Vintage Sewing

1959 Blouse

May 26, 2012
McCall's 5079

Hi everyone, This is my first post here, and my first completed project from a vintage pattern.
McCall's 5079
McCall’s 5079 is from 1959. I made view C out of Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in Lipstick. I’d like to make the other views too!

McCall's 5079 untucked

Does anyone know what the frown-y drag lines near the armscye mean? Does the armscye need to be shortened? Or would just a little more width/ease across the chest help?

Any thoughts appreciated!
More photos and info on my blog.

  1. Great color, and you did a really nice job on the collar!

    I would definitely add more ease, or possibly even size up – I see signs of slight pulling at several of the buttons, and at least in the fashion drawings this blouse is meant to have an easier, more body-skimming fit. If the back fits well, you might keep the back pieces the same but size up the front ones.

  2. please do not lower the armhole, it will make the blouse fit very badly indeed!
    you need a bit more ease in the bust, I would suggest cutting the fronts from the next size up to slove the problem, as you just seem to need the extra in the front.

  3. I just thought about it – you could improve the fit on this version by moving the buttons over a little, just to get that extra bit more room. I’d also add a snap between the buttons at the waist to keep that spot closed where it’s wanting to gape a little.

  4. I wouldn’t go up a size because it would be too big in the shoulders and neck area. You need to learn to do a Full Bust Adjustment commonly referred to as FBA. You will need to do this on all patterns if you are bigger than a B cup size. All patterns (unless otherwise stated) are drafted for a B cup. There are lots of tutorials on the internet to see how this is done and it will make a world of difference in how your clothes will fit. Yes, it is a bit of a pain to alter the pattern to fit rather than just sewing it up and hoping it will fit; but your end product will be superior.

  5. Thanks for all of the input! It’s so helpful to have all of your thoughts on this. I’ll do what I can to make this work, and I’ll be sure to post the next version. Cheers, Lynn

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