Hot! The “Dress to Impress” Blouse

Fabric: white cotton – gifted
Pattern: McCall 9712
Year: 1938
Notions: 2 pkg of 1/2 in buttons, $1.00 each, 1in elastic $2.39
Time to complete: 7 hours
First worn: Jan. 15, 2012
Wear again? If the blouse fits, wear it!
Total price: $3.39

Now, one of my goals for this year with The Sew Weekly was to attempt my buttonhole maker on my machine. Truth be known, I love the buttonhole feature! I want to use it all the time. I cannot believe how afraid I was of it. Silly me.

The reason I chose to do a buttoned down blouse for this challenge was because of how hard it is to find a blouse for small framed, boobless women. Yep, that’s me! I used to stuff my bra just to fill out the darts on the store bought blouses. I got tired of paying money for something I knew I would have to take the time to alter. I did attempt to buy a blouse on ebay from China thinking it would fit. I was wrong. So after tossing out all my poorly altered internet and store bought blouses, I decided it was time to make my own.

The vintage pattern I used I had been saving up for when I dared the buttonhole feature. It was time to fulfill that dare. I really love my new blouse. It fits perfectly. The only hard part was the collar. That took the longest amount of time. I eventually figured it out. It’s not the cleanest looking collar job, but know one else will notice.

I am pretty proud of myself for accomplishing this challenge. I am also pretty happy to have a blouse I will actually wear in my wardrobe. I love that I can wear high waist skirts and pants with it, to give me a curvy appearance. That’s the best part. So, now I can dress to impress and not look sloppy in a blouse anymore.




Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


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  1. I’m right there with you in baggy blouseville, Bethany!! I was too chicken to make them (until this challenge), too. You look wonderful!

  2. Nice work! This looks fantastic on you and is super cute :D

  3. Definitely impressed!

  4. that pattern is fab and you styled it brilliantly to get the look you were going for.

  5. This outfit is hot from top to bottom! You look lovely.

  6. Ha! We have opposite problems with boobs and fit :)
    Your blouse is adorable! it’s so great to make something that fits with your own hands.

  7. that’s a lovely blouse, you look great in it

  8. Adorable. I absolutely love this blouse and it looks great on you! And how practical that you made it in white. I feel guilty buying plain white fabric, almost like I’m not getting my money’s worth? But it’s actually the most versatile! love it!

  9. Three Cheers for what you have accomplished with this blouse – it looks great and I do like the shape of the collar. A simple white shirt that fits well is so handy to have in your wardrobe.

  10. Great top Bethany, I think you’ll get a lot of use from this top, pants, skirts, under dresses etc, very versatile and for only $3.39? She’s indeed a winner.

  11. Stylish blouse and great fit. That’s a job well done. I agree with you on buttons and button-holes, they make an outfit look very expensive and chic!

  12. Love the whole look! Bravo for having blouses that fit – I don’t think I’ll ever buy a blouse again personally. Yay for using your buttonhole feature!