Norman Hartnell Telephone Blouse

by ooobop on November 5, 2012 · 9 comments

in 1950s,Vintage Sewing

Norman Hartnell blouse

I made this blouse using a 1950s vintage pattern, that came free with a copy of Woman’s Day magazine, one of a fabulous collection of 40s/50s patterns I won on Ebay.

Norman Hartnell blouse pattern

The designer was Norman Hartnell, Dress designer to the Queen and many other famous and stylish ladies. It is fundamentally a very simple pattern but I had to employ some grading ‘skills’ to increase the size.

Norman Hartnell blouse

There is no collar stand so the winged collar effect is created by the folded back facings. I used fusible interfacing to keep the front folds sharp and little red telephone buttons for a pop of colour!

Norman Hartnell blouse

The previous owner of this pattern had drafted a back neck facing which came in very handy and was a much better idea than the bias strip suggested.


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Katherine November 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Hahah, I love your photos. The telephone buttons are inspired! Awesome stuff!


ooobop! November 7, 2012 at 2:32 am

Thank you Katherine :-)


EmSewCrazy November 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Love it! You look so chic and those buttons are Amazing!


Jessamyn November 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Love love love your call from the Queen (and the blouse is mighty cute, too)!


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns November 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Okay, that’s just too cute! The telephone buttons make the whole outfit! Keep up the good work : )


Dellis November 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Ditto above comments – trying not to drool on me keyboard!


Tina November 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

What a darling blouse! The fit is so nice. Great sewing!


Aja November 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I love your photo shoot! Lovely blouse of course.


foamofdays December 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Oh, I love those phone buttons! lovely blouse!


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