Sew for Victory Blouse – Vintage Inside and Out

This is my first time Sewing for Victory, it has been a great experience, and I’m thrilled with the result.  The blouse I made looks fabulous on my daughter – she gladly modelled it for me – but it’s mine!

This is the pattern I used.  I had to do a fair amount of re-sizing and restyling, all of which is explained on my blog.

I did all the machine sewing using my 1949 Singer 15K hand machine, added the tiny rick rack braid with a braiding foot that came with my oldest treadle machine, which dates from 1913, and made the buttonholes on my 1936 Singer 201K treadle using a buttonholer attachment.

All the seams were finished using vintage techniques, so there is not a raw edge in sight.  Here is the inside view.

My next sewing project is going to be a dress for my god-daughter, Meg’s, third birthday at the end of May, using the home made pattern shown recently on my blog.  I will be showing the construction of the dress step by step.  Meg’s big sister Lily will be watching progress with interest.  Lily is ten and already a keen sewer. I hope lots of the vintage sewers out there will be interested too…


• Meet the Author • Lizzie Lenard

Started sewing in the 1960s using an 1897 Singer sewing machine belonging to my mum. Now an avid blogger and Youtuber showing how to clean up and use vintage sewing machines - hand machines and treadles. I have never owned or used an electric sewing machine, and only use vintage sewing techniques. Favourite epoch for fashion - late 1930s and early 1940s.

5 comments… add one

  • This is sooo beautiful…I love it!

  • This is really pretty- love the fabric and all the pleating and details around the collar- Great job!

  • So pretty, perfect fabric choice!

  • What a lovely blouse, especially with all the period details and finishing.

  • Beautiful blouse, love seeing the inside photo too.


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