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A Tribute to the Spitfire Women of the ATA

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.

About the author: 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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  • Lizzy September 23, 2011, 11:23 am


  • Anonymous September 23, 2011, 12:11 pm

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

  • learningnewtricks September 23, 2011, 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, 10:19 am


  • motorharp September 24, 2011, 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, 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, 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, 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, 5:46 pm

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

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