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Cherry Bomb

I love the Runaways. So Cherry Bomb was the obvious choice for this post.

(For the record, I’m a Joan fangirl. Sorry Cherie.)

Despite my rock loving roots, this has come out nice and sweet and 1950s cute if you ask me. That makes me happy too.


 For some reason this cherry print polka dot cotton makes me think of American diners and blue denim. I’m rather gutted I couldn’t have a milkshake for this photoshoot.

Am I crazy or do you get USA vibes too? I feel like running around town singing Bruce Springsteen songs or maybe bake a cherry pie.

The fabric was won many moons ago thanks to a giveaway by the Vintage Nirvana that is The Polished Button, and delightfully hosted on the famous blog Handmade Jane. I won 1m of the cotton AND 1m of matching cherry print bias binding which I put to good use as an armhole facing.


What a lucky girl!

I made this blouse last summer but during a strop over the notched collar I put it in the UFO bin — BANISHED.

It was my first time trying a notch collar you see and I was having some difficulty. When I tried more recently on my pyjamas it worked a treat so I was clearly hot and bothered over nothing.


But now, I’m ooooh sooo smug about how Summery I look.

The blouse is a mix of Simplicity 1880 a hit from the Project Runway pattern line and the Sassy Librarian Blouse. I used the collar plus the front and back yokes from 1880. Then the release pleats and length from the Sassy Blouse.


If you want to see some cherry print awesomeness on a SL Blouse, look no further than Claire’s fruity version. Or if you’re really after another version of 1880 cropped as a blouse, take a look at Amy’s mad men inspired look.

So what about you? Are you breaking out the summer sewing patterns? Daring to bear some leg or arm now the sun’s staying out longer?


(43) Comments

  1. This is so cute! It’s very, very summery! Sadly, it’s still crazy cold here, so I’m not able to wear summer clothes yet, but I’m really looking forward to it! Sidenote: your hair is so shiny and gorgeous!!!

    1. almondrock says:

      I think I jinxed it as the weather became appalling again after I made this. Thanks for the hair compliments *blush*

  2. Sweet blouse, and cherries on the binding too! I have not tried a notch collar before, but I’m glad that things got easier after some time and your collar turned out fine.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! Notch collars are a little puzzling but give a great eureka moment!!

  3. Cute – and yes, totally getting the American vibe.

    1. almondrock says:

      Heehee glad it’s coming across! Thank you

  4. You look all sweet and innocent in these photos – bug hiding a deep, dark secret underneath! Very I Know What You Did Last Summer…!

    1. almondrock says:

      You minx! I’m totally honest I promise 😉 heehee

  5. I’m getting a very strong spring vibe from this blouse. It looks lovely and a great mix of patterns. Glad the collar worked out.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you!
      SPRING! Let’s hope with the daffs popping out and a break in the rain, that spring might be here to stay.

  6. Lovely. The cherry print is perfect! Roll on summer

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! God I hear you. Walking around with bare arms and legs seems like a lifetime away!

  7. Anenthusiast says:

    Ooh a clever mashup! Love the collar. And YES to baking pie- this needs to be done!!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! Mmmm pie. That’ll help me forget how cold it is out there heheh

  8. LOVE IT!!! It’s my perfect blouse! I may have to make an exact copy, even down to the cherry binding on the armholes. So happy to see such a gorgeous make from a giveaway. x

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you so much for picking me as a winner!! I will always think of you when I wear it. x

  9. So cute Amy and I love how the collar has turned out. It’s hard not to start thinking about summery sewing when the sun comes out. I have a couple of things on the go that will be just right for warmer weather – but really need some summery knits too!!!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Ooh I know how you feel. It’s so tempting to try and bring spring forward with some warmer weather sewing

  10. bimbleandpimble says:

    So super summery! Check you out!

    1. almondrock says:

      YAY for summer sewing!! 🙂

  11. this is lovely on you. It’s such a sweet make 🙂 nice combining. and in answer to your question I’m making some v short things at the moment.

    1. almondrock says:

      Aww thanks! I BET YOU ARE making short things. You would never let the weather hold you back lady!

  12. Very sweet! And your notched collar looks perfect! Cherry Bomb is the perfect name!

    1. almondrock says:

      Yay! Thanks! So glad it turned out alright in the end.

  13. Cute! What great fabric. I get the 50’s USA vibes too!

    1. almondrock says:

      Heehee thanks! 🙂

  14. Love it! What a great pattern mash, and the cherries are fab.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Cherries are so much fun to wear. I highly recommend it.

  15. Impressively sweet and spring-summer esque. Those button holes and collars make me green with envy. One day! Love it.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Have you tried button holes yet? They’re actually pretty cool! Can be more fun than zips sometimes 🙂

  16. Che-che-che-che-cherry bomb! You look super cute (butter wouldn’t melt) in these pics! Love the blouse, it makes me feel all Spring-like ;o)

    1. almondrock says:

      Heehee. You say butter wouldn’t melt, my friend called me a “12 year old”!

  17. This blouse is adorable as is you, sweet petal! x

    1. almondrock says:

      Awww *blush* thank you!!

  18. beebeesvintagedress says:

    That blouse is so damn cute! It looks great on you!

    1. almondrock says:

      Awww thank you!!

  19. I love this blouse! It’s very summery indeed and that fabric is so cute. Bring on the warm weather!!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Let’s cross fingers and toes for summer to come along.

  20. Super cute! Thanks now that song will be stuck in my head all day!! 🙂

    1. almondrock says:


  21. That is super cute and I would be smug too with a fabulous top like that in my wardrobe!! When the weather gets warmer it would be great with some denim capris and red wedges and of course, that milkshake!!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Oooh that sounds like the outfit for me! The milkshake is a definitely must 🙂

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