Hi all!

Since I started blogging about a month ago, I got a little too excited about all the sewing fun happening in blogosphere around me. While participating in Project Sewn Season 3 Sewalong, I also linked up to Sew Grateful Week party at My Happy Sewing Place and signed up for Pattern Review “The Fitted Blouse Contest”.

When I came across The Monthly Stitch Collective blog with their monthly themes, it felt like I would be trying to bite more than I can chew by signing up for yet another challenge. However, while gathering my options for the blouse project, I started thinking – why can’t I let Miss Bossy Patterns give me a little nudge? I obviously have more than one pattern to choose from, and having someone else make a decision for me means I won’t have to hesitate any longer. You know, sometimes delegating a task is good for the soul.

Normally I would never imagine myself saying this, but here it goes. πŸ™‚ Please boss me, make the choice for me!


Butterick 5924 150th Anniversary edition close-fitting shirt with collar and shaped hemline. Given my fabric selection, view C would be most likely the one to go with (that is the top left if you can’t see the little letters). I like the bias for the bottom portion and I think I would make the cuffs on bias as well. It will be a nice soft cotton blouse, fitted enough for a put-together look, but comfortable on a hot day.



McCall’s 6750 from their Palmer and Pletsch Fashion That Fits series. My inspiration for this one was a blouse from one of my older (1998) BURDA magazines – dark blue with white polka dot and white contrasting collar (see picture inset). Very classy look! I will go with short cap sleeves, which is not on any pattern envelope views, but it will be easy enough to fix. The rules of the contest require that my blouse has set-in sleeves, but I don’t want the long sleeve version – too much polka dot may look funny on me.



Colette Jasmine! Yay! This won’t be my first indie designer pattern attempt, but hopefully this one will be a better suitable style for my frame (the first one was a very sad story for another time perhaps). I have seen soooo many lovely versions of this blouse that it is hard to decide on just one option. I can think of many different interpretations of this pattern, and bias cut is so flattering! I am leaning towards the one with shorter collar and gathered to a cuff sleeves – a combination of view 1 and 2 on pattern envelope. The pattern doesn’t require any closure, but I might go with a zipper in the side seam or maybe buttons on the back – coral colored buttons to match the collar, oooooh…. Of course, it would be way easier to skip that step, but the rules… yeah, the rules require some type of closure to qualify me for the contest.


So here we are. Wouldn’t you agree that all three choices are super exciting? How can I pick just one?

Please help me choose! And yes, if you have any additional suggestions, please leave me a comment below.

I will close this poll in a week from now, on March 15, 2014, so I can have some time to sew.

Have a great week!




  1. Such a hard call between the McCalls and the Colette pattern but the polka dots really sold me πŸ™‚ Maybe you’ll have time to make the Colette blouse too πŸ˜‰ because those colours are beautiful.

    1. Hi Mel! You see what I mean by not being able to choose?! πŸ™‚ That would be my goal to make all three, but this month it will be very hard to accomplish.
      I wanted to link up to The Monthly Stitch blog so other members can find me, but I am not sure how to get the invite to be able to post there. So I am sort of here doing the poll all by my lonesome. Any advice?

      1. I have put your link on our Facebook page so you should get some votes out of that, we have 111 members on there now – if you use Facebook you can join us, it’s a great place to share your WIP photos, ask for help and discuss anything else sewing related. I have sent you an email with all the information you need to get signed up πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve voted, but it was such a hard choice. The fabrics and patterns are perfect matches for each other. I’d love to see all made up, but I’ve only voted for one πŸ™‚

    1. Than you so much, Nikki. I honestly couldn’t pick, I want to make them all, but time… time is always an issue in my world. I wanted to narrow my focus on one and make the other two if I have a chance. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your vote!

    1. That fabric is beautiful! And the color matches perfectly! I have been sitting on the dotted fabric for a while until I found just the right match. Thank you for your choice!

  3. I think you would look great in Jasmine and I think given your impressive sewing skills that you could make it into something special that could stand out in a contest.
    Ciao, Sasha

  4. Ok, I’m admiring you- I’d be terrified to let the general public pic for me! What if you all took this as an excellent time for that intervention you know I need? What if I was trapped making a solid color skirt or something- oh thew horror. I like that you’ve kept some control. I hope you make all of these, but I’d like to see the Jasmine first!

    1. Butterick would be a nice one to work with. I like a little challenge, and cotton is a pleasure to sew up. All my choices are so close according to the poll at the moment! What if they all get the same number of votes, what will I do then?!?


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