A Rayon Dream

by Starspangledheart on January 24, 2014 · 10 comments

in 1940s,Blouses,Skirts

I adore rayon! It’s the fabric I most wish would come back into modern fashion. I’m always on the hunt for rayon with a great retro style print and I fell in love with this divine polka dot yardage.

It’s the size of the print and the color that make this perfect for late 30s/early 40s rather than 50s/60s where polka dots often shine. I ended up pairing this with Wearing History’s Dahlia blouse pattern. Originally, I had a button down blouse in mind but once I got this fabric in my hands, I knew it was screaming to be something more drapey.

The version I made has a cute little bow in the back! And the back is longer to help it stay tucked in to skirts and pants. 1900s and 1910s blouses often have this feature and I have to say it’s quite handy.

I also love, love the neckline! It’s high but not too high. And the edge of the wrap is cut on the grain rather than the bias like most wrap dress/blouse patterns I’ve worked with so there’s no bias stretch to make your neckline gape open.

To finish off the look, I also whipped up Simplicity 3457, an early 40s 12 gore skirt, in some fine whale corduroy.

For a more in depth pattern review of the Wearing History Dahlia blouse pattern and more photos, feel free to pop on over to my blog.

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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.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanette January 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

Gorgeous blouse, love the bow at the back. x


Annelise January 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I hear you on the part about rayon–fabrics! I’m also always on the look–out for rayon in cool prints. The outfit you’ve made is so beautiful. I love the blouse, especially the neckline. Like you say its not too low, which I sometimes find to be a problem when sewing these kind of draped fronts. Thanks for the inspiration:o)


Annelise January 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Correction: high but not too high;o)


Stacey Stitch January 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

This is gorgeous, love the colour, well done on a fantastic creation! :)


Kelina January 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Truly lovely! Wonderful fabric choice for the pattern, and nice all together as an outfit.


Lauriana January 25, 2014 at 3:10 am

What a gorgeous blouse!
I’m going to your blog now because I’m intrigued by what you told about the pattern. It sounds like it deals with the issues I usually have with styles like this.


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EmSewCrazy January 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

LOVE this blouse! Beautiful fabric and a beautiful pattern!


Draped in Cloudlets January 26, 2014 at 9:40 am



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