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Portobello Curtains Blouse

Good afternoon.  Just wanted to stop by and show off my new blouse made from a pair of vintage curtains.  I bought the curtains from Portobello Road Market in London, along with the vintage buttons which are a perfect match.  The pattern is a modern one (Megan Nielsen’s Banksia blouse) but definitely has a vintage look to it.

The fit could be better, but that’s my own fault for not making a muslin first.  For a first attempt at this pattern, I’m more than happy.  It’s not a particularly fitted style, so on me  it looks best tucked in.  It seems to look good with a high waisted skirt and I’m planning to wear it with some 1940’s high waisted trousers soon too.  Not a bad result from a a pair of old curtains!

More photos and construction details can be found on my blog, Handmade Jane.  Thanks for reading! x

About the author: I’ve been sewing for two years and am now at the stage where I make most of my own clothes. I love vintage style, vintage fabric and, most importantly, vintage sewing patterns! I’m influenced by most styles from the late 1930’s to the early 1960’s but if I had to choose the decade that most captures my imagination, it would have to be the 1940’s. Looking forward to sharing more of my finished garments with you. x

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  • Becca May 8, 2012, 10:49 am

    Ooo, this is lovely! I agree that the pattern has a vintage look to it. I’m envious of your material. How lucky are you to find curtains like those?! The print and style looks very nice on you.

  • D'ellis May 8, 2012, 11:01 am

    Agree that fabric & pattern are lovely together. Thank you also for introducing me to another pattern line!

  • Anthea May 8, 2012, 11:19 am

    I love the fabric 🙂 Well done!

  • Claudia May 11, 2012, 9:15 am

    I love that top. I would totally go out and buy it for myself. 🙂 It looks really cute on you.

  • FiftiesFrocks May 13, 2012, 12:35 am

    I really love this top! Nice job.

  • Molly May 15, 2012, 8:14 pm

    I love the fabric and it combines with the pattern perfectly, what a fab blouse. The pattern looks a lot like the Librarian Blouse that is being offered as course on Craftsy now. http://www.craftsy.com/class/Sassy-Librarian-Blouse/74

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