1970s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

My first blouse

October 16, 2016

70s Blouse

I’m a newbie, newish to sewing and brand new to WeSewRetro. Vintage sewing and I have had a bit of a rocky road on the way to where we are now. I’ll admit at first, I didn’t see the appeal.

Then my great aunt heard that I wanted to sew and sent me a box of patterns she had used when she was a school sewing teacher. The patterns ranged from mid 60s – mid 70s, and slowly as I looked through them all I kinda fell in love with the style.

Style 4721I used Style 4721 from 1974 and made View 2, but shortened the sleeves. I also used snaps instead of buttons. The fabric is vintage cotton that I inherited from my grandmother, so I’m not sure how old it is.


Close up

This is the first blouse I have ever sewn, and while it’s not perfect I’m actually pretty stoked with it. I’m really digging the neck tie. I think this is definitely a pattern I will make again.


  1. It looks like it fits very well and suits you wonderfully too! Good job lining up those diagonals! I hope you try more of her patterns and share them here too – I’ve got a stash with some from that era but have never made them up.

    1. Thanks so much. I’m actually already working on a couple of things, Hopefully they turn out good enough for the blog 🙂

  2. I love the blouse with the cute collar. The fabric looks so retro, too! Love it. Well done. I have my fictional characters sew things just like this! Inspirational!

  3. its gorgeous – well done. shortening the sleeves has given it a great contemporary twist! and a highly individual look…well done – love the sit of the sleeves – perfect

  4. I also have this pattern and buy vintage patterns where ever and whenever I can. In fact, a bureau is full of them. I was hoping to search the internet to see if I could find a photo of someone wearing this blouse since the pattern has drawings only. I agree with the others who have posted ; you’ve done a bang-up job on your blouse. Now, I have to alter my pattern from the size 20 I have to one that will fit me. Perhaps I will try the longer tie version but with slightly shorter cuffs. Incidentally, this blouse could have been part of my sewing repertoire in 1974 when it was published since I was at university during this time. ha ha.
    P.S. Don’t you love the Great British Sewing Bee? So far, I’ve bought a couple of the accompanying books and look forward to the next series.

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