Norman Hartnell Telephone Blouse

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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9 comments… add one

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

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

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

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

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  • Ditto above comments – trying not to drool on me keyboard!
    ;-)

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

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  • I love your photo shoot! Lovely blouse of course.

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  • Oh, I love those phone buttons! lovely blouse!

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