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1950’s Style Print Blouse

I finally got round to making a blouse from this darling Style Print pattern which I picked up over a year ago.

The difficult part of the project wasn’t sewing it up, it was deciding which option to go for.  In the end, I went for View B: a buttoned front, short sleeves and lovely 1950’s collar detail.

I used a linen mix polka dot fabric which had quite a bit of drape and stretch to it. Consequently the blouse sewed up quite large, even though it was only a 34 bust. View B isn’t supposed to have any darts, but I added two sets of darts to the back and one set to the front to give it more shape. The final fit is absolutely fine and I finished it off with some vintage shell buttons. It’s a great shape to wear – I’m so pleased with it.
It’s the first time I’ve used a Style Print pattern and the clear directions and sturdy pattern paper were a delight.  I’ll definitely be looking out for more of them.  More photos and construction details on my blog Handmade Jane. 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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  • Katherine August 9, 2012, 8:36 am

    Cute! I’m mad for view D with the bow.

  • Cennetta August 9, 2012, 9:30 am

    Lovely blouse. The darts made it figure flattering.

  • futuralon August 9, 2012, 6:13 pm

    I like it. Perhaps in the future you might prefer more buttons. Usually the first button to be laid out is the one at the bust line, with others distributed below and above. That being said I like your workmanship and style choice. I would wear the heck out of a summer blouse like that 🙂

  • Lizzy August 10, 2012, 2:21 pm

    Very cute! I like it!

  • francoise August 10, 2012, 5:22 pm

    This is a fabulous pattern! I love your choice of fabric for this blouse which fits you perfectly.

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