Hot! The Optional Cowl-Scarf Blouse

The Facts

Fabric: 1 yard of some cheap silk-esque man-made material from Hancocks
Pattern: Butterick B5562 with sleeve, tie, and neck-line modifications
Year: 2010
Notions: none
Time to complete: about 5 hours (would have taken a lot less time if I did not have some fitting issues)
First worn: Not yet
Wear again?:  Probably; Especially the scarf

Total price: not sure, but definitely less than $5–fabric and pattern were on sale and extremely cheap… :)

I am pretty excited about this top since I was able to draft my own ideas for this pattern and it came out not completely unsuccessful.  I am such a fan of the cowl necklines and cowl scarves so when I heard about the accessory theme this blouse immediately came to mind.  I wanted a blouse that could work with or without a cowl neckline.  Here is the top with the cowl scarf (not quite the best picture, but you get the idea…).

I added a tie in the back in case the fit was a little loose, but I don’t think it was really necessary.  I do like the extra detail though.

The fabric was not the easiest to work with, but it ended up being okay.  You can see the issues that I had with the fit from the following picture of the blouse without the cowl scarf.  (An easy fix for next time hopefully).

I did a French seam for the fabric since it easily frays but it came to be a little smaller than I anticipated.  Also, the pattern was meant to be for knit fabric, but since my fabric was not stretchy, the top is still a little tight around my chest and hips.  But all in all, I think it is still a fairly wearable blouse.  My fitting skills are by no means perfect, but at least they are getting better through experience.

The best part of this blouse is the cowl scarf.  I will most definitely be wearing this again.  And best of all, it was so easy that I could not screw it up even if I wanted to!



Aloha! My name is Jasmine and I am a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian girl who has grown up all over the world: mostly Japan, Hawaii, and Utah. I enjoy fashion, dance, music, film, literature, art, and sports. I am currently living in Utah and starting a new and exciting phase of life.


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  1. こんにちは (Konnichiwa- if that didn’t come out right) Gorgeous fabric and the cowl looks great both with the colour on colour and with the contrast blue.

  2. Great idea to make the accessory and shirt to match!