Simplicity 6110, copyright 1973
Simplicity 6110, Misses’ Blouse, Skirt and Pants
Seventies fashion always makes me smile. I absolutely love the exuberance of this era’s designs: cheerful, big buttons, the oh-so wide pointy collar that spreads from sleeve cap to shining sleeve cap, it all makes me grin.
According to the envelope, “This design has the new narrow shoulder look. The shoulder length of the pattern is shorter and the head of the sleeve is higher.”
I sewed this up using Michael Miller’s “Little Lifesavers” quilting cotton. This type of fabric is perfect for the way I wash and wear clothes. That is to say, hot water, high heat in the dryer, and I’ll likely spill something down the front every other wearing.
Fitting was simple, as there is no bust dart. Instead, the front is gathered into yokes. By comparing the measurement of the pattern to a blouse that fits, I determined I only need to make a rounded upper back and swayback adjustment.
I also shortened the sleeves about an inch and a quarter. Otherwise, they end at my elbow crease, making my waist look wide. Between the wide collar and the short, cuffed sleeves, it appears I have a waist (I’m actually pretty square).
Can you dig my exuberant collar?
I wanted to emphasize the very pointed collar and cuffs. I tried Pellon 950S, ShirTailor, which gave a crisp feel to both.
Sewing the blouse was incredibly straight forward. The instructions are clearly written, and the diagrams quite helpful.
The oversize buttons that I love didn’t look quite right down the front of the blouse. I happened to have two sets of the same orange buttons in different diameters. What can I say? I like orange buttons, so I have a lot of them. The three-quarter inch diameter buttons matched the scale of the little lifesavers, and I like the effect much better.
But the cuffs, oh, man, the cuffs were made for the orange 1 1/8″ buttons. The sheer exuberance of oversize orange buttons makes me so happy!