Thursday, July 21, 2016

• Nautical 1940s Blouse •



Today's post is about a simple little blouse I made back in March of 2015.  This post has been very long in the making!!  ;)  Somehow I just never got pictures of it, so we remedied that this past week.

The fabric was originally purchased for an apron, but true to form, I cobbed it for a garment instead.  ;)  The only problem was, there was just one yard of it, so I had to come up with a way to fit a blouse out of that amount.  I settled on using Simplicity 1692, and sewed a strip of solid blue fabric on the bottom of the blouse, a couple of inches below the waist.  I never wear the blouse untucked, so it works out just fine.




Things didn't go quite as smoothly as planned, however.  First off, I had a dull needle, so it was pulling threads to its heart's content on the shoulder seams before I realized it.  Boo.  It has only taken me, what, 3 years?  But I finally am remembering to check/change needles between projects, and in between times as well.  It's definitely worth the very slight effort to avoid ruining a garment. 

The second hiccup was one that is rather hilarious; I picked up the scissors to snip off a stray thread, and what do I do instead?  Just snip a hole in the back of my blouse.  No big deal, you know.  AGH!!!  I patched it up as best I could (which wasn't that good, but.....), so I don't really notice it now, but what a thing to do!!!  Lesson learned; be extra careful when clipping threads with giant shears.  :P 




The neckline and sleeves are edged with baby ricrac, and a bow accents the front neckline.  It's a very simple style, but a rather cute one nonetheless.





Ironically, I ended up making a scarf out of this striped fabric, which happened to be the accent fabric that I was going to use on the nautical apron.  :)  Rather unfortunate for my Etsy shop, but nice for me!! 




Paired with the blouse is my Vogue 1019 skirt.  My wardrobe is severely lacking in the skirt department, but I am working on a 1940s skirt right now, so hopefully that problem will be remedied soon.  

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14 comments:

  1. Seeing as how it is 97* here today, this looks like the perfect, cool, summery blouse. :) Love the basic style, the anchor print!!! and ricrac....the bow is a fun touch! Never would have thought of that. Heh heh, guess what I did the other day when altering a skirt...snipped a nice gash right in the FRONT with my tiny pointed razor scissors! Tiny piece of fusible interfacing to the rescue. Hopefully the wash won't wreck it. :p I'm sewing like crazy today...am actually getting somewhere! *ahem* Chemise is done. :D Love you!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah A.!! :) It really is a good blouse for summer, and in fact, I might just be whipping another one up for a certain trip I'm taking soon! ;)
      Good night, I bet you were positively *thrilled* when you snipped that skirt! Oh dear!!! I hope the interfacing will keep it intact. Yipe!
      Love you too! :)

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  2. The rickrack bow collar is so immensely sweet + charming. What a marvelous way to further enliven a beautiful blouse.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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  3. This is such a lovely blouse. You've made me want to get that pattern out again and work on grading it down. Such a perfect pattern for a small amount of fabric

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    1. Aw, thank you, Kaitlyn!! You should definitely try making it again! I know what you mean about grading it down; the pattern allows an awful lot of ease and extra, unwanted space, but once you get it narrowed down (and in my case, make the armholes a smaller circumference), it fits really well. Hope it works for you!! :)

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  4. Oh squeeeeee!!! You know me!! I LOVE nautical themed everything!! So this blouse makes me so happy!! And I totally would have freaked out if I had cut a hole in the back of the blouse!! Hahaha!! I can just imagine your expression!! Anyhoo, you look fabulous!!
    Blessings!!
    g

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    1. Thank you SO much, Gina!!! :) You are so kind! You are definitely the queen of historical nautical-themed wear! All of your sailor dresses and outfits are always incredibly gorgeous.
      Hahaha, yes, I think you can imagine my expression!! ;) I think it was something like a gaping fish for about five minutes, followed by hysterical laughter. ;)
      Thanks so much for commenting!! I always love to hear from you.

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  5. Ooooh! This is SO much fun!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Miss Michelle!! <3

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  7. Oh how pretty! You accidentally cutting a hole in your blouse back, well last night I was snipping off my crochet and to my horror snipped the wrong one, so I had to reattach it with a teeny knot. I was quite cross with myself x

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    1. Thank you, Melanie!! Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear you had a similar experience with your crocheting project. :( I'm glad it was fixable though!!

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