1940s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

40s inspired blouse

April 2, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I was preparing some projects for a sewing weekend I attended. I wanted to use one basic blouse pattern and create three different blouses out of it.


For inspiration I browsed the internet and took a look at my own vintage patterns. This time, I preferred using a modern pattern and alter it because I have used it already and knew the fit was good. It really saved me some time preparing the patterns and I could avoid making muslins too. Besides, I really like drafting/altering patterns, this way you can learn so much about pattern design.

I drafted patterns for three different blouses, but I only fnished one of them. The picture below shows a quick sketch of the three blouses. I made the third blouse. The sleeves are changed by shorten them and adding cuffs. I also added a breast pocket.


I don’t have a lot of experience with sewing blouses. Actually this is the second one I ever made. I used to be a bit scared of sewing blouses. With my old sewing machine I wasn’t  able to create a decent button hole let alone multiple button holes. And I always thought collars were difficult to make. But at sewing course I practised them a couple of times and that made me feel more confident about it. As you can read this blouse definitely won’t be my last one to sew. 

  1. Am so impressed, Anthea, that you can draft patterns! Like first & last patterns you included. Great inspiration as I search for my own blouse pattern that fits & also has other options.

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