I made the bow neck blouse from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. I was frustrated and disappointed by the time I finished the blouse. But now that I’ve worn it a couple of times, I wish I could take back those emotions, because I disagree now. I really like the blouse! The fabric is a cotton-rayon blend (I’m guessing) and a gift from a friend.
For being such a simple blouse, it took me quite a while to sew, mostly because of the bound buttonholes. I also had to futz with the neckline quite a bit to keep it from choking me. In all, I lowered the front of the neckline by about an inch and changed the shoulder seam a bit. This left the gap in the neckband in the back larger than I might have liked, but wearable.
The buttonholes are bound. They turned out okay, but not perfect. I had problems with them ripping out as I turned the facing right-side-in. I’ll admit to not seeking perfection with this blouse because I was convinced I wouldn’t actually wear it by the time I got it done. Fortunately, I’ve proved myself wrong and I did a nice enough job that I’m not embarrassed.
I do like how the bow looks over a cardigan and that I can wear it untucked, shown here with my high-waist jeans. In future blouses, I’ll add one more button on the bottom so that it is easier to wear untucked as the bottom-most button is high enough that the blouse pulls open at the bottom.
My favorite design detail is the little gap at center front between neckband and blouse front so that the bow ties around it and easily sits flat. A wonky bow really drives me nuts, and this is a great solution!