Hot! The “Swiss Dotty” Blouse

Oh this fabric.  It’s lovely this swiss dot batiste.  It’s so soft and lightweight… my machine ate it readily.  My machine found every weakness every flaw.  It crunched at it when every single dot passed underfoot.  Eating every turned-over edge and tearing at the start of each seam. “Nom nom nom,” my machine said over and over.  I fumed a bit, but forged on.

This blouse is an upcycle.  It was originally Burda Slouchy Blouse 4/2010 which was part of my “getting back into sewing” plot from 2010 in which the plot succeeded, but the original project was a fail.  It was just way too loose and boxy.  It flattered me not at all.  So this time, I used a pattern that my Abuelita and I used to make shirts for me when I was a teenager.

It fit even though the size indicated it’s really for a size 31 1/2″ bust.  I kept the horizontal bust darts, but not the vertical darts on the front.  Since this size would usually be too small for me, I counted on the large amount of ease in the pattern (actually, it’s really similar to the Slouchy Blouse!) to see me through.  I wanted this blouse to be a quick cover-up for tank-tops and swimsuits in this crazy summer weather, since lately it’s been alternating between scorch and electrical storms, and it does the job nicely.  Now I just have to learn how to make my machine play nice with batiste and swiss dot.  Be nice Pfaff Hobby!  Be nice!

The Facts
Fabric: Swiss Dot Batiste
Pattern: McCall’s 2094
Year: 1999
Notions: 1 button, 1/4 yd interfacing
Time to complete: 8-10 hours
First worn: today
Wear again? definitely a nice transitional piece between lounge and grocery store.  It’s perfect for it’s intended use despite all the bite marks.
Total price: upcycle – free



Adriprints is an illustrator and designer by trade; a knitter, crocheter, and pseudo-seamstress by craft. You can find her work in typo-phile calendars, online knitting mags, and on random people's business cards, greeting cards, and websites. She currently lives in Munich.


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  1. Oh, sounds like a rough ride wit the machine. I’ve starch sprayed batiste and set the foot tension to light, that seem to help my machine. Also I read online there are footplates available for most machine that have a smaller hole and is suppose to help the lightweight fabric from getting chewed.

    • Krista, that sounds like good advice, and thank you for it. I hadn’t thought to spray starch first, and I have plenty of it on hand for quilting. I’ll do that next time I work with batiste or lightweight cottons. I’ll do some research to see if there are any specialty sewing feet available for my machine, too. This project was a wake-up call if I plan to work with batiste, cotton lawn, or voile in the future!!

  2. Oooh I like that handy advice thanks Krista. Maybe a needle change could help to.

    Great job Adri, looks like you will be getting loads of use as you intended, don’t worry about the bite marks just give the fabric a unique name and say it came off the bolt like that. :)

  3. Nice job! I love the fit and I might just have to get that pattern.

  4. This shirt is so darling. It’s got a really cute retro vibe.