Vintage Sewing

1940’s blouse

November 13, 2008

You were looking for this pattern (or one nearly like it). You posted it on your blog, which I found after you left me a comment. By the time I found the pattern, I lost your name. If this is you please contact me and I will make sure you get a copy.


Can you believe the workmanship on this blouse? It belongs to a friend of mine. It was handmade; and I am only guessing, sometime in the forties. I would love to make something similar. Has anyone seen a pattern, or directions for this technique? What is this called?

  1. I think that is bias binding made into a cord and fashioned into loops, swirls, etc. I do not know what it is called, but on Pattern Review, there is an article posted about vintage techniques/fashions and it shows something like that. I have a few old 40’s sewing booklets and one from the 20’s. I will look to see if that is shown and if so, will post to your blog.

  2. Melynda, I think you may have been writing about me regarding the pattern. How sweet of you to offer. However, I did finally find a copy of the pattern in my size. Unfortunately, I just haven’t found the right fabric for it and haven’t sewn it up yet. But when I do I will definitely post about it here. Thanks!

  3. it is called Rouleau and I have a technique for it in a book called "Fine Embellishment techniques: Classic Details for Today's Clothing" by Jane Conlon.

    I have just tracked it down on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Embellishment-Techniques-Classic-Clothing/dp/1561584967/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226998664&sr=8-1

    The book has lot's of lovely classic techniques and although I have not yet been brave enough to try any, I do enjoy looking.

  4. Thanks for all the helpful info. I am going to have to try this. Rouleau is now on my list of things to try in 2009. Happy New Year.

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