1940s

Spring for Cotton – Simplicity 1782

May 1, 2015

Here is my finished Spring for Cotton project! A 1940s blouse using Simplicity 1782. I’m also counting this towards my list of Vintage Pattern Sewing Pledge projects. 🙂

Simplicity 1782 wasn’t originally on my list of patterns to make for the Vintage Pattern Sewing Pledge or Spring for Cotton because at the time I didn’t own a copy. One popped up on Ebay but couldn’t bring myself to spend $40.00 for a blouse pattern. Le sigh.  Much to my delight another copy came up for sale, again on the evil bay, and I was determined not to miss out this time! As you will see, I decided to test this pattern in some quilting cotton from the stash. But I have other fabrics destined to become tops. I’m thinking of making either View 1 or 2 from this semi-sheer white on white cotton and another version of View 3 in the yellow and white. 🙂 Something bright for spring!

Overall I’m pretty happy with how this turned out and I think I have a very wearable muslin/mock up. It does have some minor fitting issues to work out. I found that the waist seam hit at exactly the same level as my skirt waistband and the waistband of my favorite high waisted pants. This makes it look and feel a little awkward. I think shortening the waist would help a little bit. Also, and maybe it’s just the color and/or material I used but when I first tried this blouse on it looked very much like a maternity top. Adding a dark belt helped somewhat. Quilting cotton may be just a little too stiff for this blouse, just my two cents. The next time I make it will be with a much softer cotton. I have a few more photos on my blog if you would like to see them.

Summary of the Pattern
Fabric:
Quilting cotton
Pattern: Simplicity 1782, View 3, Size 14/32″ bust
Year: 1946
Notions: Thread, bias tape, snaps.
How historically accurate is it? Not bad. The fabric is not a reproduction print but I think it has a cute vintage feel to it.
Any tricky parts to the pattern? Not really. This pattern seemed to go together really fast and easy.
Did you change anything? The pattern calls for 5/8″ seams but I found the blouse to be a little snug in the waist and difficult to put on and take off. I changed the seams to 3/8″ and this helped.When I make this again, which I plan to do, I will build in a little extra seam allowance.
Time to complete: 3 to 4 hours
First worn: Yesterday for photos.
Total cost: All the materials were from the stash! Yeah! I think I paid around $12 for the pattern.
Notes: Next time I will a more ease to the waist. Also shorten the waist a little bit.

And this photo. Because, flamingos! For those who may not know I’m hosting a “Color Recipes for Spring” photo contest, and there are still a few days left. You can read the details on how to enter here. (The deadline has been move to Sunday May 3rd!) For inspiration see this post and my interpretation of the color descriptions here.

  1. I really like the blouse you made… I am real bad at sewing double fold bias tape … Do you have any tips that can help me… Is that pattern available at a fabric store?

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