Navy Feather Print Oakridge Bow Blouse

You guys – it’s a bow blouse! I love bow blouses. When Tasia showed me the drawings for this new pattern back when it was in development, I was thrilled that we would be adding a bow blouse to the Sewaholic arsenal.

Navy Feathers Oakridge 6So if you haven’t guessed, this is our new Oakridge Blouse. I made this blouse during our testing phase – we shortened the sleeves for the final version, so that’s why they look a little bit long here!

Navy Feathers Oakridge 7After testing the Granville shirt (see my first ever version here), there were a few fit changes I had in mind for my next version. Since the Oakridge and Granville are a similar fit, I decided to try those same adjustments with the Oakridge. So here is what I did:

  • 3/4″ FBA (full bust adjustment)
  • Graded from a size 14 bust to size 16 hips
  • Smoothed out the curve of the side seams (for a more relaxed silhouette)

Navy Feathers Oakridge 3The result is darn close to perfect! It’s roomy, which is exactly the fit I like in a blouse like this and perfect for a drapey fabric like the one I selected. (A feather print polyester crepe from my shop.)

Navy Feathers Oakridge 1Sometimes I play dress up for blog photos, and put on an outfit that I wouldn’t exactly wear “as is” in the real world. In this case though, I would wear this, exactly as it is! I actually love this outfit. It may be a bit understated (boring), but my style is a bit boring, and I’m okay with that!

Navy Feathers Oakridge 2Navy Feathers Oakridge 10I can’t think of much more to say except that I love this blouse and I’d like to many, many more! Are you guys as into bow blouses as I am?

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25 Responses to Navy Feather Print Oakridge Bow Blouse

  1. Andie L January 28, 2015 at 6:15 am #

    Oh, this is gorgeous! Are those pearl snaps or buttons?

    • Caroline Amanda January 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      They’re plastic buttons, they kind of look like a cross between pearl and glass buttons.

  2. Lauren McGill January 28, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    Great blouse, Caroline! I really love the fabric you choose and your outfit isn’t boring at all. (I have pretty much the identical boots- they make any outfit seem cool. lol) Great to know the fit changes you made- hadn’t thought of smoothing out the curve for a more relaxed fit. I’ll file that idea way for next time.

  3. lisa g January 28, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    Beautiful! The fabric you used is just perfect. I do love bow neck blouses, I just don’t like wearing them for some reason… But if I ever change my mind I’d definitely turn to this pattern!

  4. Catherine January 28, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    Omg, Caroline, your bow blouse is simply gorgeous. I absolutely adore bow blouses. They are universally feminine and the bow serves as a shield for any potential gaping between the buttons for more busty women. Love the fabric choice.

    I’d love to make mine in short sleeves so I can wear them under sweaters and cardigans for work! Thanks Tasia & team for this beautiful pattern. Will there be a tutorial for plackets & attaching the bow? Cheers

    • Caroline Amanda January 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

      Thanks Catherine! That’s a great point about the bow hiding any potential gaping. Come to think of it, I don’t think we have many Oakridge tutorials planned at the moment. We’ve been focused on the technical shirtmaking posts for the Granville! I’m thinking I should plan some Oakridge related posts… Thanks for the ideas!

  5. Frances Wentworth January 28, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    I love bow blouses. I haven’t made one yet, but it’s on my to-sew list. And I definitely don’t think it’s boring. It’s a good basic piece and we all need those in our wardrobe. Love those buttons!

  6. Sassy T January 28, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Caroline, Caroline just like you, I like a blouse with a bow,
    Pretty in chiffon, cotton or voile
    They are on my list to sew
    Known as Pussy Bow, back in the day
    They have that vintage flair
    One of my many, many sewlutions is to sew one this year.

    Looks fabulous Caroline.

  7. willemijn January 28, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Hi Caroline, Love your bowblouse, it suits you so well! Can you maybe show how you curved out the curve of the sideseam because i have a similar bodytype and think that both blouses would be to small for me around my lowerbody if i dont alter the pattern (no pear shape).
    Thank you!


    • Caroline Amanda January 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

      Yes for sure! I’m planning a post where I’ll show what adjustments I did. Coming soon!

  8. Heather January 28, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    I love this outfit and it looks like you nailed the fit too! The fabric looks perfect and I love the drapey silhouette it creates!

  9. Christa January 28, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    I like sewing how you would really wear garments, not just dressed up for the blog. I’m working on a Granville right now. Bow blouses don’t work for me (being a kindergarten teacher). Yours looks very comfortable.

  10. Ryann January 28, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    So lovely!! Thanks for detailing the changes you made – gives me a good idea for FBA starting point for the Granville!!

  11. Amelie January 28, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    This blouse looks gorgeous on you!
    I think bow blouses are cute, but for some reasons I can’t handle something hanging from my blouse. But I’m waiting for the Granvile to get available in german onlineshops, so I can start making a fitted shirt.

  12. Lizzy January 28, 2015 at 10:30 am #


  13. Sophie-Lee January 28, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    Yep, I’m also crazy about bow blouses – I own about 4 but none of them really fit properly until I made my Oakridge, so I’m bloody pleased about that!

    Yours looks awesome Caroline – love the fabric (sometimes I wish I could sew and wear polyester) with that drape. I need to get onto making myself a rayon or silk one!

  14. Tiffany January 28, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Pretty! I’ve been eyeing that fabric in your shop for awhile. I love how drapy it looks.

  15. hassan Boulif January 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    nice works

  16. Anne January 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    It looks lovely! Thanks Caroline for showing us what the blouse looks like on a pretty woman with a curvier body. A slim model showing the blouse does not tell me whether a design would suit me, but your pictures do.

  17. Estelle January 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Not boring, CLASSIC and CLASSY!

    • Kay January 29, 2015 at 6:14 am #

      That’s what first came to mind! Classy!!! It looks great on you!

  18. Heather January 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    What a beautiful blouse, Caroline! It was great to see if on you (very flattering) because I just bought that fabric from your shop for precisely that blouse pattern! It turned out great!

  19. Kelly January 29, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    You may think boring, but your style comes across as elegant! Very pretty blouse, I love the look after modifications.

  20. Jane January 29, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    This is a gorgeous iteration of the blouse pattern! And I like the way it’s styled – that’s an outfit I’d wear too, which helps me get a sense of whether or not the pattern would fit into my wardrobe.


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