1959 Blouse

Hi everyone, This is my first post here, and my first completed project from a vintage pattern.
McCall's 5079
McCall’s 5079 is from 1959. I made view C out of Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in Lipstick. I’d like to make the other views too!

McCall's 5079 untucked

Does anyone know what the frown-y drag lines near the armscye mean? Does the armscye need to be shortened? Or would just a little more width/ease across the chest help?

Any thoughts appreciated!
More photos and info on my blog.

• Meet the Author • Lynn

I'm a graphic designer who likes to sew and play with color and fabric. I'm just starting to use vintage patterns.

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  • Great color, and you did a really nice job on the collar!

    I would definitely add more ease, or possibly even size up – I see signs of slight pulling at several of the buttons, and at least in the fashion drawings this blouse is meant to have an easier, more body-skimming fit. If the back fits well, you might keep the back pieces the same but size up the front ones.

  • please do not lower the armhole, it will make the blouse fit very badly indeed!
    you need a bit more ease in the bust, I would suggest cutting the fronts from the next size up to slove the problem, as you just seem to need the extra in the front.

  • I just thought about it – you could improve the fit on this version by moving the buttons over a little, just to get that extra bit more room. I’d also add a snap between the buttons at the waist to keep that spot closed where it’s wanting to gape a little.

  • I wouldn’t go up a size because it would be too big in the shoulders and neck area. You need to learn to do a Full Bust Adjustment commonly referred to as FBA. You will need to do this on all patterns if you are bigger than a B cup size. All patterns (unless otherwise stated) are drafted for a B cup. There are lots of tutorials on the internet to see how this is done and it will make a world of difference in how your clothes will fit. Yes, it is a bit of a pain to alter the pattern to fit rather than just sewing it up and hoping it will fit; but your end product will be superior.

  • Thanks for all of the input! It’s so helpful to have all of your thoughts on this. I’ll do what I can to make this work, and I’ll be sure to post the next version. Cheers, Lynn


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