Written by Caroline, Made by Aimee, Worn by Arna & Emma
The Tie Bow Blouse by The Assembly Line is the perfect sewing pattern when your are looking for a little elegance that can transition from smart casual through to corporate chic, then onto sophisticated evening wear. Timeless options determined by the fabric you choose to sew it in.
We've sewn ours in a light weight silk cotton voile fabric which is slightly transparent - Arna is wearing a cotton voile slip underneath, while Emma (with pink skirt) has a simple merino tank under. A classic shape that you will be able to wear for years to come - with or without the removable tie.
The pattern features bust darts and a standing collar where you can attach a tie with buttons to the back of the collar. The sleeves end with pleats to create a slight puff silhouette and close with button cuffs.
Pattern - Tie Bow Blouse by The Assembly Line
Size - Large.
Emma's bust = 96cm ; Arna's bust = 95cm
Fabric - Silk Cotton Voile - black
Notions - Vintage Glass Buttons
Skill Level - Intermediate
Maker - Aimee
Skills Used -
We wanted to have a little fun with this make and turn this in to a longer tunic style shirt, which could be easily layered over trousers or tucked into a longer skirt and worn with a waist coat, cardigan or jumper.
Aimee lengthened the shirt by 40cm, she did this by lengthening straight down on the line of the shirt and squaring it off, the pattern already had side splits in it, so there was no need to adjust the pattern instructions.
A really neat feature of this pattern is that the tie bow is adjustable. It attaches to the buttons at the back of the neck.
The sleeve has eye-catching inverted pleats at the cuffs. Aimee recommends pinning them and then tacking them down before stitching them up. The pattern has handy arrows which shows the direction of the pleats and makes it easier and more accurate.
Aimee really enjoyed making this shirt, even though it was for the store! The fabric that she paired it with is really special, a light silk cotton voile which we currently have a in range of colours.