Vintage style bicycle-print blouse

I saw a shirting fabric with a bicycle print at Jo-Ann’s and couldn’t resist:

How cute is this bicycle print?

How cute is this little bike?

I decided it was perfect for a shirt, and since I had already altered dress pattern Butterick 5846 to be a blouse, I used that. I did move the tucks down an inch, because I think they stopped too high, and I also made each tuck a little shallower. (As it turns out, the fabric has some stretch to it, so I probably didn’t need to make the tucks shallower. I really need to start paying closer attention to the information on the bolt ends.)

Here’s the finished blouse:

The fabric didn't seem like it would stand on it's own, so I also bought a coordinating blue for the collar.

The fabric seemed like it needed a little something extra, so I decided to use a contrast fabric for the collar. I forgot to take photos when I finished, so these were taken after the first wash.

And the back:

I do like the yoke on this pattern, but I am over making all those tucks!

I think I am over making the 12 tucks called for in this pattern!

Detail of the collar. The light area is just the sun through the shrubbery in my back yard.

Detail of the collar. The light area on the collar is just the sun peeking through the shrubbery in my back yard.

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I bought the buttons a while ago from a Jo-Ann’s clearance bin at 50 cents a card. They are octagon shaped and faceted. A good match for the bicycle wheels, I thought.

I’ve worn this blouse a couple of times — once with my wide-leg denim pants and once with some navy capris — and I really like it. But I usually wear blouses untucked with pants or capris, and this really flairs out below the tucks. In short, it makes my butt look big. And I don’t even have a butt.

But this blouse will be fab tucked into a navy skirt. I need to get on that, but the sewing project list is long!

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6 thoughts on “Vintage style bicycle-print blouse

  1. Grandma jeannie May 29, 2015 at 9:46 am Reply

    Beautiful.

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  2. Jennifer Elizabeth May 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm Reply

    What a sweet little blouse. This sort of thing makes me wish I had the talent and inclination to sew.

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  3. Esther June 2, 2015 at 6:12 am Reply

    What a gorgeous blouse!!! I love the pattern you used – it’s such a nice, comfortable design, isn’t it? I can’t wait to see the whole ensemble with the navy skirt! 🙂
    Beautiul!!

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