Advance 5232 Blouse in Liberty Silk

By on April 10, 2016

A few days ago, someone on the WeSewRetro fb page asked if anyone ever used liberty silk, which prompted me to revisit and finish this blouse. I started last Autumn.  I had picked up some Liberty Silk a few months previous, and as it was relatively expensive and I was only buying it on a whim I bought .75m, which was really limiting my making options.


I got this pattern on Vintage Pattern Bazaar and thought it perfect for the Liberty, which it really was.  I had to grade up one size, as well as taking a small bit of the shoulders as I was not going to put shoulder pads in.  I cut it out and it all just about fitted (the selvedge were incorporated into the back seam.  I also decided to sew it on an old Brother/Jones machine as it had a silk setting and I was curious to know what that was.  I soon found out it means sewing in tiny tiny stitches which ended up being a bit of a pain, and if I was to do it again, I would just sew on my usual singer at usual settings.  The main reason it was a pain, is that I also did the gathering (what was I thinking) and the top-stitching in this stitch.  The top stitching looked awful.  it made the shirt look ‘country and western’ style and as I was in no mood to take out tiny stitches, I popped it into my wardrobe so not to look at it for a while (head in sand etc).

Anyway, when the post came up on facebook, it was a timely reminder to finish the blouse.  I undid the top stitch and sewed the yoke underneath, and it looked way better.  I hand hemmed, and put a cream button and loop (I couldn’t remember where the fabric scraps were to cover the button and make a new loop – so now – blouse finished.  Liberty silk is lovely to work on.  the weave is very dense and fine (and very strong!).


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1950s | Dresses

vogue 7270: what is a cowl supposed to look like, anyway?

By on November 15, 2011

or, the “love and beauty shock” dress–as in, shock that i actually constructed something out of my favorite liberty print of all time without a disaster.

honestly, i am not even sure if that is what a cowl is supposed to look like when it is constructed and draped on a form.

Pattern Description:

bias-cut, dart-fitted bodice with cowl neckline in front and boat neckline in back. sleeve facings cut-in-one with bodice. eight-gored, flared skirt goes below knee for cocktail length.

Pattern Sizing: size 12, 30 bust

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

very nearly. i shortened the skirt so it hit just above the knee but preserved all other details.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

no. as an early 1950s vogue pattern, the instructions are sparse and vague. i particularly had issues understanding the order of construction and the finishing of the sleeve facings.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

basic, elegant style lines and the flared skirt.

Fabric Used:

liberty of london crepe-de-chine “minako” purchased on ebay.co.uk

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

i shortened the by folding it up from the waistline and re-drawing the gores to preserve the shape and flare. i added circumference to the bodice to accommodate my own size.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

definitely recommend a dress in this style as a 1950s classic that can easily be modernized–it’s truly timeless.

full post at puu’s door of time

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