Smooth Sailing Blouse and Suspender Skirt (1940s)

I’m slowly trying to build a wardrobe of  ‘wearable’ vintage clothing from the 1940s-early 1950s (SewRetro is great for inspiration).

I love this look, its so cute and practical:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s my version:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used my favourite 1940′s blouse pattern (Smooth Sailing from Wearing History) and the Simplicity Repro 3688 for the skirt.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blouse is made from a repro-print quilters cotton, with vintage buttons – the skirt is a very functional navy gaberdine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking! xxx

• Meet the Author • Bex


A vintage obsessed, rockabilly femme living in Sydney, Australia. I hoard vintage knitting and sewing patterns, and shoes. So many shoes. My favourite era is the late 1930s- early 1940s.


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16 comments… add one

  • Cute!

    Oh and love the way you’re wearing your head scarf btw… I have recently gone short with my hair and have enjoyed experimenting with some new head scarf wraps.

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  • This outfit is totally wearable and totally jealousy-inducing. You look fabulous.

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  • Great outfit- I love the blouse, and the skirt is classic.

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  • I have an obsessiob with suspender skirts. I love this

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  • Now, I know it for sure, I want a suspender skirt too!

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  • That is fabulous! Love the whole outfit!

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  • I loove your style- that outfit is just perfect! Nicely done! :-)

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  • Looks like a great outfit. I’ve been looking for a pattern like that…
    Question: Is it essentially a circle skirt with the straps attached?

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    • Hi Lady D – its actually a 6-gore skirt from the Simplicity pattern ;)

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  • You look FABULOUS!!! I love your whole ‘look’…very nice :-)

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  • This is gorgeous!

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  • Love this whole outfit, but especially the blouse, it’s just gorgeous. x

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  • Nice outfit! I’m especially fond of the skirt, I really like this style. The contrasting buttons add a cute detail.

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  • So cute!! I love the suspender skirt!

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  • Very cute and very practical! I want one now!

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  • très cute!

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