The “Cherries, Dots, and Checks – oh, my!” Blouse

When this challenge came along, I was very excited – I adore polka dots.  When I feel less than thrilled with a silhouette or look, just add polka dots, and nine times out of ten, I will gladly jump on board.

So it is embarrassing to admit that this is the only polka dot fabric that I could find in my stash (other than scraps which I cannot bear to throw away).  I may have to do something about that . . .

And why do polka dots rarely come in rayon and silk?  I have come across some adorable looks in polyester at JoAnns recently, but I resisted because I just knew I would hate working with/wearing the fiber.

So I managed to squeeze the blouse pieces out of the leftovers from an apron project that I gave as a Christmas gift back in 2009.

I chose this particular project because I have already made one of these blouses, and I love it!  Hopeful this version will get as much wear as the last!

And if the skirt looks familiar, that is because it is from the Red, White, and Blue Challenge.  Double points for two Sew Weekly projects worn in one outfit!  And I almost forgot that the belt is from my introduction post dress.  Which reminds me, I should pull that one out of the closet . . .


• The Facts

⁃ Fabric:  Quilting Cotton (leftover from an apron)

⁃ Pattern:  Simplicity 4047

⁃ Year:  1950s

⁃ Notions:  Zipper; Seam Binding

⁃ Time to complete:  One weekend

⁃ First worn:  September 14, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Yes!

⁃ Total price:   ~ $3.00  All I purchased was a zipper!



Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. Very cute! Way to go with all those different patterns. You made it work!

  2. I love cherry print! Fabulous blouse, and it looks great with the checks.