1940s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

Vintage Style 1940s Blouse

May 22, 2015


I’m excited to be contributing my very first project to We Sew Retro!  This top went together surprisingly fast (er ah, it was preempted with M6993 and other sewing projects).  There are sure to be more of these babies coming from me and Tabitha (my 1925 hand crank sewing machine) in the months ahead.

The pattern calls for six 1/2″ buttons; to my stash I went.  Lookie what I found!



Since I’ve been sewing vintage style garments I have come to love the double dart feature many of the patterns feature. As I whittle down my waist (ahem) I am sure they will be even more gorgeous.


The fact that my stash had five matching buttons did not stop me from using this one wonky button.  From where I stand it simply adds to the uniqueness of my vintage-style blouse.  Oh how eccentric of me don’t you think?

Simplicity 1692 Left Shoulder

Simplicity 1692 Shoulder Shot

The really cool thing I like about this blouse is that I made it from a repurposed cotton table cloth.  Not sure if it was vintage or not, but I like the feel of it.  There is also a subtle pattern in the weave that does not show up in my photographs.


This vintage style blouse is a definite re-do.  It was quick to make as well as fun.  There is no end to the vintage style embellishments that may be used for this retro Simplicity 1692, View D, beauty.  For inquiring minds and those who did not have a chance to visit my blog here are my project stats:

Project Stats:

  • Fabric – Vintage cotton table cloth (less than $2.00)
  • Thread – 40% off sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • Invisible zipper – Repurposed
  • Vintage Cotton Rick Rack – pert near free
  • Vintage buttons – pert near free
  • Difficulty:  Intermediate




  1. I saw a blouse just like this on the cover of a 1940s magazine…same color scheme, same rickrack bow! I loved it then and I love it now. Perfect for summer!

  2. I LOVE your blouse. The buttons are perfect and the ricrac is a great compliment, I can see this in a ton of fabrics.

  3. What a lovely blouse. The color combination give it such a fun summer look, especially the red rick rack. I have to add that the material selection was quite impressive. I will start look at the table cloths at the thrift shops in a whole new light. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  4. That blouse is ADORABLE and you are super cute in those sunglasses! I have this pattern and I’ve wanted to make it up, but I’ve been a little afraid it wouldn’t actually be cute, but now I’ve got to try it myself.

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