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Sew Over It - Pussy Bow Blouse: Hoi An Silk

Sew Over It - Pussy Bow Blouse: Hoi An Silk

Back when I lived in London, I took classes at Sew Over It in Clapham to regain my sewing skills. I ADORED these classes. The instructors were friendly, the classmates ranged from teenagers to older ladies, and cake was always provided. I can't say enough kind things about my experience in the shops.

My love of the classes in London inspired me to buy a plethora of patterns - dresses, trousers, and blouses. You name it - I got it! As mentioned in a previous post I recently visited Hoi An. My one fashion mission while there was to get silk to FINALLY make "The Pussy Bow Blouse" from Sew Over It. 

A handful of my Sew Over It patterns.

A handful of my Sew Over It patterns.

With a lovely royal blue silk secured, I went into constructing this garment with high hopes. Like most patterns it took a few hours over a few days to complete. Overall, I found the instructions a bit confusing. Having grown accustom to Tilly and the Button's thick pattern paper I also loathed cutting and pinning this one due to its traditional thin tissue paper.

Unfortunately the disappointment didn't stop in production. Even though I took measurements a few times to ensure sizing was correct - the garment was much too big. Although I was nervous about tailoring the top, I sucked it up and took in the sides. It looks much better, but it is still far from my favourite me made.

I wish I loved the fit as much as the colour.

I wish I loved the fit as much as the colour.

While the garment photographs nicely off, on I find it frumpy. Even if the oversize proportions were due to imperfect measuring (it is always better to have someone else measure!), the neckline on this blouse is much too high! Perhaps it is my small frame, large chest combo that does not serve this design well.  For now this top will stay at the back of the closet, but I am sure there will be a time when I want to pull it out.

Quick Weekend: Candi Dasa (Bali w/o Tourists)

Quick Weekend: Candi Dasa (Bali w/o Tourists)

Girls Trip: Hoi An

Girls Trip: Hoi An