Most of you will know by now that I was born in the wrong decade.
Recently I have been clearing out my wardrobe and I am proud to say that I now have more hand sewn garments than RTW ones. What I have also found out about myself is that I seem to be drawn to the styles of the 1940’s and 50’s. These are the clothes that I feel really comfortable in – ok, I may dress a little different to the average person but I feel more at ease with my appearance and I have gained confidence in how I look.
My latest make is a lovely vintage blouse that channels my inner land girl and fulfils another Vintage Pledge!
I found this lovely pattern on ebay for about £4 – I do love a bargain!
I have a ‘habit’ at scouring the interweb for old patterns. I like the art work and the reading the instructions takes you back in time. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside to know that someone else (a long time ago) made the garment before me and in the very same way. It’s like having your own piece of history to cherish!
I decided to make view C as this was the one that initially caught my eye – although I may well be making the other two at some point as they are all lovely!
I bought some lovely and inexpensive red polka dot fabric from Ditto in Brighton specifically for this project. It is a lightweight cotton that will be cool during the Summer and will team up nicely with a cardigan when the weather isn’t so good (it’s very hit and miss here in Blighty!)
The instructions were easy to follow and the blouse went together well. I didn’t make any real adjustments to the pattern but I did make the sleeves a little shorter. Next time I will add another inch or two at the hem – this is just me being fussy!
My favourite thing about this garment is the collar! It is such a flattering shape and sits beautifully *sighs a happy sigh*
Now for some posing for the camera…
The buttons were bought from The Stitchery in Lewes and as soon as I saw them knew they would be perfect for this blouse!
So, the second blouse has already been made and I just need to stitch on the buttons. It has a very different look as I have chosen a floral fabric and smaller buttons but it still has a vintage theme! I’ll be making several of these in this future too.
Until next time…