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 drawing shows that the sleeves are set into giant armholes oddly set into the bodice. I’m definitely not going to use this pattern again, so if anyone wants it, I’ll mail it off to the first person that speaks up.
I did have fun underlining the button band, collar and yoke. I used the last bits of the silky cream fabric that I used for my Mad Men Joan Dress. I do really like the way the pink lace pops not he white underlining, so that’s something to keep in mind the next time I attempt lace.
The bow is attached to the neck with a little loop sewed onto the button placket. Except for the loop length used in the pattern is too long so it leaves the bow flopping down on the chest instead of staying tucked nicely next to the collar.
So, I chopped and chopped and sewed it together, and I think I’ve come up with something that I liked. I removed the front button facing and instead sewed it up into a french seam. I removed the vast majority of the sleeves and raised the armhole to almost normal levels. I twisted up one side of the collar to make it asymmetrical and tacked on a little bow (made from the cut off button placket) onto the other side of the collar.
The blouse is still imperfect. I’m not enamored with the visible seam down the front. And, removing the volume from the front brings the side seams too far forward. The sleeves are a little bat-wing, but not enough to look like it’s on purpose. But, I think I like it enough to wear it. It’s fun with jeans. And I got some compliments. So I’ll put it into wardrobe rotation and see what happens.
I do like the underlined yoke and collar from the back, so at least that’s something! I like my little birdie bow neck blouse that I made for the BNBsewalong much better so far, but there are definitely more to come!