40s inspired outfit

by Anthea on June 17, 2012 · 9 comments

in Pattern Drafting,Vintage Sewing

A while ago I wrote about the blouses I wanted to make using one basic pattern. This is the 4th blouse I made out of it. Because I don’t have any skirts to match the blouse I decided to sew a skirt as well.

I changed quite a lot about the basic blouse pattern. I added puffed sleeves. At first I wanted to use the sleeves of the Boudoir Dress but of course I decided to do something else. Well I still used the pattern of the sleeves but altered it. The sleeve has originally a yoke. Around the yoke and at the top of the sleeve you gather the fabric to create volume. I liked this amount of volume but this time I wanted to make pleats, lots of pleats! The top of the sleeve has 4 pleats, the bottom has 6 pleats. 

 I drafted a peter pan collar. This was actually the first time. But with some help of Hillary Campbell’s book (which I bought much cheaper) I managed to draft a peter pan collar. 

 The other blouses have a seperate piece of fabric for the buttons and buttonholes. This time I didn’t want to add a seperate piece. I changed the pattern by adding ca. 3 inches to the center front.

I also used the skirt pattern of the Boudoir Dress. I made the skirt a bit longer and added a waist band. The skirt has an invisible hem. I folded the end of the seams and stitched it, instead of serging the seams. I really dont’t like serged seams.

 I didn’t have much trouble with sewing the blouse. After making a few other blouses it gets easier to make them. The only problem was my nosy cat!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

jax black June 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

Love what you have done with the blouse and great color choice the skirt is a great shape,
How did you do an invisible hem?
I’m glad my fat dog is not the curious :)


Anthea June 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thank you! I sewed the hem by hand with a cross/catch stitch after sewing binding onto the hem.


Sue June 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

Such a cute outfit – I want that skirt!!


Anthea June 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thank you! The skirt was easy to make, but i love the shape.


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns June 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Oh, very vintage! You look adorable in it. : )

Happy sewing!



Anthea June 19, 2012 at 11:59 am



EmSewCrazy June 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Love the contrasting collar and cuffs! Very cute outfit. The skirt is really nice too. Great color combo!


Anthea June 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thank you for your lovely comment!


Sarah June 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Really lovely blouse, the sleeves are so sweet!


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