Jumbo Ric Rac

Simplicity 3777

by Maddy on December 17, 2013 · 5 comments

in 1950s,Blouses,Jumbo Ric Rac

Sorry, but I can’t magically write sewing puns as well as you all do. As promised, though, I finished my Simplicity 3777 blouse! I started this a while ago and used my first muslin, put it aside for a long time because I had to make bound buttonholes, and now that I’m running into them everywhere decided to give it a go. My practice buttonhole was perfect, and when I went to do my blouse, it looked so good but I forgot to do the buttonholes. By that time, I had already sewn closed the facing. So my buttonholes aren’t perfect.

This was once again very big, and I thought that when I did the muslin it would be ok, but it turned out still pretty big. It actually fit me much differently than I was used to: the waist was supposed to be too big according to the measurements, but it was perfect and the bust and above the waist were large.

I also did my first covered buttons, and they turned out very nicely.

I made this to go with a mustard colored skirt I made, but that doesn’t fit me right now.

Let me know what you think!

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There’s no such thing as too much ric-rac!

When Abby from BlueGingerDoll showed me her latest skirt design I knew straightaway it would be right up my alley.  To me, it feels like a casual late-1940′s skirt, but it could be styled for a 1950s or 1960s look quite easily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fit is really flattering, flared enough to be comfortable but not so flared that it will fly up in a stiff breeze. I love the popped pockets, and chose the plain waist band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This polka-dotted quilter’s cotton has been waiting for the right project for a year, and I trimmed the skirt with ric-rac around the pockets and waist band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only problem I encountered was not having an amazing blouse to wear with my new skirt! It was time to try out Mail Order 4820 (from the late 50s I believe).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The western feel of the blouse pattern seemed the perfect fit for the Peggy skirt (with mandatory ric-rac trim again). I was suprised at how much ease was built into the blouse pattern (it doesnt show on the envelope) but at least it mean’t I didnt have to grade up a size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does anyone find it hard to find the perfect blouse to wear with 1950′s circle skirts? I think this is the winner for me – light for summer, and good for dancing.

As always, more details are on my blog - and the Peggy Skirt is available on Blue Ginger Doll’s website here.

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I’m back with another, vintage dress remake! I have an obsession for rick rack, and fell in love with this blue dress covered in rick rack, that was posted on the Coletterie blog. I knew that I had to make my own, and finished it just in time for my first anniversary!

 

I used 35 yards of rick rack to cover this simple princess seamed bodice and semi- circle skirt. I marked the pattern and then the dress, with lines 2″ apart and then sewed rick rack over the lines. I think it’s pretty close to the orignal!

To read the whole story head over to my blog: Erika Made It

 

 

 

 

 

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I posted a while back about a 1950s style patio skirt I made and I finally got around to making the matching blouse to go with it!

I used Butterick 7328 for the blouse and added ric rac trim to match the skirt.

I did a circle of red, then gold, the red again ric rac around the blouse following the line of the yoke. I also added some red ric rac to the collar. I wish I had had some of the black trim from the skirt leftover, but it was vintage and I only had enough to go around the skirt twice.

Overall, I’m very happy with the project! I never need an excuse to wear ridiculous amounts of ric rac!

More photos and construction details over on the blog!

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