Bowling shirt ::The great British sewing Bee::


Are you familiar with the program “The great British sewing bee”? If not, I encourage you to take a look. I have to say that it motivated me a lot on continuing sewing. The program is smart and educative. In each program there is a history section on fashion, sewing machines, fabrics, … interesting facts that I didn’t know! What I liked the most is that I realised how little time it takes to finish a garment. Full lined jackets in 8 hours, t-shirts in 2 hours, …. If I could sew this fast, I could make a full new wardrobe in a matter of weeks! For me finishing a project takes weeks.

As a present I was given the second book of “The great British sewing bee: sew your own wardrobe”. The book has nice pictures, explanatory graphics and a good command of the fabric.


One of the first projects I tried is the Bowling shirt. The shirt has two front bust darts and two back dobule-point darts. As the shirt is not super fitted to the body, it was really easy to sew the four darts.


I used a blue dotted fabric (polka dots) for the body and contrasting yellow fabric for the neckline and cuff. I like the combination of colours. A nice cheerful colour block shirt.


What I found a bit odd was the number of buttons required. The pattern calls for 9 of them just for the front. I am not really fun to make buttonholes, my machine has a 4-step buttonholes which is fine. However, I find it hart to make totally identical holes. So I decided to use less, I used a total of 6 in the end.



This bowling shirt was a perfect present for one of my aunts that loves blue. I am determined to sew one for me. Hopefully I will show you soon!

Many kisses for my lovely model!

Pattern review:

Bowling Shirt :: The great British sewing bee::

Pieces: 5 (front, back, sleeve, collar and cuff)
Darts: 4 (two front and two back)

Rating (1-5): XXXX
Level: beginners
Sewing time (hours): 2-2.5

In few words: quick and easy to put together, 

Y blouse :: Stylish Dress Book ::


Recently I bought four books on Japanese patterns in English. One of them is the Stylish Dress Book #3, see below. Some of the patterns are really cute and I like the pictures, simple and minimalist.

StylishDressBookAs you can see, the book has already colour tags on pages with patterns I want to make. I will post them in due time. This book has a nice combination of dresses, pants and blouses. Each pattern has an alphabet letter, so it gets quite handy to find the pattern in the pattern sheets.

YBlouse-SDBThe first patter I tried is the Y blouse you see above. This is a crossed blouse with a bow tie to join both pieces. Each sleeve is made out of two ruffled layers. Although I liked how it looks in the picture, I wanted a softer ruffled sleeves. For this reason, I choose a blue chiffon with multi-colour dots.

YBlouse1-SDBI have to confess that the pattern was really easy to assemble. The book contains nice graphics on how to do things but I guess that it is not for beginners. The instructions are on the short side so you need to have an idea on what to do.

I could have finished the blouse in about two hours but my choice of fabric didn’t help to speed up. I am not used to sew with slippery fabrics. To solved it, I used extra amount of pins to secure better the fabric and it worked perfectly well.


One down side of this blouse is that you need to wear a tank top. While wearing it, I realised that the V-neck gets quite low so I am considering to add an extra pin to secure it in place.

By the way, I found an interesting site where you can see how sewers have made the Japanese patterns you want. If you want to see pictures of the Y blouse I made, click here

From this book, I am thinking that my next project should be this G dress, see Which is the pattern that you like most from the Stylish Dress Book #3?