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Dramatic JJ Blouse

Added Mar 22, 2010

by ginasophia

New York, New Yo...






I used the very popular JJ pattern for the first time, and now see why it is. It is a great basic shirt pattern.

I wasn’t very interested in a ruffle blouse until I saw a pic from an old Anthropologie catalog (see last photo) and then I was inspired!

I changed the ruffles by making 8cm wide circular ruffles and then gathering them, also omitted the sleeves and instead used a bias binding. Because these were very large circular ruffles, it would have been hard to baby hem them, so instead I did a very delicate zigzag stitch and trimmed the edges.

I really want to wear this like the model with a high waist before deciding if the ruffles are too much for my liking. Unfortunately I didn’t bring any high waisted bottoms with me to Peru, so I’ll have to wait until I make something new!

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**Update: final photo is with my Scraps to Skirt Kasia

Material Notes

1.5 m cotton



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Garment Type
Classic, Preppy, Romantic

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    Sep 2, 2010, 11.49 PMby simpseamz

    simply gorgeous… will try my hands with this. thanks for the idea

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    Jun 12, 2010, 09.19 PMby marloncosta

    ok…WOW! Your rendition of that blouse came out sooooo much better than the one on the picture of the pattern. Great execution, beautiful choice of fabric (it seems like it is a little stiff, and that makes the ruffles stand away from the body a little, right?). Standing ovation! Bravo!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 01.29 PMby elodie-morin-rager

    it looks fantastic, the ruffles look just perfect, really nice job! Now I want one!!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 06.42 AMby priti

    its simply fantabulous!!

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    Mar 30, 2010, 08.41 AMby katexxxxxx

    Oh, very cute! Nicely done. :)

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    Mar 30, 2010, 05.00 AMby malagala

    this looks so good! you’re a fantastic seamstress!

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    Mar 29, 2010, 11.59 PMby auntchelle

    Total gorgeousness-ness!

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    Mar 29, 2010, 07.11 AMby lilybart

    Love love love!!!!!! I usually don’t like ruffles either… but yours are so over the top that they work so brilliantly! I love that Anthropologie catalogue also and I’ve also had my eye on that exact outfit. You know what, I think that style would also look brilliant as a shirt dress and belted like you have in the top pictures.

    Cannot express my love enough. :)

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    Mar 27, 2010, 02.34 PMby ink

    Holy stunner! This is so gorgeous! You look drop dead gorgeous in that outfit!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 08.46 PMby lyndi

    this is beautiful:) it has inspired me to take a chance at the JJ pattern!!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 12.22 PMby irist

    It looks awesome!!! Great job!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 11.20 AMby carottesauvage

    Yeah!! rock on!!!!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 03.56 AMby davee09

    i like that magazine pic u added in!!! very conservative and edgy!! i like!!!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 03.55 AMby storres56

    Your version is more attractive than the one on Anthropology website. Great job.

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    Mar 25, 2010, 11.00 PMby pixelink

    much more striking with bigger ruffles, you must now be the style queen of Peru with all the wonderful projects we are witnessing!!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 04.58 PMby gtangel

    JUst beautiful…

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    Mar 24, 2010, 10.49 AMby loyl8

    absolutely in love!!! Great job!!!

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    Mar 24, 2010, 01.51 AMby crstylestudio

    Love the drama!! Job will done…

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    Mar 23, 2010, 05.45 PMby txlibrarian

    Love this variation! Thanks for sharing!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 04.48 PMby bre

    i love your ruffles im totally inspired to make that shirt now!!!!!

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      Mar 23, 2010, 11.08 PMby ginasophia

      It is actually really fun to make and quick to sew up! I have 2 more projects in mind for it already!!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 03.36 PMby sunnilj9

    I love the drama here and those ruffles are just to die for. I can’t wait to see the high waisted skirt you make with it. Gorgeous.

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      Mar 23, 2010, 11.01 PMby ginasophia

      I actually just finished the skirt! But I broke my camera in the process of photographing it, hopefully I can find someone here in Peru to service my camera so I can post soon!!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 02.52 PMby Nina Helland Sortland

    Love it! The dramatic look gives it a unique edge. Good job :-)

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    Mar 23, 2010, 09.38 AMby rubyslippers86

    This colour really suits you! Love the bigger ruffles, more dramatic! :-)

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      Mar 23, 2010, 11.08 PMby ginasophia

      Thank you, I was unsure about the color because I am not a pastel kind of girl, but I figured it’d be nice for spring

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    Mar 23, 2010, 09.02 AMby stefanisarah

    Great job. I made this JJ with big flounces in cotton, similar to yours. After washing and drying, the flounce got wrinkled. I’m pretty annoyed with ironing all the flounces. I think big ruffles and flounce are best made with synthetic fabric.

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      Mar 23, 2010, 11.07 PMby ginasophia

      I am actually really nervous about washing this because of the ruffles and (I am so ashamed to say) I forgot to wash this fabric before sewing. I will definitely be handwashing and line drying this to prevent fraying and shrinking.

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      Mar 23, 2010, 11.22 PMby reneebies

      i am afraid to wash everything i make…

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    Mar 23, 2010, 06.58 AMby thesweetesthing1975

    Those ruffles look fab! It looks great!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 06.50 AMby julietta

    I love your version of the JJ blouse! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 05.23 AMby littlewren

    totally fab! I really like how you altered the pattern… very very chic. You can totally pull it off too! awesome!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 01.29 AMby scheryka

    Dramatic it is. And very very lovely. I love love love the ruffles!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 12.48 AMby oscarthegrouch108

    thumbs up!

    i never though to wear it with a belt…..i love it that way!

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      Mar 23, 2010, 11.05 PMby ginasophia

      thanks! My husband scolds me for adding a belt to everything, and I simply reply he knows little about style! :)

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    Mar 23, 2010, 12.15 AMby aceydoubleyou

    I like it with the belt. The large ruffles look great.

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      Mar 23, 2010, 11.03 PMby ginasophia

      Thank you, I am such a belt girl! I’ll add a belt to anything

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