The Tie Blouse


With little Liisa-Mai around, my wardrobe choices have become somewhat limited as there are too many boxes to be ticked – the garment has to fit reasonably in the bust, fit reasonably in the belly area; be breastfeeding friendly and finally, be suitable for the occasion!


I realized how few of my clothes are actually button-up or wrap style in order to allow comfortable breastfeeding! The other issue is the belly – I have lost most of the baby weight by 8 weeks postpartum, but the belly is resisting, especially as I used to have a pretty flat one prior to pregnancy (of course I would never have agreed to that statement back then, there was always little something too much in my opinion!) and the clothes were sewn to fit that body, not the one I have at the moment.

The pattern I used for the top above is Simplicity 8601 and it is not breastfeeding-friendly, however it does conveniently have a center front seam! So all i did was adding an invisible zipper to the front seam and omit the back closure. I cut size 14 and used view C for my blouse.

I also did not use the facings, but went with white cotton bias tape instead.


I am so satisfied with the result that I think I will repeat it. However, I think three ties on one blouse is a little too much, I would rather prefer either one in the front (and then go sleeveless) or only keep the sleeve ties. My husband also came up with a good idea – to make the front and back piece identical and without the tie – then the blouse would be more like a shirt and could be worn with a belt for example. I need to consider all these options before cutting into the next fabric.


I actually prefer to style the blouse with pants instead of a skirt, but we have had an amazing spring and summer this year so far – much warmer and sunnier than usually and of course this makes the long walks with Liisa-Mai very enjoyable.


The fabric I used is a good quality cotton gingham that a dear friend of mine brought from his business trip to Germany a few years ago. When he gave it to me, I was a little “meh” to be honest, but for this project it is perfect, breathable and I love the light blue color too! I am happy I could find a good use for this old-timer in my fabric stash!


It is hard to get the shade of this baby blue correct in photos, it is definitely brighter than in the photos taken indoors, however slightly duller than on those taken outside 😀

Some close ups too:


Next post is coming soon as I managed to finish a long time unfinished project recently!

Happy sewing!


14 responses to “The Tie Blouse”

  1. This is a really great top. You look great in it and your changes makes it very practical. I love gingham and the colour which I think suits nearly everyone. I do agree, 3 ties is probably too many but it does look SO good on you.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment!

  2. I love the front zipper that you added. You look great by the way.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment!

  3. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) Avatar
    Beth (SunnyGal Studio)

    so cute and what a great idea about the zipper. I think this could be made in a knit for a slightly different look but still would work.

    1. Thank you, Beth! Yes, I have seen it made up in knit and it works very well!

  4. I love this with the zipper! Very nice top.

  5. I really like this top as it is with all its ties 🙂 And you look great!

    1. Thank you very much, Maria!
      I am getting used to them as well 😀

  6. What a great idea to use a zipper in front! It looks cute and summery..

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, that fabric is very comfortable for summer!

  7. This is such a great top.. It looks absolutely Fab on you👍

    Check out my new post.. Its on super easy tips to look stylish in a big shirt.

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