Hot! The “Lucky Stars” Blouse

The Facts
Fabric: Embroidered cotton $6 from my NYC trip, white cotton for facings $1?
Pattern: Simplicity 2154
Year: 1960s reissue
Notions: Snap from stash
Time to complete: 6 hours (6 eps of Psych)
First worn: Up-town to the war memorials across from City Hall
Wear again? Probably
Total price: ~$7

When I was in New York in May the new challenges hadn’t yet been posted, so I wasn’t really looking for things that would specifically fulfill them. However, when I happened upon this embroidered awesomeness at the same shop as the “Vegas” sequins, I realized that we would more than likely have a Fourth of July themed challenge. I snapped up a little over a yard.

I thought maybe it would be good for an overlay for a summer dress, but then after the Diamond Jubilee and TV outfits I realized it had to be another one of these blouses. It’s very sheer, (would you call it a cotton gauze?) so I have to wear a cami underneath it. I’ve gone with another lightweight white cotton as the facing for the collar and bow pieces, instead of interfacing or having the stars show through from the back. Those stars are a bear to sew a seam through so that was avoided as much as possible. And I did the back closure correctly this time! No “big head” issues!

By the way, have you ever studied the envelope image? I noticed that in the vintage drawings the points of the bow ends are pointing down toward the stomach, but in the made-up samples they are pointing away, toward the shoulders. The pattern directions have you point them down, and both times I’ve made this top I’ve pointed them down. I just found the discrepancy interesting.

Here’s a close-up of the fabric so you can see it better. I also made the blue skirt in the pics about a year ago. It gets a lot of use as a nice basic.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. I like how delicate and understated the stars are on the fabric. Quite nice!

  2. Hi Liz, great fabric and cool for the hot days we are having in NYC. Hope you had a great 4th celebration.

  3. I’m going to have to look at the envelope image and my version of this now to see which way the angles are…well, done eagle eyes, this is all to do with your attention to detail isn’t it? I love the blouse with that skirt, patriotic but not in your face. Did you consciously make the hanging parts of the bow longer than usual because I like your version much better?

    • Thanks, Tempest! Scrutinizing pattern envelopes is a favorite hobby. Yes, and no about the tails of the bow. In my haste to finish I didn’t mark the stitch lines as recommended, and instead just eye-balled it to what I liked. So I didn’t consciously make them longer, they just came out that way :D

  4. Very pretty. Love the fabric and the entire blouse.

  5. Pretty outfit. I love this blouse pattern.. So pretty on you.