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Silk Blouse

Added May 18, 2010

by rifka

Denver, Colorado...






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.

Material Notes

Vintage Silk




Garment Type


Posh Dotty

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    Sep 16, 2010, 07.05 AMby cristinalanz

    Wow, lovely. Long life to the kimono …

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    Jul 16, 2010, 03.29 PMby anaalves

    Just gorgeous! You are a very talented seamstress .Love the finished product.

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    Jun 2, 2010, 01.11 PMby lybu

    Very pretty. Very original version of JJ. One of my favorites.

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    May 19, 2010, 01.49 PMby asako

    I too have kimono that I don’t know what to do with, but your blouse does inspire me now! Gorgeous!

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    May 19, 2010, 12.38 PMby sandoz18

    The fabric is perfect for this—amazing job!

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    May 19, 2010, 09.15 AMby susisonne

    You did a great job. I like the neat finish with the bias tape – nice detail to use the same color as the flowers.

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    May 19, 2010, 06.46 AMby sabzarap

    I think your kimono would not mind to be taken apart, because it ended up in such a nice blus!!! ;O)

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    May 19, 2010, 05.48 AMby lachouette-1

    That does seem a little crazy to take a pair of scissors to a kimono. But I have to say, that blouse is so beautiful. Now you can wear it all the time. Great job!

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    May 19, 2010, 01.39 AMby michelle ><><><

    sorry i didn’t read, i just like to look at pitures :D!

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    May 19, 2010, 01.07 AMby gedwoods

    Really nice work! It’s so cool to see all these different variations on the JJ!

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    May 19, 2010, 12.39 AMby storres56

    This is such a beautiful blouse. Your modifications were well worth it.

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    May 18, 2010, 09.42 PMby smallone

    wow! beautiful and individual :)

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    May 18, 2010, 09.21 PMby bekaem

    This looks very beautiful, very special! – I definitely also think that you did the right thing with that kimono.

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    May 18, 2010, 08.11 PMby hnolde

    Lovely! and the red binding on the armholes is a cute touch :)

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      May 18, 2010, 10.46 PMby rifka

      Thanks, it’s bias tape. I use it often to finish off sleeveless garments. Loose armhole facing drives me crazy.

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    May 18, 2010, 07.31 PMby michelle ><><><

    love it , where did you get the fabric?

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      May 18, 2010, 10.51 PMby rifka

      It’s from a vintage silk kimono I purchased off of eBay years ago. There is always an assortment of vintage silk kimono fabric to be found. You just need to be creative in how you use it as most come in narrow panels.

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    May 18, 2010, 07.15 PMby tamezdc

    Cute blouse indeed!

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    May 18, 2010, 06.03 PMby sew-fabulous

    I absolutely love this! Gorgeous fabric! Gorgeous top.. Love it!

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    May 18, 2010, 05.51 PMby candyjoyce

    thumbs up, you did that kimono justice!!

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    May 18, 2010, 05.49 PMby carinessentials

    The fabric is just soooo gorgeous! The blouse looks really classy, I like it a lot !!

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