Vintage Post: The Wing Collar Blouse

by ooobop on March 11, 2012 · 25 comments

in 1940s,1950s,Vintage Sewing

wing collared blouse at the postbox

This blouse was such an easy make. And it is such a comfortable and flattering style.
I’m not sure what era it is. Im thinking 1950s but I always struggle to find a date on vintage patterns. Does anyone know?

b556 Butterick blouse pattern
The pattern description reads: “Wing collared blouses for casual and dress-up occasions” and I think that just about sums it up. I do like all purpose clothing!

wing collar blouse profile

I was a bit hesitant about adding the shoulder pads but I’m jolly glad I did. They do indeed add proper structure to the shoulders and in any case it is more authentic.

wing collar blouse

The little heart buttons are care of Cath Kidston. and the hem is bound in red binding (of course!) I feel a few more of these coming on! More pictures and details over at ooobop!

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Shanna March 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Love it

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ooobop March 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Thanks Shanna :-)

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Anne March 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Simplicity and McCalls put the copy write year on their envelope but some companies don’t .

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ooobop March 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Thanks Anne. I will have a look at some of the others I have.

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D'ellis March 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Absolute charm, with colors, buttons, hem tape (didn’t realize it was considered vintage), but have no idea of date.

Yep, many’s the time knitters have told me they keep 2 projects going, shuttling back & forth. Change of pace. Which reminds me – better get something else started myself!

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ooobop March 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Thank you D’ellis. Glad I’m not alone! :-)

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Jessamyn March 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Everything about that pattern screams mid-’50s, both the illustration style and the fashion features. I was just watching _To Catch a Thief_ last night (it’s from 1955) and the women in it have the same slightly pinched-looking waist and slightly bulbous high hipline, the rounded shoulder, the swept-back hair.

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ooobop March 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Thanks Jessamyn. I thought as much. Although I’ve mistaken 40s for 50s before.

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Julie March 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

The black with red dots fabric and pattern go well together. Love it! Gee I want one of those!

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ooobop March 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Aw thanks Julie. :-)

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Lynn March 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Very pretty! A perfect fit.

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ooobop March 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Thanks Lynn. The fit is helped considerably by 8 darts around the waist!

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Jill March 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

So chic! I love the heart buttons.

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ooobop March 12, 2012 at 1:59 am

Thanks Jill :-)

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Bri March 11, 2012 at 8:49 pm

This blouse is lovely, I also really like the fabric you chose. I would say this pattern is 50′s because the look of the illustrations and style is very similar to some patterns I have.

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ooobop March 12, 2012 at 1:59 am

Thanks Bri. It had to be polka dot. A bit of a no-brainer for me!

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Time and again March 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I love the look of the shoulder pads and the red really pops! Very flattering!

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ooobop March 12, 2012 at 2:02 am

Thank you. Yes I am coming round to the shoulder pad. Bit scared of them after they got soooo big in the 80s!

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Sølvi March 12, 2012 at 5:00 am

Ooo! This is so cute! I looove your fabric choice, and matched with those buttons, it´s just perfection! :-)

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SueC March 12, 2012 at 5:46 am

As well as the style of clothing, you can date a pattern by the hairstyles and the slope of the shoulders, hips, shoe styles etc. Short hair in looser waves always denotes 50′s, and your pattern is probably right in the mid-50s era. Forties patterns usually have longer hair in victory rolls, tighter curls and broader padded shoulders with slim hips. The dresses are straighter looking until they head towards Dior’s New Look with the nipped in waists, sloping shoulders and voluminous skirts, from 1947. Full gathered skirts ayed popular through to about 1963. In the early sixties you see cuter more casual hairstyles like the flip and bob cuts then when the dress shapes changed to the shift and the trapeze cuts got shorter and layered and bouffy.

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ooobop! March 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

Thank you Sue. That’s really helpful. :-)

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SueC March 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

oops typo above, that should read “full gathered skirts stayed popular”

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puu March 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

OMG! heart shaped buttons!! why didn’t i think of that for mine??

that is pure awesome!

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ooobop! March 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

Thanks Puu. I really like your shirt too :-)

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Laurel March 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm

This is so great! very flattering too

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