Friday, July 31, 2015

Put Moar Cats on It!

A few years ago, putting birds on things was all the rage, thanks to a ridiculous sketch by Portlandia's geniuses. I like birds just fine but am really more into cats, so I did a brief holiday series where I put cats on things instead. The other thing that happened a few years ago was I potato-printed cats onto some scraps of IKEA sheet I had leftover from another project. Well, now that SHB has taken over my sewing room, I need to go through my stash and actually use stuff, like, for reals now. Maybe by the time he's ready to move to a big kid bed, I'll finally have all the boxes of fabric out of his room...hah! Like the stash will ever be used up! Anyway, I finally sewed up the cat fabric into something more useful for work than the original plan of hipster scarves.



Because the lengths of fabric were so long and narrow (about 16"x50"), I didn't have enough to do the entire blouse in one fabric. I chose the more sedate-looking seated cats for the front, and saved the slightly more "frolicky" cats for the back and the bow. Business in front, party in the back, right? The narrow length also meant that I couldn't fit the entire back pattern piece onto the fabric, so I cut it out as two pieces by adding seam allowance back to the center line. I also hate sewing fisheye darts, so I eliminated them and carved out the difference at the center back line since I was putting a seam there anyway. 

The pink line shows my new stitching line. 
I didn't even bother trying to match the print. And now that I look at the picture, I would lower the back neckline a bit.

Another problem with my limited fabric was the inability to make a bias-cut collar/bow. I was originally going to leave it off entirely and just make it a sleeveless faux-Colette-Aster, but it just looked like it was missing something. Remembering this blouse that I loved, but doesn't fit anymore, I took the remaining scraps and made two ties on the length-wise grain and just attached them above the button band. I think I like this version of the pussy bow blouse better because I hate having extra fabric around my neck. This way, I still get the bow but can keep the neckline clean. 



Summary:
Pattern: Simplicity 1779
Fabric: 100% cotton IKEA sheet remnants, printed with Tulip fabric paint cats. Sheets are usually quite stiff but this one is very loosely woven, so it actually drapes quite nicely while still retaining just enough body for a blouse like this.
Notions: Interfacing for the button band, bias tape for the neck and armholes, six 1/2" gray buttons (the pattern calls for 5, but I would've had gaping at the bust with that arrangement)
Hours: About five? This happened over the course of two weeks, so I don't really remember/know anymore. 
Will you make it again? Possibly? This is definitely a good basic work blouse. 
Total cost: This was a remnant of a sheet from the as-is section, and the buttons were a dollar, so I'm guessing maybe $3. 
Final thoughts: Since the blouse is sleeveless, it will fit under cardigans better for work, and the fact that it opens in the front makes it nursing accessible. And let's get serious now, what's not to love about a pussy-bow blouse with self-printed cats? I've often lamented the lack of apparel-appropriate cat fabric, so I guess it's time I took matters into my own hands and made my own! 

Moar cats is always better! 

15 comments:

  1. This is so cool & professional looking at the same time. I had no idea potatoes could do that, it looks amazing!

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    1. Potatoes are amazing! I think you and your kids would definitely enjoy potato stamping!

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  2. So glad I'm not the only one running around in kitty tops! The way you added the bow is clever and cute.

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    1. Thanks! It was definitely a happy accident, and no, you are definitely not the only one in kitty tops!

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  3. I love the front cats and the frolicky cats! Fantastic top too. How lovely to take something that's very seasonal and make it something you can wear (with cats!) all year round to work.

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    1. Thank goodness CA allows for a cardigan over a sleeveless top during winter!

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  4. I just discovered your blog when looking for reviews on patterns. I wanted to express how awesome your blog is, I was laughing while reading the archives and was in awe of the pattern hacks you did. Thanks!!

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    1. Aww, that's so sweet of you! Thanks for reading!

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  5. Love this!! I am definitely more of a cats person too!

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