Hot Patterns 1196 | Metropolitan Urban Gypsy Blouse | Or a Tibi Knock-Off

11 Sep


Hi, friends! I’m back with a new top, a new haircut, and some fancy professional photos for you! I’ve had this Hot Patterns Metropolitan Gypsy blouse sewn up for several months but never could coordinate photos of it. When I scheduled a photo shoot for my stepson’s casual senior (!!!) portraits, I had the photographer capture a few of my top to use on the blog. She did such a great job! Any locals looking for great wedding/family/baby/senior photographs, check out Haley Budlong.


I was inspired by Erica Bunker’s version of this top so I just blatantly copied hers — with her permission, of course :-). This pattern is also a pretty accurate ringer for the Tibi off-the-shoulders blouse that retails for around $300. I checked one of these out in Nordstrom last month and I’m happy to report that it wasn’t constructed any better than mine.


I cut a straight size 12 but probably could have gone with the 10. I omitted the shelf bra, although I may try it on the next version to see if it helps to keep the elastic down and prevent it from riding up on my shoulders.


That being said, this top fits way better in the shoulders than any RTW off-the-shoudlers tops I have because I was able to select the right amount of elastic for my broad shoulders — 27″ to be exact, 3/4 of my shoulder circumference.


I opted for the tie detail on the sleeves and next time may try the elasticated sleeve opening. I used my narrow hem foot to finish the sleeves edges and just put a dab of Fray Chek at the very tips as that was a tricky place to get neat (thanks for that suggestion, Erica!)


My fabric was a lovely cotton French dot jacquard from Emma One Sock. I was able to get this shirt out of less than 2 yards, much less than the pattern’s recommended 2 3/4 yards.


The pattern sewed up quickly in a single Saturday and the directions were brief but sufficient. I would definitely make this again and have a gorgeous green snake print silk set aside for just such an endeavor.


For this photo shoot, I kept my look simple and paired my top with my crisp white slim jeans, aย Kendra Scott necklace and bracelet, and some tan platform wedges. What do you think about off-the-shoulders tops? Would you wear or sew one?



15 Responses to “Hot Patterns 1196 | Metropolitan Urban Gypsy Blouse | Or a Tibi Knock-Off”

  1. Nica Aubrey September 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Love it!!! So cute!!!

  2. gilliancrafts September 11, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

    What beautiful pictures! Love the outfit, too! โค

    • Susie Homemaker, MD September 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

      Thank you, Gillian! The pics definitely make me want to have a pro photographer for every garment, lol!

  3. Erica Bunker September 12, 2016 at 3:52 am #

    Your top looks great!

  4. Brittany Kimbrell September 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    I love your blog! Thanks to Haley Budlong for sharing your link! You both are so talented!

  5. Lynn September 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    Beautiful top and pics, and I LOVE the new haircut!!!!

  6. Bonnie Waller September 12, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

    The top is beautiful! And of course I would wear off-the-shoulder. It’s cool and classy, just like your hair! You’re so impressive.

    • Susie Homemaker, MD September 13, 2016 at 5:54 am #

      Hi, Bonnie! Thank you for your sweet compliments and for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. d0nnaw0ng November 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    It looks great on you! I would totally wear it. The pattern and style looks amazing!


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