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Butterick 9274: 50s Back Buttoning Blouse

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately! This polka dot boat neck blouse was a quick and easy sewing project….once I graded up the tiny vintage pattern!

The pattern was originally a bust size 31 and I’m 38! Thankfully, there were only two main pieces to be graded up to a 35″ bust and then I did an FBA on the front. The facings and other small pieces I just drafted straight from the graded up pieces rather than grading up individually.

I’m really happy with how everything turned out, especially since this is the largest grading up I’ve ever done!

More details (including the skirt which is also a me made piece) are available on my blog.

About the author: I’m a 20 something Chemistry professor who loves the fashions of the 30s, 40s and 50s. I’m also completely obsessed with Downton Abbey. Aside from sewing, I also love to knit, scrapbook and read.

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  • D'ellis March 7, 2012, 11:47 am

    This is a lovely pattern & lovely job ~ would do this up in a minute if I could figure out how to do up those wonderful back buttons meself! Good skirt, too!

  • Lizzy March 7, 2012, 12:02 pm

    I saw that pattern in the internet time ago, since I saw it I thought I liked it very much, you did a great job, I like the fabric you used, I’ll visit your blog to see if you posted how you did it bigger, I have never done that.

  • Miss Crayola Creepy March 7, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Love the buttons down the back!

  • Shanna March 7, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Really is cute

  • Anni March 7, 2012, 3:23 pm

    What a lovely outfit! I very much like the shirt.
    Also well done for doing the grading! 🙂

  • trish March 7, 2012, 6:45 pm

    awesome job on a super cute blouse! The grading looks perfect.

  • Tusa March 8, 2012, 7:38 pm

    I just made the same blouse. I found the pattern at Value Village for 99 cents (all their patterns are ridiculously cheap!). I like yours much better, however, since mine had tonnes of room in the back/shoulder blade area. I think I will try again with some adjustments. Love the polkadots!

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