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Magic Bow Blouse

Added Sep 24, 2012

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






i wanted to make something basic. something normal. something common. a common white blouse.

but on the other hand, i know myself too well, that i can’t bring myself to use something normal/basic. so i wanted it to have a bit of a twist. er… make that a BIG twist.

for this blouse, i combined the blouse pattern no. 103 from Burda Style magazine, May 2012 edition (Finnish version) with the technique from Pattern Magic vol. 1 book called Tying a bow B.

i made it using very thin & sheer linen (or linen blend, not really sure) fabric, but when i was halfway there & put it on my dummy, the bow hung sadly & looking so lifeless. so i thought an interface and lining would do. i put them only on the bow parts, and for the lining i used super thin cotton. for the part below the bottom bow and before the buttons, i ‘patched’ the edges with a bit of bias tape.

these pics were taken right after i finished sewing it, so please ignore the yellow lines on the blouse (they’re from the chalk).

needless to say, the magic tricks worked. now the bows are stiff and have more volume, just as i wanted them to be!

as you can see, the bow can be tied in different ways. i’ve seen 3 so far in the Pattern Magic book, but only managed to tried 2 of them. but that’s the beauty of it, i guess. every time i put the blouse on, i’ll have to explore a new way of tying the bow! yay!

Material Notes

about 1.5m of thin linen/linen blend,
about 0.5m of thin cotton,
10cm of bias tape,
5 buttons.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Other, Romantic
Cotton, Linen


Burda Style Magazine, May 2012, Finnish version
Pattern Magic book, vol. 1 English version

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