Monday, August 10, 2015

McCall 3554: The Black Cherry Blouse

I am so happy to share my latest 1940 McCall Project make: 'The Black Cherry Blouse'.  Many of you know that I am collecting and trying to sew my way through the entire 1940 McCall pattern catalogue!  There are a lot of patterns from that year and I just love all of them.  I'm making good progress on the collecting and less on the making! HA!  You can check out my entire 1940 McCall pattern collection on pinterest and also see what I have sewn up so far for the 1940 McCall Project.

This is McCall pattern 3554, which was released at the beginning of 1940.  It can be made up in long or short-sleeve versions.  I opted for the summer friendly short-sleeve version sewn up in a very soft cotton fabric.  The pattern is very busy but if you look closely, it's a bunch of black cherries with little green leaves.

The pattern has two pockets on the front – which almost disappear due the fabric pattern.  These are functional pockets that close with a button.  The back is gathered and attached to a yoke.  The sleeves are not inserted the normal way, rather they are sewn open onto both front and back bodice with a lapped seam and then closed by sewing the entire underarm seam and following that line all the way down the side of the shirt:

The shirt also goes very well with my me-made trousers (made with a TNT reproduction pattern from 1941).  In fact, like these trousers, this shirt pattern could easily become a staple in my wardrobe.  I already want to sew it up in all sorts of fabrics!

YAY! I'm already plotting and planning which 1940 McCall pattern to sew up next.  Any suggestions?

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