Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 7353 1976

August 30, 2011
I have wanted to make this shirt for a while now but couldn’t find the right fabric for it in my stash until now.  When I did finally pull it out I found that the previous owner had made her adjustments to the pattern itself so I had to do a bit of adding seam allowances etc to get it back to the original size.  I don’t mind it when things like this have happened with old patterns, it gives them more character and at least it had been used!

The collar had been majorly cut back, I assume because the style changed so dramatically from the late 70’s to the 80’s.  Besides the collar the shirt is pretty much timeless I think, but as I love a good 70’s collar I altered the piece back to it’s giant pointy proportions!

 The pattern has facings for the armholes which are a nice touch and were drafted perfectly, no easing required, why aren’t modern patterns drafted this well? There are 2 small darts at the top back as well to shape it which are a lovely touch.

 The buttons on the shirt are from my Grandmother’s button box.  They’re not old old but definitely from the 80’s if not a little earlier judging by the price that was on the card they were attached to.

I’m really happy with the way this came out and I’m sure I’ll be using the pattern again in the future.

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  1. I love that you turned the collar back into the original! Great job on the project.

    I had that pattern back in the 70s. I made the long sleeve version a number of times; loved it!

  2. Thank you so much for your post. I inherited a partially sewn blouse with a couple pattern pieces and was trying to find out what the finished product should look like, since I had no photo or instructions. Think it’s exactly the just I’ve got and now I can finish it up with confidence.

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