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DIY Patio Dress

I posted a while back about a 1950s style patio skirt I made and I finally got around to making the matching blouse to go with it!

I used Butterick 7328 for the blouse and added ric rac trim to match the skirt.

I did a circle of red, then gold, the red again ric rac around the blouse following the line of the yoke. I also added some red ric rac to the collar. I wish I had had some of the black trim from the skirt leftover, but it was vintage and I only had enough to go around the skirt twice.

Overall, I’m very happy with the project! I never need an excuse to wear ridiculous amounts of ric rac!

More photos and construction details over on the blog!

About the author: I’m a 20 something Chemistry professor who loves the fashions of the 30s, 40s and 50s. I’m also completely obsessed with Downton Abbey. Aside from sewing, I also love to knit, scrapbook and read.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • mariebayarea September 1, 2013, 6:02 pm


  • Renay September 1, 2013, 11:55 pm

    So cute and summery!

  • Jeanne September 2, 2013, 4:20 am

    What a wonderful outfit, I love lashings of ric-rac, you’ve utilised it perfectly!

  • Catherine Alekna September 2, 2013, 7:13 am

    i love this! So much ric-rac! beautiful job

  • Reading Goddess September 2, 2013, 9:55 am

    I love it. I have a vintage patio skirt and blouse in turquoise with white and silver ric-rac. Lets bring this style back together!

  • Francie September 2, 2013, 4:24 pm

    The blouse is just beautiful and goes so well with the skirt!

  • Moe September 3, 2013, 12:15 am

    I love it! You did a wonderful job. I’d have guessed it was an original!

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