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?


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  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. 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.

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

  4. 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

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

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

  6. 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!!

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