Tuesday, December 29, 2009

1940's Blouse Finished!

The 1940's blouse I have been working on this month is finished!  I used my DuBarry 5327 Pattern from 1942.

I chose to view 2A in a nice flower pattern with fabric I had picked up at a JoAnn's fabric store on the Oregon Coast.

Despite being an unprinted pattern, I found all the directions and actual construction to be fairly easy.  This was a lot of 'firsts' for me: first unprinted pattern, first pleats, first gathers, first buttonholes, first covered buttons, first hem, and my first set-in sleeves.  I definitely plan on using this pattern again and again!

The sleeves have these great little pleats on them:

There are pleats at the bottom front and back which makes it super easy to tuck this blouse into pants or a skirt.  The pleats on the back also give a bit of a pouffy look to the back which I think is great:

 And I covered the buttons in the front with the same fabric:

Ah, I love it!!  Now I feel inspired to make a 1940's skirt in a matching color (purple??)



  1. David Lawrence GrantDecember 29, 2009 9:55 PM

    You're so amazing!
    I love how you've just delved into uncharted territories and worked so hard to make this! It's beautiful, and I love all the details.

    You did an excellent job, sweetie. Can't wait to see what you do next!

  2. Wow... so many firsts! And your blouse came out beautifully! Congratulations!

  3. The blouse is adorable, and your hair, it's phenomenal. I wish I could get my hair to do that. Is there a name for this glorious style, or maybe a tutorial floating around?

  4. Thanks! I started watching a tutorial that was posted on another blog for a fake victory roll. Check it out here: www.blogforbettersewing.com under 'accoutrements: style and beauty picks'. I tried to do this but my hair was just too long (it's nearly down to my waist). Instead, I just rolled it over my fingers (similar to what a curling iron would do) and pinned it in place. Since my hair is so long, I ended up splitting the remaining hair in the back into four sections and doing half rolls (rolling as if to do a pin curl but leaving the end free and just pinning the rolled piece) to give my hair the effect of being shorter. Basically, I just pieced it together! But maybe if I get better at it, I'll put together a tutorial--thanks for the compliment! :-)

  5. I love the covered buttons, they're a really nice touch!

  6. I love the covered buttons too! They were pretty easy to do. And I am very happy how they turned out!

  7. Oooh, that blouse is beautiful, I love it! It fits you really well too (multi-darted waists are a pain to sew I think, but they do look great on). And the covered buttons make it top-notch.
    I hope I will find a pattern that fits me for a similar one (I have a couple to try)!
    Busy making myself a dress-form now though... Btw, have a Happy New Year!

  8. Wow! I can't wait to see your dress form. I should do that too. I just try everything on and pin pattern pieces on myself--which is a bit of a pain! Have a Happy New Year!!!

  9. Isn't it great to find a pattern that just *works* on you? I love that gathered back, it ooks really practical as well as pretty. So often vintage clothes look lovely but are a bit restrictive in movement. And grest buttons!

  10. Beautiful! I've debated making this pattern before myself, and now I think I need to.

  11. oh my, that just looks great:)

  12. Oooh I love this!!! (And didn't I tell you I was gonna trawl right through your blog? Lol)


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