Hot! The ‘Yellow Rose of Somewhere Else’ blouse


Western is a bit of an unrelated theme for me. I’m not from the US and so I didn’t grow up with it, but I have seen enough old movies and tv shows to have formed an opinion. However, it’s still not really my style and doesn’t really suit my wardrobe, but having sat out so many weeks this year, I’m not going to pike this week, (although I’m probably going to be late). So consider this to be western from an Australian point of view. A typical western backyard – all colourbond fencing and a pebble footpath. No hills hoist though. The fabric did make me think of the old western movie costumes with their plain colours and subtle floral embellishments.


The Facts
⁃ Fabric: Some vintage cotton – only 87cm wide (very excited when I realised that)
⁃ Pattern: Simplicity 2936
⁃ Year: 2008
⁃ Notions: 5 buttons from stash
⁃ Time to complete: 5 hours
⁃ First worn: for photos (winter has still been hanging on)
⁃ Wear again? After a rethink of the sleeves
⁃ Total price: maybe $10.00

I thought that I would have a fair amount of fabric left from cutting this out as it was such a long piece (from ebay, I think), however I discovered that it was fairly narrow, and as it turns out, fairly see-through. I went for the longer sleeve option but on the whole don’t particularly care for how it looks, but as the rest of the fit feels pretty good, I think I’ll have a go at fixing it to something I like better.

The only adjustments I made was at 1.5inch lengthening at the waist which is something I find I usually have to make. I was previously doing 2 inches but think the half-inch less is a better fit. I just wish doing an FBT was as easy as doing a little lengthening. Oh well.

Roll on Summer, or if Spring can at least show its warmer, more pleasant side, that would be wonderful. I’m tired of living in jeans and heavy jumpers.




Jen Brown just plain-old likes making stuff. If it's usable and wearable when complete, so much the better. A new technique or a chance to see how something worked is where the challenge lies.


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  1. Very sweet. It’s darling fabric. I actually really like how the sleeves look – there is something very elegant about that length.

  2. Jen,, love your blouse..and it does have a western feel to it.Great job.. I know what you mean about the sleeves.. I made this pattern too.. and really liked it, all but the sleeves..I said, I was going to take the sleeves out and redo them..But being busy [laziness] prevented me from it. I wore it , with those sleeves and got lots of compliments.. And finally got to feeling better about the sleeves.ha

    • Hey Judy – you make me feel better about the sleeves already. It’s still too cold to wear it yet, winter hasn’t quite given up its grasp on us, but come a decent warm day and it will get a wearing.

  3. Great to see you back, and with such a sweet blouse. You look ready for that warmer weather already! Hopefully it doesn’t get too warm. We’re having an Indian Summer right now with temps in the 80’s and 90’s. You want warm and we’re craving the frost and fog. I guess that’s just how the world turns. ;)