1940’s Blouse By Hand :)


I have hesitated to sew any garments for myself thus far, as I just wasn’t sure what my body would do after giving birth to my little stinker. ;)  I think I’ve kinda regulated, though, and I desperately need some good warm weather, nursing friendly shirts.  So I bought this lovely cotton from fabric.com, grabbed this classic button-up shirt pattern fro my stash, and dug in!
My sewing machine is still down, so I decided to just stitch this up by hand.  I got a lot done this afternoon!
The pattern: Simplicity 4405 from 1942, version 2 (short sleeved).
Here are some pics of the construction thus far. :)

The day’s accomplishments:
Collar finished (but not attached yet), shoulder seams finished, facing hem pressed and stitched.


To see more pics and details, check out my blog! :)

Have a lovely day,



• Meet the Author • Bessie M.

My name is Bessie, and I am a seamstress and vintage fashion enthusiast. My mother taught me to sew when I was a wee little girl, and I have been hooked ever since. I began using vintage patterns back in 04' or 05' when I stumbled across a box full of vintage patterns for $5. Now vintage patterns are all that I use. :) I teach piano and sewing lessons and run my own Etsy shop, Bessie Miller Vintage, through which I sell vintage sewing patterns, vintage clothing, and other vintage awesomeness that I find here and there. You can check out my shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BessieMillerVintage?ref=si_shop Bessie Miller Vintage Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bessie-Miller-Vintage/229397830509860

2 comments… add one

  • It’s a beautiful blouse – can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Lovely! By hand, that is impressing and with such a small child… I could not think when my children were babies.


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