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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

About the author: 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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  • Ange March 12, 2012, 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, 7:56 pm

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

  • A.J.A. March 12, 2012, 8:57 pm

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

  • Cynthia March 13, 2012, 1:04 am

    I have an obsessiob with suspender skirts. I love this

  • Anthea March 13, 2012, 2:03 am

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

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

    That is fabulous! Love the whole outfit!

  • Sølvi March 13, 2012, 2:38 am

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

  • LadyD March 13, 2012, 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, 4:25 pm

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

  • Parismegs March 13, 2012, 6:34 am

    You look FABULOUS!!! I love your whole ‘look’…very nice 🙂

  • Anni March 13, 2012, 8:28 am

    This is gorgeous!

  • Handmade Jane March 13, 2012, 9:01 am

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

  • Lholy-chan March 13, 2012, 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, 12:08 pm

    So cute!! I love the suspender skirt!

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

    Very cute and very practical! I want one now!

  • Anne March 17, 2012, 9:01 am

    très cute!

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