Vintage Simplicity 7896 – a 70s bow blouse

I’ve been reluctant to try vintage patterns. I own quite a few now, but have had it in my mind that the sizing was different, there’d be pointy bust lines and who knows what else… So I’d held back.

But this one is great and I will be more than happy to open up my vintage pattern collection for real now.

I mean, how good is this?! And the style is pretty current too. I’m pretty happy with how it came out.

The pattern is obviously from the 70s but the fit and style is a classic. Pretty timeless. I made the bow blouse shown in white on the cover. And I’m pretty keen to make the collared version now as well (shown in green on the pattern cover).

This fabric is pretty fluid, and very sheer. It’s a cotton/silk voile purchased in Melbourne when I was there late last year.

A few simple pattern adjustments – the usual FBA and shortening the length as always for me. Other than that, it was great straight out of the pattern. I just didn’t think that would happen with these older patterns.

Plus, nothing went wrong in the process of sewing this up. Which happens occasionally, but not often.

I would change one thing for next time. Rotate the FBA so that there’s no side dart, and it’s taken up in the shoulder gathers instead, as it should be for this pattern. I’m not sure why I didn’t see this straight away, but this style doesn’t need side darts and it’s a mild shame that I put them there.


I would also shorten the ties, which are longer than the blouse when I tie it without looping it into a bow. And I’d like to have the option of a knot, rather than a bow, from time to time.


Overall, though, it’s a simple pattern and I’ll wear this a lot I think. I’ve added it to my TNT list. Great shirt, simple sew, perfect for a soft, drapey or sheer fabric.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Gale Bulkley says:

    Very pretty. Fantastic fabric.


    1. Thank you. I’m loving the fabric too


  2. Janet says:

    This is lovely – the sheer fabric must have been tricky to handle, too.


    1. I’m slowly getting used to sewing with finer fabrics – though I am also learning that they can be fragile finished garments as well. I’ll be handling this one gently, having mended my silk/cotton dressing gown 10+ times over the past few months. So worth it though to wear something so soft and lovely

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