I made this blouse using vintage pattern Bestway D.3,109. It looks to be one of those mail order style patterns from the 50s. I can’t see a date so I’m going by hair and shoes on the cover image!
It’s a wrap-over top, held closed with two vintage buttons. The third button is for decorative and balancing purposes! The bottom two buttons sit just above the waistline at the base of the two waist darts. It could really do with a fourth hidden button to keep the under wrap layer in place. But for now, I’m tucking it in my pants!
The back is cut in one piece with extended sleeves and the front yokes form the sleeve fronts.
I love the shape of the neckline and how the collar just lays flat across the collar bone. I’ve not seen this style on any other garment to date.
And as most 1950s patterns go, I love how it’s nipped in at the waist for that flattering silhouette.
When I came to choose the fabric, I knew I needed a crisp, 100% cotton fabric but I didn’t bank on finding a lighthouse print! I think it worked perfectly to achieve the whole vintage repro style!
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