1940s | Blouses | Skirts

simplicity 2304 and 2571: thinking about “the peasant look”

October 20, 2011
Simplicity 2571 Simplicity 2034

i have to admit that it was news to me when i saw peasant looks such as these going as far back as the 1940s. in my head, these had always been such a 70s symbol, or a natural retreat for a suburban teenager fancying herself a bit more bohemian and retro than her high school counterparts (ahem).

but really, the fun bit for me was discovering that even in the 40s, teenage girls loved to play with simple, feminine ruffles.

i spent some time acquiring both patterns in the hopes of making a matching set.


i didn’t quite go all out on the ruffle, although i have enough ribbon to. i just love the yellow trim, which is exactly the same shape as some of the yellow designs on the tuesday trees print. i do think it needs a bow, though.


so then i had a strip, literally, of flowery meadow left over from my mccall party dress. i also had some strange crinkle cotton from paron’s leftover from a SWAG birthday dinner dress for my sister. (that she refuses to photograph for me). and i still wanted to make that top.

obviously, side seams…need some serious nipping and tucking to get a more 40s-style waist.

matched top? what matched top?
oh…the one cut up, unsewn and “put away” somewhere i can’t even find it.

maybe next summer…?

full post at puu’s door of time.

  1. When I saw the pattern, I was immediately drawn to the shirt you made. I love the peasant look when done with crisp cottons and linens, not in bright colored jerseys like what became so popular in cheap clothing recently. Yours looks great. 🙂 I love that red skirt with the buttons down the front, too.

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