Butterick 2564 – Vintage Overblouse

by lsaspacey

in Vintage Sewing

I saw this pattern in the Stitches & Loops store and just had to have it. I imagined owning the entire suit and being just as chic and professional as the model. Well, I now have one of the three items concluded. This little top is what was described back then as an overblouse. It could also be worn over a sleeveless dress to expand wearing options. More elegant versions in satin or crepe would be worn over evening gowns.

What I loved about this design and that of the jacket is that the darts mimic each other on the pieces. I also found in construction of this top that the shoulder darts and french dart on the side add flattering shaping to the top.

For the top, I used a lovely drapey red cotton twill that I’m also using for the Colette PatternsOolong dress. I then added four white 1-inch pearlized buttons from my late mother’s button stash.

For the jacket and skirt, my dream would be to find a salt and pepper boucle with maybe a hint of another color running through it. But for boucle, that means I have a bit of a weight until they are in season again. Never mind, I have plenty to wear this red shirt with right now.

For a complete pattern review, click here.

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Home sewist for over twenty years, clothing, crafts, and home furnishings. Love the styles of the 1930s and the exquisite details that were utilized then in even the simplest of garments.

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jennaseverythingblog January 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love the buttons in the back! And the necklace is really cute, too. =)

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A.J.A. January 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Nice! I love the buttons and the color. That'll be a great wardrobe staple!

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Marie January 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Gorgeous, I really love this!

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tammyO. January 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

love the red and back buttons are always awesome.

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