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Gingham blouse with western appliqué!

Hello fellow sewers!

I just finished sewing up a fun little project that I want to share!

I used Simplicity 1093 to make a simple cotton blouse. I chose “style 3” because I wanted the most basic shape as I planned on adding an appliqué.

simplicity 1093simplicity 1093 style 3

The blouse was a fairly quick project to sew up, mostly because there were only five pieces to work with! The front and back bodice pieces are both cut on fold and the sleeves are part of the bodice, so there are only the two big pieces to worry about. The remaining three are a neck facing and two sleeve facings.

The blouse opens by a tiny side zipper that runs from about the bust down to the hem. I inserted the zipper by hand with a pick stitch, which is a technique I’d been itching to try for a while. There are also two buttons at the neckline which aid in slipping the blouse over your head.

hand sewn zippergingham buttons (close-up)

As you can see, I liked the hand picked look so much that I did all of the topstitching by hand as well!

gingham 3

I paired my new blouse with a red button-front skirt and tooled leather belt.

gingham 1

gingham 5

Now for the appliqué…my favorite part!!

gingham 4

I cut this little design out of felt and attached it to the blouse with a blanket stitch. Next, I embroidered the details (horse’s bridle, mane, etc.) with a variety of  embroidery stitches.

horse appliquéhorse appliqué (close-up)

I’m really happy with this project, it was such a fun one!

Now I leave you with an “out take” in which my dog Herby decided to make an appearance….

that's my "excuse me....tryin' to take photos here" face.
that’s my “excuse me….tryin’ to take photos here” face.



About the author: im a vintage-loving gal living in berkeley, california who runs a traditional, hand-painted sign shop with her talented boyfriend & loves sewing from vintage patterns! www.vintagelovingal.wordpress.com

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Anthea January 19, 2013, 4:27 am

    I love your blouse! Well done!

  • Joni January 19, 2013, 8:15 am

    Oh! This pattern got reprinted in the latest batch of Simplicity releases!
    I wanted it already, now I really, really want it. Great job!

  • Iwona January 19, 2013, 9:17 am

    Hi! Beautiful blouse!!! Very nice handbag… I invite to my blog and session in winter climate:) Kisses:)

  • LadyD January 19, 2013, 1:56 pm

    Looks like a comfy blouse. I do like gingham.
    I note its the blouse pattern simplicity have re-released.

  • EmSewCrazy January 19, 2013, 10:04 pm

    Very cute! What a lovely job!

  • Bessie Miller January 19, 2013, 10:30 pm


  • missmel January 27, 2013, 4:04 am

    Absolutely divine! loving the tan belt and bag! Cute doggie too! 🙂

  • Tina January 27, 2013, 11:16 pm

    I love the blouse and the applique! Nice sewing. I am partial to cowgirl stuff, too! From one Tina to another!

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