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.
-Tamara


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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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Lizzy September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

Lovely!

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Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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

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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.

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crissy baker September 24, 2011 at 10:19 am

beautiful!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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VeraVenus September 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

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

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