Goldilocks Bow Blouse w

I have expressed a couple of times my desire to sew a bow blouse from burdastyle’s Ute sewing pattern. When I bought the Japanese sewing book ‘Les couleurs francaises’ and saw project W (below), I immediately checked out the yardage requirement and was pleased that it only took 2 meters of fabric (Ute required 3 yards!) to create. Hence, I changed my mind.

The blouse used a fabric with scalloped edge and I happened to have a metre of that in my stash. That was not sufficient but after studying the pattern, I realised I could still use the scallop edge fabric if I were to combine it with some matching off white cotton linen and use the latter for the bow collar, the sleeves and the back of the blouse.  That was exactly what I did.

Here’s a close up view of the scallop edge and you can see why this blouse is named goldilocks. This lovely cotton linen fabric from Kokka depicts the story of Goldilocks & the three bears.  I love border print fabrics like this one, which makes the blouse look so unique and fresh.

This blouse was a little more complicated to make than the last but still the diagrams were a dream to work with and I managed to cut the fabric and sew the blouse in a day.  I just realised while posting this blog that the model in the book tied her bow much lower. I will give that look a try when I wear this out next time.

Like the last blouse, this one had quite a lot of ease. Again, I cut a size 11 but this time, I didn’t take  in the side seams as I thought it looked fine and rather tunic like. A very relaxed Japanese design. It’s definitely growing on me 🙂


33 thoughts on “Goldilocks Bow Blouse w

  1. Lovely blouse. I absolutely adore the fabric. You’re making me wish that my sewing skills were good enough to justify buying the book.

  2. Thanks Janine. I actually found this particular book easy because of all the great diagrams. I think if you can sew the burdastyle downloads, you can sew from this. I’ll be trying a project from my second japanese sewing book today, can’t wait 🙂

  3. how did you sew the bow and attached it to the collar? I have Burda magazine but I don’t speak German and I really can’t understand how to sew bow like this? There’s one shorter piece of fabric and one longer (the bow). Should I put that shorter piece under the neckline and longer, that suppose to be the bow, above the neckline and sew it together? Or what?

  4. Hi Aida

    My bow blouse is from a Japanese sewing pattern which had one long piece to fold in and attach to the collar. I do not know which version you have from burda magazine. There is a bow blouse in the October 2010 issue which I have in English so I took a look and there is a longer piece for the bow and the other piece the bias for the neck edge.

    The English instructions says: Stitch centre back seam of collar. Fold collar in half lengthwise, right side facing in. Stitch edges together, leaving about 10cm open at the centre back for turning. Trim seam allowances, trimming corners diagonally. Turn collar right side out and press. Baste opening close. Pin seamed lengthwise edge of collar to back neck edge from outside of garment, matching centre-collar points up and edge of collar lies over seam of neck edge. Edge-stitch collar in place from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.

    Hope that helps.

  5. Hi 🙂
    I just discovered your blog and it’s fantastic! You are making such a great work, and you did already so many, many great pieces. I also bought the Yoshiko Tsukiori book. Here, in France we do not have such a big choice of her books though. Will start my first sewing today, so exited:) Were did you bought the fabric? It’s truly amazing.

    Greatings and hugs, mila

  6. Thanks Mila, we do not have not many choices when it comes to Japanese sewing books here too. I’m so glad to hear that you are sewing your first garment today! Yay! I bought my fabric online from a local seller but they have already closed operations. The last time I saw this fabric on too, you might wanna check it out.

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