Shirts

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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Hello!  I have been following this blog for a while, but haven’t had the nerve to post until now!  I typically sew 1950s dresses and circle skirts, but when I saw Simplicity 1590, I knew I had to give the ’40s a try.  After nearly an hour of searching JoAnn’s sales racks, I found a lovely peach and white flowered fabric that draped beautifully, and some pretty pearl buttons.

The pattern was fairly easy, and I was able to finish it in two nights.  My fabric turned out to be a little see-through, so I’ll have to wear a camisole under it.  It’s also a little loose, which I attribute to both the fit of ’40s blouses, and probably my choice in sizes to make!

The back picture really doesn’t do the shirt justice.  The fabric drapes beautifully, but wrinkles terribly.

Overall, I’m fairly happy with the outcome of my blouse.  It fits a lot looser than the blouses I typically wear, but I can get used to that.  I’m not sure what I’ll wear with it…pants or a pencil skirt?  I guess it’s time to start looking for a new pattern!

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After some uncomfortably warm temperatures and my poor fella only having one decent cool-weather shirt, I decided to try something new and sew a men’s shirt.

I used a contemporary pattern with a classic, ageless style (Vogue 8800) and picked a blue and brown tiki print cotton fabric. I thought the combination evoked a very retro feel.

The pattern worked up quickly and incorporated some nice techniques like flat-felled seaming.  It made for a fast, fun project and I’ve already purchased more fabric to make another.

Check out my blog for a bit more.

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You may remember my black Swiss dot peasant blouse I made a while back. In keeping with my Summer peasant blouse series, the second blouse using Butterick 9768 has been made!

Butterick Peasant Blouse

 This time I used a raw silk with the most adorable fruit and floral print ever!

Fruity Peasant Blouse

 I am thrilled with how it came out. The weight of this fabric is perfect for this pattern. It’s also such a quick project!

Fruity Peasant Blouse

 How adorable is this print?

Fruity Peasant Blouse

 One more  peasant blouse to go for this summer! To read more about my peasant blouse series visit my blog; Bobbins And Bombshells! 

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