1940s Peplum blouse

Hello!  I have been following this blog for a while, but haven’t had the nerve to post until now!  I typically sew 1950s dresses and circle skirts, but when I saw Simplicity 1590, I knew I had to give the ’40s a try.  After nearly an hour of searching JoAnn’s sales racks, I found a lovely peach and white flowered fabric that draped beautifully, and some pretty pearl buttons.

The pattern was fairly easy, and I was able to finish it in two nights.  My fabric turned out to be a little see-through, so I’ll have to wear a camisole under it.  It’s also a little loose, which I attribute to both the fit of ’40s blouses, and probably my choice in sizes to make!

The back picture really doesn’t do the shirt justice.  The fabric drapes beautifully, but wrinkles terribly.

Overall, I’m fairly happy with the outcome of my blouse.  It fits a lot looser than the blouses I typically wear, but I can get used to that.  I’m not sure what I’ll wear with it…pants or a pencil skirt?  I guess it’s time to start looking for a new pattern!

• Meet the Author • restlessweaver

Knitting, spinning, sewing...I love to create! I am a Midwestern living in Texas, trying to find patterns that are fun AND heat-friendly. I love sewing retro designs because it is nearly impossible to find a good twirly skirt these days! I mainly focus on 50s clothing, though occasionally dabble in 19th century, or the 1940s.

6 comments… add one

  • The blousy fit is normal. I’m the one who made Advance 4858 (1947-1948), and it’s blousy, too. That was the era immediately after the war and its fabric restrictions: Big shoulders and excess fabric were the name of the game.

  • The blouse is very pretty on you. Cloth looks perfect for the style. Congrats for finishing the blouse in two nights. Wow!

  • How pretty! You did a great job.

  • This blouse would look great with either pants or a pencil skirt. Very pretty!

  • I’m voting for pants, but either way, it’s so cute! Love your fabric choice!

  • Very cute and lovely fabric choice. One thing I love about my peplum tops is how they dress up a pair of jeans. Have fun wearing this!


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