of the hand painted poppies.
Alterations to the JJ included an extended collar for the bow, hidden snap closures, and omitting the sleeves and ruffles. I also added a buttonhole at side collar to allow for the tie to pull through creating a side bow rather than one front center.
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