Smooth Sailing Blouse and Suspender Skirt (1940s)

by Bex on March 12, 2012 · 16 comments

in 1930s,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

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Ange March 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm


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.


Reana Louise March 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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


A.J.A. March 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

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


Cynthia March 13, 2012 at 1:04 am

I have an obsessiob with suspender skirts. I love this


Anthea March 13, 2012 at 2:03 am

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


Straight Talking Mama March 13, 2012 at 2:12 am

That is fabulous! Love the whole outfit!


Sølvi March 13, 2012 at 2:38 am

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


LadyD March 13, 2012 at 5:44 am

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?


Bex March 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

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


Parismegs March 13, 2012 at 6:34 am

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


Anni March 13, 2012 at 8:28 am

This is gorgeous!


Handmade Jane March 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

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


Lholy-chan March 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

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


Lauren March 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

So cute!! I love the suspender skirt!


Time and again March 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Very cute and very practical! I want one now!


Anne March 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

très cute!


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