A Tribute to the Spitfire Women of the ATA

by Tamara on September 23, 2011 · 9 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Earlier this year I saw a BBC documentary film called ‘Spitfire Women’. I had no inkling these women even existed and was quite enamoured with their story. One comment from the documentary really stuck with me: The Spitfire was a plane you wore, a real lady’s plane. My aim was to find a garment which embodied this statement, so I searched my 40s patterns for something pretty, feminine and practical and came up with Simplicity 4139.

This pattern appears to have been pretty popular in its day, there are a lot of them still in circulation and I’ve seen it on eBay regularly. I chose View 1 for its sexy deep V neckline; the long, floaty sleeves; and, more importantly, it has only one button. My god I hate buttonholes!
More details on the Spitfire Women and blouse construction can be found on my blog: A New Ball of String.

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I have been collecting & sewing from Vintage patterns (30s-50s) for the past 5 years. My favourite era to sew is the 40s & the style suits me to a tea.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lizzy September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am



Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

So attractive. This blouse would flatter all figures. It just looks great!


learningnewtricks September 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Love the button! This blouse is timeless, classic, and you can make it look formal or casual. Very pretty.


crissy baker September 24, 2011 at 10:19 am



motorharp September 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

There was a similar program in the US – I found out about it because I checked out this book from my library hoping to find some good ideas for hair styles!

Gorgeous blouse!


Kiki von Tiki September 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

That's lovely! It's totally wearable without looking like a costume, but really still captures the retro look. Nicely done.


June September 25, 2011 at 8:33 am

Gorgeous! I have this pattern and I've been thinking about making it for along time. You've inspired me.


puu September 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

that blouse is really stunning. it's elegant and classic and completely wearable, but it has this fabulous flair from the vintage details and oversized button. really amazing job!


VeraVenus September 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Looks terrific, I'll be looking out for that pattern now.


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