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Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong Roundup

Thanks for reading (and sewing!) along with me over the last month as I daily professed my love for Bow Neck Blouses. Here I’ve rounded up the bow neck blouses and dresses made as part of the sewalong! Click on any of the photos to be taken to their full post. For those of you that weren’t able to sew along this time, the Flickr group will stay up, so feel free to add to it in the future. And stay tuned, because I had such a blast with this I’ll probably do another one in the future! I kicked off the sew along with my little birdie bow neck blouse in a cotton print using the blouse pattern from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. Ilse stitched this gorgeous and understated bow neck blouse from Collete Patterns Violet. Marianne mashed up Colette Jasmine and Sorbetto patterns to make her …

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1959 Bow Neck Thanksgiving Dress

Well, I’m a day late to my own party with this dress. But I think I have a pretty good reason. You see, I sat down to write this post, showing pictures of my Bow Neck Thanksgiving Dress (for my final contribution to my Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong), on the day after Thanksgiving. I found a quiet corner amidst the chaos of a house very full of family.  And then Adam asked if he and I could get a bit of alone time together, maybe go out for a cup of tea, because I had been in the kitchen cooking for two days straight (one day to bake 5 pies, one day to cook our Thanksgiving meal), and he thought a spot of fresh air away from the chaos would be good for both of us. Apparently, the offer of tea was just a ploy, as he took me to …

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Modern Bow Neck Blouse Inspiration

Bow Neck Blouses span the ages. I’ve shared inspirational images of bow neck blouses and dresses from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. To bring it to the present day, thanks to Maddie of Madalynne for putting together these great modern sources of Bow Neck Blouse inspiration!

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1970’s Bow Neck Blouses

Still looking for some bow neck blouse inspiration? (You better get sewing! The month is running out!) Not sure you want to do the 1930′s, 1940′s, 1950′s, or 1960’s? How about a funky bow from the seventies! I’ve put together an assortment of 1970′s bow neck blouse and dress inspiration, for your viewing pleasure. The best part? All of the pictures link to patterns for sale on Etsy! This early 70’s blouse from German magazine Brigitte has a great pussy bow and 3 buttons up the large cuff. This 70’s dress actually looks quite modern, although the tunic and matching trouser set aren’t going to fool anyone. I dig the Farrah Fawcett hair and the keyhole neckline under that modest bow. This dress is hot. An exaggerated version of the previous dress, it’s a Vogue Paris Original from Pierre Balmain. I love how low the neckline scoops, looking sexy without showing off too much skin …

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Pink Silk Retro Bow Neck Blouse Simplicity 2154

Is this outfit too much? No, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know the answer. I am overcompensating with this outfit. You see, yesterday was not a good day. It poured down rain on my ride into work and the crotch of my rain pants split half way through the ride. So all the water that was puddling in my lap leaked into my crotch. And when I got into work and took off the failed rain pants, it looked like I had peed my pants. Not a good look and certainly not very comfortable. Fortunately, a co-worker had a pair of sweatpants I could borrow (thanks again Alex!). Unfortunately, they were the exact same color as the sweatshirt I was already wearing. So I ended up in a navy sweatsuit. (Oh, and I was wearing an oversize beanie because my hair was due for a wash and I …

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1960’s Bow Neck Blouses

Still looking for some bow neck blouse inspiration? Not sure you want to do the 1930’s, 1940’s, or 1950’s? How about the swingin’ sixties! I’ve put together an assortment of 1960’s bow neck blouse and dress inspiration, for your viewing pleasure. The best part? All of the pictures link to patterns for sale on Etsy! Start off with these giant bows from the early 60’s, bringing some interest to an otherwise generic dress from the period. I know I’m supposed to be talking about bows, but check out those gorgeous frogs! I hadn’t thought about how frogs and bows could be exchanged… Of course that cute, square bow is a great geometry to set off the slit at the neck and flared dress. It’s not often you see a pattern envelope feature all white garments, but it sure does make these great blouses stand out! Three bow neck options, all …

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Lolita Patterns Gunmetal Dress [Giveaway Closed]

I was honored when Lolita patterns asked me to make a version of their new dress, Gunmetal. I thought it would be an interesting challenge because their patterns, as shown on their envelopes, really aren’t my style. I’m not into gothic, I’m not into super-feminine, and I feel silly wearing most ruffles. But, underneath the styling, lies a nice pattern that can be made simply for a great, casual, comfy, everyday dress. I made a lot of changes to the pattern, but they are all simple things that anyone can do. I rounded up to the nearest size (as they recommend) and found that it gave me a good fit through the bust and shoulders but I had to take a LOT in from the waist to make it fit me nicely (my waist is several inches smaller than their block, which was clear from the pattern envelope, so I …

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Dip Dyed Silk Bow Neck Blouse

I did some simple refashions on this one-time-old-lady-blouse to fun, flirty effect! The blouse was given to me by a friend of Adam’s who was helping to clean out an elderly friend’s closet and thought I would like the silk. I will admit to having been given it so long ago that I don’t remember when and can no longer find pictures of it in its fully native state. But, I can describe what I did to make it the fun piece it is today! It really didn’t take much to give this blouse a new life as part of my Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong, and it’s reminded me that I like to do refashions (which I used to do a LOT, but haven’t so much recently). Like I said, the blouse started as very much an old lady blouse. There were shoulder pads. There were some stains on the …

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1950’s Bow Neck Blouses

We continue our search for bow necked inspiration as we peek through the decades for the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of fashions from the 1950′s. All of the images are from Everyday Fashions of the Fifties as pictured in Sears Catalogs.I had to include this fun Kerrybrooke dress from 1950 because of the great combination of gingham and eyelet. Love it! This fun striped dress has a grosgrain trim and bow. It’s a nylon sheer with woven stripes of cotton. I love the way the stripes pleat into the center bust and how the buttons on the pointed cuffs echo the buttons on the front placket. Even better, the “miracle fabric” was laboratory tested. These great “princess look” dresses are “especially flattering to pretty young figures, especially wonderful in bright red.” Made in juniors sizes, the subtle neck bows add a subtle detail. The left dress is from a crisp rayon …

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What Was I Thinkin’ Bow Neck Blouse

While I don’t listen to much country music, this bow necked blouse started as a straight up Dierks Bentley song. As in “What Was I Thinkin’?“. I thought that making a loose lace blouse would be a fun piece to layer, dressing up or down. But this really felt like a hot mess. I hated the shape, I hated the sleeves, I hated the placket in the front, I hated the peter pan collar (although I always think I’m going to like it) and I hated the fact that the bow wouldn’t lie straight! I bought McCalls M6648 because it was on sale. And it had a bow. And I thought it was kind of elegant. I don’t know if my choice of lace was what killed it, or if it’s just not my style. I like the blouse the model is wearing, but a close look at the line …

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1940’s Bow Neck Blouses

We continue our search for bow necked inspiration as we peek through the decades for the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of drawings of fashions from the 1940′s. Thanks to Rochelle of Lucky Lucille for the above collage taken from early 1940’s Sears catalogs. All of the proceeding images are from Everyday Fashions of the Forties as pictured in Sears Catalogs. These Charmode dresses for a gracious lady are from 1941/1942. They are “specially designed…painstakingly styled…carefully proportioned for the poised matron.” While “gracious lady” still seems to be a classy way to say older woman, “matron” sure isn’t a description that one wants to hear these days. Interestingly, other than the old-fashioned lace collars, the dresses aren’t aesthetically that different from many of the other offerings from the same time period. The only real difference seems to be in the age of the model’s face! This lovely dress …

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1930’s Bow Neck Blouses

We continue our search for bow necked inspiration as we peek through the decades for the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of drawings of fashions from the 1930′s. All of the images are from Everyday Fashions of the Thirties as pictured in Sears Catalogs. I’m really intrigued by the construction of the blouse on the right. Not only does it have a bow at the neck, but I love the way the blousy bodice top gathers into a yoke at the bottom (with even more bows at the side!). In these dresses from 1930, you can see the boxiness that we typically associate with the 20’s. If one bow at the neck isn’t enough for you, how about adding a row of bows all the way down the front bodice, like the dress on the right? On an interesting note, these dresses were sold as “semi-made”, meaning that …

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Little Birdie Bow Neck Blouse

My first blouse for the Bow Neck Blouse sewalong (oh yeah, there’ll be more!). A little birdie told me to make this one (groan. bad joke, I know). It’s the bow neck blouse pattern from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. I’ve made it before in black rayon blend with big red roses (the same fabric I used for the shirtwaist dress from the same book). The fabric is a quilting cotton that I bought at Joanns quite a while ago. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, and normally don’t like quilting cottons for garments, but it was just too cute to pass up. I made several small changes to the pattern for this go-around. Since I had previously sewn the pattern in a lighter fabric with drape, I went up a size to account for the quilting cotton. I also changed the shoulder shape …

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Bow Neck Blouse Inspirations from the Scruffy Badger

The delightful Winnie of Scruffy Badger Time is a “connoisseur, not an addict” of Bow Neck Blouses. I’m excited to share her favorite BNB patterns as part of the Bow Neck Blouse sewalong. Though she’s used both vintage and modern patterns, she shows how either can be seamlessly incorporated into a wardrobe in a style that’s all hers. Hopefully she can inspire you to make the Bow Neck Blouse your style as well!  Hello my name is Scruffy Badger and I have an addiction to bow/tie neck blouses & dresses.  Yes it’s true.  There is a certain chemistry between us, or I would like to think there is, at least. When I last did an audit of the number of bow/tie neck dress & blouse patterns I had in my stash, it came to my realisation that I had at least ten!  To say I was a little surprised was an understatement.  It …

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1920’s Bow Neck Blouses

I’m kicking off this November month of the Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong with a selection of drawings of fashions from the 1920’s that have bows at their neck. All of the images are from Everyday Fashions of the Twenties as pictured in Sears Catalogs. I tend to think of 20’s fashion as being to obviously historical for me to be interested in incorporating them into my wardrobe, but as I looked for these pictures I had more and more thoughts about replicating some for myself! These first blouses were from an advertisement for Smocks and Middies, although I don’t know what the difference between a smock and a middie is. Anyone know? These percale and gingham house dresses have small bows tied in contrasting ribbon below large collars. Doesn’t the simple bow nicely set off the doubled lace collar on the dress on the left? I’m actually pretty enamored with …

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Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong

I don’t have enough blouses in my wardrobe. As I’ve been looking around for sources of inspiration, I find I’m drawn over and over to blouses with bows at the neck. Subtle bows that add a little spot of interest to giant floppy bows that take over the blouse, I want them all. To encourage myself to make some new blouses, and to inspire other sewists to join me, I’m hosting a sewalong! I would LOVE it if you would join me! What do you need to do to take part? Sew a blouse or dress with a bow at the neck during the month of November! The details: For the month of November 2013 (that gives you a couple weeks to plan your pattern and get your fabric!) I’ll be hosting a Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong. What does that mean? On my blog, I’ll be sharing inspirational photos of blouses …