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Draft your own pattern for a pussycat bow shirt

Here’s how to make your own made-to-measure pattern for a pussycat bow blouse like the one I showed you in the previous post.

You need your basic bodice shell with darts, made on your own measures.

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Join shoulder darts with waist darts by rounding angles. Mark notches on all the body lines: arm-to-arm, underarm, bust and waist.

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From the center front line, add 3 cm for the overlap and 4 cm for the shirt placket facing.
Also add 3 cm for the hem on the bottom line and 2 cm for the ease on the sideline for both front and back pattern.

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Draw the neck facing by joining the back and the front pattern (including the Overlap but without the facing for the placket) on the shoulder line. Draw a parallel line at 5cm to the neckline.

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For the pussy bow, measure the total neckline of your pattern (including the overlap but without the facing for the placket) and add 2 * 20 cm or more if you want a larger bow. Draw a band of this length and wide of 10 cm.

For the sleeve, build a basic sleeve pattern and cut it 5 cm below the elbow line.

Here is your finished pattern. Add 1 cm for seam allowances and get ready for cutting.

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What do you think, does this pattern seem feasible to you?

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