Hot! “Oops! Did I wear it the wrong way?” blouse | Adey Lim


P9274412 The Facts 

Fabric: 2 yards reversible double gauze from fabric $17.98 
Pattern: 1930s Back Tied blouse pattern 118 from vintage fashion library
Year: c. 1930s
Notions: 2 buttons, fringe trim from stash
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? I think so and tucked in too :)

 Total Cost: ~$17.98

This 1930s back tied blouse pattern has been sitting patiently in my stash for ages and I have been wanting to work on it since I saw Lauren's adorable version. But, I didn't have a fabric which I thought was appropriate for it. Not until I saw this reversible double gauze fabric a couple of months back and thought, "how fun!  I could play around with the reversible print!". One layer of fabric came in a hot pink/ blue and white plaid design while the second layer on the reverse, a pink and white gingham print. I have always coveted such fabrics but they usually cost double of what I paid for so I didn't indulge until I chanced upon this fabulous buy. I used the plaid print for the two front pieces, upper sleeves, back piece and cut on diagonal for the front waist tie piece. The gingham side was used for the front tie facings, front waist facings and 4 pieces of tie waist.

For the tie collar and back of neckline, I inserted remnant red fringe trim between the front pieces and facings, 'left overs' from my very first sew weekly challenge dress and totally adored how it looked.  I paired the blouse with the high waisted scallop skirt I made a few months back.

P9274414I chose to sew version B with the tie sleeves but upon completing the blouse, these horizontal ties added quite a bit of bulk to my not too slender arms. It's rather ironic as those peekaboo sleeves were one of the design details which attracted me to this pattern. After pondering for sometime, I decided to create inverted V shaped ties which were attached to the upper sleeve piece with a button. It is a lot more flattering this way and I got to keep the peekaboo effect.  Nonetheless, I am still undecided if I like those sleeves or if I should just remove the entire tie section which will make the design a lot simpler. What do you think? Leave it or rip it?


But then, I think I made a boo boo. The diagram of version C above must have stuck in my head so much so that I wore the lower part of the blouse out. I am not sure if this is acceptable? All the ladies on the main pattern envelope picture wore it tucked in so I am assuming that should have been the correct manner to wear the blouse. I only realized the boo boo upon getting home after the photo shoot so I tried tucking the bottom of the blouse into my bella pants and thought it does look better, doesn't it?

Oops! What a boo boo :P



Adey Sew Convert

A former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum from Singapore, I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 8-hour sewing class. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since.


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  1. Strictly no boo boos – I think the blouse looks great out on both the skirt and particularly the pants. Great job.

  2. Love the blouse on you.. And what a great idea with the sleeves..cute,cute. Happy sewing.

  3. I’m not seeing any boo boos here, just double the awesome! I think the blouse looks great worn either way – out seems more casual and tucked in a tad dressier.

  4. i like this blouse! you’re clever with the sleeves and i certainly think it’s pretty worn both ways tucked in or out.

  5. I also have wanted to make this top, but have been hesitant about the arm bows. I like your solution! What a great deal on the double gauze fabric, and I just adore the blouse tucked in!

  6. I love this top – I’ve never seen this particular pattrn before. I love the sleeves as depicted in the pattern, as well as your modification. And I would certainly wear the blouse both tucked in or out. Looks great either way.

  7. Keep it, don’t rip it! You’ve come up with a great solution. It’s at least the equal of the original design. And it looks fabulous both ways, in and out!

  8. This blouse is a whole lot of awesome! Really spectacular, you should be so proud :)

  9. Wow it looks great styled with your trousers!

  10. That is an ubercute blouse. I love your solution of the armties; it keeps the intention of the original peekaboo, but in a far more flattering and practical way.

  11. I love this so much! What great detailing on the sleeves!

  12. I like the sleeves and I think it looked fine untucked. Thanks for the idea I have a double gauze that I used and made into a horrible looking easter dress but I could take it apart and make a blouse instead!

  13. Oh this blose is beautiful and the fabric is lovely! I agree with everyone, in or out looks great depending how you are feeling. The altered sleeve cuffs show off the reversible fabric so nicely and makes this blouse really unique in a yummy good way. I would say this blouse is perfect!

  14. Hey, just because they wore that style tucked in 80ish years ago doesn’t mean you have to now. ;) It’s a cute shirt, and I think it looks nice both ways you styled it.

  15. That last photo does look great and it’s nice to see different ways to wear separates, dressier and more casual. I would personally remove the lower part of the sleeves, but not because they look bad. I think they are very distinctive. For myself, I can only handle so much distinction and I think they would draw more curious stares than admiring ones. Or at least that’s what would be going on in my paranoid mind! But you pull them off well and kudos to you for your flexibility and creativity making them work!

  16. BTW, I really do love that neckline and the fabric and fringe are fabulous!

  17. Adey, please do not rip anything. I love everything about this masterpiece, especially your use of the print and the wonderful modifications. The changeup on the sleeve is sheer genius.
    Does the blouse have a closure somewhere? I don’t see buttons or a zipper, how does it go on and off?
    I’m off to look at VPL to see if the pattern is there. Love it!

  18. Looks fab both ways. Love that double gauze fabric.

  19. Oh Adey I love it. Accidental mistakes are great don’t you think? The fabric is gorgeous.

  20. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this on you! The way you did the sleeves is pure genious! And gorgeous color on you, too. :)

  21. GREAT COLOUR FOR YOU! The patterned fabric is so lovely! And I reckon you can wear it multiple ways, it still looks great!

  22. i immediately thought my vote was rip the sleeves! but then your tucked in bella version made me change my mind…. i think go sleeveless only if it mean you’ll wear it more, cause it’s gorgeous on you. and i like it tucked & untucked!
    when i read your post title,i laughed– when my sewing goes wrong, i’ll slap it on reversed, upside down and sideways to see if the wrong way looks better!

  23. Cutest boo boo ever – love the sleeve details and the whole darn thing!!

  24. Thank you so much Jen! It’s great to know I can wear the blouse both ways, phew!

  25. Thank you so much Naomi! Really appreciate the reassuring words:) Now I know the blouse is ok either way.

  26. Thanks so much Fiona, so glad those sleeves worked out!

  27. Thanks so much Crystal! Am glad the blouse worked both ways after reading all these comments:)

  28. Thank you Quinn! After reading all the comments, think I’ll keep those sleeves afterall:)

  29. Thank you so much for the sweet comment Juliet! Appreciate it!

  30. Thanks Anna, I like it with the pair of jeans too :)

  31. Thank you so much Rosesred!

  32. Thanks Marie, am thrilled you like the blouse!

  33. Thanks Jessie! I think double gauze are perfect for blouses! Have fun with your refashion:)

  34. Aw Cathe! You certainly made my day, thank you so much!

  35. Thanks Becky, thanks so much for the advice, you are right I’ll remember those words of wisdom :)

  36. Thank you Erin, I am so glad they worked out and the neckline/ fringe trim are my fave part of the blouse too!

  37. Thanks so much Katrina! The sleeves shall stay, yay!
    The blouse does not come with buttons or zipper for closure. It’s a slip on and tie at the waist:)

  38. Thanks Kazz. Sure made me panic for a while kekeke

  39. Thank you so much Lauren and for being the inspiration behind my version too:)

  40. Thanks Oona:) That’s such an interesting way to look at it. I’m gonna try the upside down, reversed and sideways Oona-methodology the next time something goes wrong with my project :P