True Bias Roscoe Blouse

Just not my thing… but posted for several notes on the construction.

I was so hoping for a cute boho top. And maybe for some this fits the bill. It does nothing for me, even though I sized way down to a size 6.

Not wanting to leave you with nothing, particularly if you want to sew this or a similar tied neckline top:

  • I did not sew the ties and neckline binding separately. I.e., I did not sew ties and insert them at the front neckline edge. What a kerflunky mess. I sewed one piece of 2″ x 53″ bias binding for a continuous neckline binding and ties, being careful to mark the placement of the neckline notches. It’s a nice clean finish from the inside and the outside.
  • I also constructed the front with a 1″ seam allowance, not on the fold as in the pattern. Then I folded the seam allowance and topstitched it, top to hem. The result is a nice view when the blouse is open at the neckline. The facing on the pattern is not nearly wide enough to facilitate a neat aspect with the blouse open.
  • And to decrease the angst of gathering the cuff into its binding, I gathered the sleeve into the binding before sewing the sleeve/side seam. The directions have you finish the sleeve seam and then wrestle the voluminous sleeve into a cuff. umm…no

And that’s that. I sometimes wonder why pattern designers make the simple things, duh, so hard, particularly for beginner/advanced beginner sewists. Anyway, not to be repeated. I am interested in challis-friendly loose blouses for summer, but this does not work for me. Ideas for alternatives?

Ciao! Coco

13 thoughts on “True Bias Roscoe Blouse

  1. Sorry, this did not work out for you. Thanks for sharing the pitfalls of this top. As others have suggested Love Notions Rhapsody blouse may be a better alternative. I have the pattern but not tried it.

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  2. I enjoy reading your blog! If you are looking for boho smock-like peasant-ish patterns, you might try looking for Cynthia Rowley patterns on ebay or etsy — she has done lots of variations, mostly for Simplicity but also some for Butterick.

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  3. I have this pattern as my next project and I had such high hopes. And after reading the instructions, I had the same issues with the construction choices. I am so glad I saw your post before I cut it out! I am of the opinion that “Pattern Testers” just sew the pattern, never mention the hours of swearing and fiddling, only comment on typos, and gush about how beautiful it turned out. Selling out for the price of a pattern. How else can you account for all the less-then-OK patterns out there?! For pattern pieces that don’t line up, that are too large (don’t get me started on my latest cuffed shirt pattern! How hard is it to draft the correct sized cuff?!!! And why didn’t the pattern tester notice?!) or are just not sewn/constructed logically? Whew…you can see I have opinions. And I thank you for honestly sharing your experience and opinions with us.

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  4. 10 years ago, I got the urge to make this style blouse using a vintage Butterick pattern, my mid-life nostalgia for the ’70’s. Doubts increased the further I got into assembly. I eagerly put on the finished blouse, and …….no. Note to self: a seriously gathered neckline and puffy raglan sleeves do nothing for my body type. I never even wore this style as a young woman, definitely went off the deep end making it at 60.

    But, the Love Notions Rhapsody looks like it has potential as an alternative. The gathering at the yoke is better located and minimal. The set in sleeves are more tailored, yet the overall look is still slightly “boho”. Finished examples posted on the internet look great on a variety of figures and ages. I am going to consider this for a summer top. Perhaps one can “go home again” after all!

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  5. Happy New Year Coco! I like the Love Notions Rhapsody blouse. I like that it has set in sleeves which work better on my narrow shoulders. I first made it with a lovely drapy fabric with a tie dyed look, and used the bell sleeve and loved it. I have since hacked the front to eliminate the slit and ties and have a simple scoop neck. So many things to try with this pattern.
    Love your makes and really appreciate the time you take to share them with us.
    Have a wonderful new year.


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  6. Hi Coco, I agree it doesn’t quite work; not sure whether this is because of the pattern or just the combination of fabric and pattern. As for suggestions for boho type blouse styles, I can picture you in an Indian tunic style top or a caftan style top or even a gypsy style off the shoulder number. I suspect you would look great in almost anything! Wishing you a happier year. Hopefully things will improve in the combining months.

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  7. Care to share why don’t like it on you? To my eyes, it looks fine and boho and kewl. I suppose taste is so personal and individual tho. Just my .02. And Happy New Year, dear Coco!! ❤

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  8. Thank you for sharing your disappointment – it’s reassuring to know that even the best sewers occasionally strike out. My Mom made several versions of an old Butterick 4327 pattern but I doubt it is in print anywhere. It has a collar but given your skills, you could easily replace the collar with ties.

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