Vintage Sewing

A Tribute to the Spitfire Women of the ATA

September 23, 2011
Earlier this year I saw a BBC documentary film called ‘Spitfire Women’. I had no inkling these women even existed and was quite enamoured with their story. One comment from the documentary really stuck with me: The Spitfire was a plane you wore, a real lady’s plane. My aim was to find a garment which embodied this statement, so I searched my 40s patterns for something pretty, feminine and practical and came up with Simplicity 4139.

This pattern appears to have been pretty popular in its day, there are a lot of them still in circulation and I’ve seen it on eBay regularly. I chose View 1 for its sexy deep V neckline; the long, floaty sleeves; and, more importantly, it has only one button. My god I hate buttonholes!
More details on the Spitfire Women and blouse construction can be found on my blog: A New Ball of String.

  1. There was a similar program in the US – I found out about it because I checked out this book from my library hoping to find some good ideas for hair styles!

    Gorgeous blouse!

  2. That's lovely! It's totally wearable without looking like a costume, but really still captures the retro look. Nicely done.

  3. that blouse is really stunning. it's elegant and classic and completely wearable, but it has this fabulous flair from the vintage details and oversized button. really amazing job!

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