A few years ago I found this beautiful RTW top that you could buy secondhanded. I loved the top but it was too expensive for being secondhanded. So I saved this to my computer for a later make.
A few months later (I sewed for just a few months) I first tried to remake it by using the free plantain top from Deer & Doe. I didn’t have any experience yet so I was stupid enough to make it in a cotton instead of a fabric with stretch I always kept the pattern at the back of my mind.
Last week I found this beautiful stretch fabric for only €1,5 in the thriftstore. Although it had a hole in it, I tried to fit the pattern. I had to shorten the sleeves, but was able to make it out of the fabric! So happy! And just in time for the ‘hack it’ challenge from the monthly stitch. So this time no free pattern friday, but free pattern tuesday for those who follow my blog 😉
Hope you like it!! Because I had lots of questions on facebook how to make it, I added a small tutorial. Hope you like it
!! Keep in mind that I’m a self-taught sewer with no technical background. So I can’t garantee that this is the best solution to make a top like this. But I’m happy with it; and that’s the most important thing !!
LET’S GET STARTED..
- Change the back pattern into something like this:
left= before, right = after
I placed the new pattern on top so you can see the difference..
2) Make the pattern as explained. Don’t forget to alter the neckband because you lengthen the neckband. I took 70% of the total length. It was about 70cm in total then.
3) Make a bow. I used this tutorial on youtube: So basically cut out 2 rectangles: 22cm x 25cm and 5,5 cm x 7,5cm. It was a little bit small so I advice to make it a bit bigger. Fold them length wise, stitch and turn it right side out. Fold it width wise, stitch and turn it right side out. Now fold it like a harmonica and hold still with a pin. Do the same with the small rectancle. Now place it on top of your harmonica. Now you have a bow
4) Measure from the shoulder seam the exact distance downwards (I took 4cm). Place it on the inside. Stitch on the same place where your stitched your neckband
You’re done!! Enjoy your pretty blouse!
// PATTERN: Plantain (added a bow and changed the neckline) – Deer and Doe //
// FABRIC: thrifted, €1,5 //
Are you also planning on making a bow blouse? If you are making one using this tuto, please send me the link! I’m Superduber curious Or comment on my blopost on my blog here
Btw I found out that Tilly from Tilly at the buttons made also a bow blouse but with another bow, another neckline, and another pattern (nettie from Closet case files). But if you want some other advice or inspiration, you can find it here