Hot! The ‘Good To Be Back’ Blouse

The Facts

Fabric  Red and white striped cotton? donated from my Grandmother’s stash
Pattern Liz #7936 blouse downloaded from
Year 2010?
Notions Interfacing, pearl buttons (ebay, part of a big bag of assorted buttons), thread
Time to complete a couple of hours
First worn for photos, but I kept it on all day and have worn it since
Wear again? Definitely, in fact I’ve just started another
Total price Pattern – $3, fabric free, buttons a couple of pence.

I can’t believe I’ve been away so long! Many apologies for my absence.  Work, a minor health scare then a holiday overseas to recuperate all meant that sewing had to be put on the backburner, and when I got back to my machine I just couldn’t motivate myself.  Which was stupid really, because when I finally forced myself to just sit down and get on with it it was like riding a bike. No problems, and I feel so much better for it. I can’t believe I let it slide for so long!

I decided to go with something simple (in theory, anyway) and functional.  It was easier to convince myself to take the time to make something I knew I would get a lot of use out of.

This pattern is labelled ‘novice’, and most of the construction was simple.  I completely ignored the fact that you are supposed to make some attempt to line up stripes, it was never going to happen with these princess seams. If all else failed I could treat this attempt as a wearable muslin.  I was good and included the interfacing, which I have tried to ignore in the past.  I also added extra buttons to avoid gaping – in my line of work the last thing you want to do is flash your cleavage.  I did struggle with the collar.  I just couldn’t get it to look the same on both sides, and ended up hacking bits of here and there.  It is still slightly lopsided and looks nothing like the picture on the website but I think I just about managed to get away with it.

Anyway, it’s good to be back.  Here’s to  catching up with all of you and completing as many future challenges as work and the toddler will allow.





Taracat is a beginning seamstress, scientist, teacher, mother, gin drinker, almost author, drama queen and a bit of a stroppy 'mare. She discovered The Sew Weekly in February 2011 while using the internet to teach herself to sew. She's getting there.


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  1. Looks really cute!

  2. Wow, look how well you matched those stripes at the sides! Nice job! It’s perfect.

  3. It looks great and I’d wear that all the time!

  4. Adorable! I love the stripes on you. Welcome back!

  5. Yeah, welcome back, I really like how you put extra buttons on the front.

  6. Lovely shaped blouse. It’s very flattering on you. Welcome back!

  7. Your top looks great. Even better that you enjoy wearing it. Look at all those buttonholes. I’m impressed! Thanks for your fun post. Welcome back, looking forward to future posts.

  8. Welcome back! The blouse looks great; especially the fit.