Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day • 1950s Blouses

Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms! We had a lovely day yesterday celebrating my mom, with lots of lemon-butter chicken, (chocolate) pie, and (vintage-sewing-related) presents.

A few weeks back when we were shopping for May-Day basket fillers, we happened to see a little bundle of fabric marked "remnants" for sale for $5. We opened it up to discover that these "remnants" were actually four pieces of fabric, two 1-yard pieces, one 1/3 yard piece and one 2/3 yard piece. 
Yes. We bought it. Of course!
The fabrics are two different color variations of the same pattern, perfect for my mom and I to make "matching" blouses! We decided that Mother's Day was the ideal day to wear said matching blouses, so we got them made up last week.

My mom chose the blue-flowered fabric, and I chose the teal. They're so, so pretty and although the material is lightweight, it's very good quality.

I had never made this pattern before now, and I must say I am quite impressed with it. It's very well-made, and the design is gorgeous!

Since the blouse can be worn tucked or untucked, I can wear it with my doesn't-fit skirt! I love the style of it; the pleats are so 1930s-40s.

This blouse marks a very momentous occasion: my first time matching up a pattern! I'm quite happy with how it came out. It's so satisfying that I actually don't despise the idea of pattern-matching any more! Yay!

Hmm. Notice a difference? My mom made her blouse the right way, and I made mine the wrong an alternative way. Genius that I am, I laid out the left front and right front pieces upside down on the right side of the fabric, which resulted in making my left front the right front, and vice versa. Thankfully it wasn't an issue, and I actually rather like having two ways to style the neckline. Just being creative, right? ;)

I just love that hemline detail!
We used the sleeve from Butterick 5920, rather than the pattern sleeve to allow for a little bit of gathering at the sleeve cap.

Last week, Lily of Mode de Lis had a post full of lovely hats for sale! We purchased three of them, one of which is this lovely brown velvet style with a gorgeous braided trim. It's a great addition to our hat wardrobe (there is such a thing, I assure you!).
Thanks for the gorgeous hats, Lily!!

I don't usually wear tulips on my hat, but this is no ordinary tulip. It is called an "Esther" tulip.

They are a beautiful shade of pink, with slightly orange edges, and the inside has highlights of blue! It's really a very aptly named tulip since pink, orange and blue are my favorite colors! :)

I hope you all have a lovely week! The summery, warm weather and green foliage is so gorgeous! 

• I'll be back Friday with part two of the baby gift post! •
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  1. What lovely blouses, Esther! I just love those fabrics!
    What a pretty tulips too!

    Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

  2. Pretty blouses! Love the fabric print! Another mother/daughter post, love those too!
    Beautiful job as always.

    1. Thank you so much, Irene!! I'm so glad to hear you enjoy the mother/daughter posts! :)

  3. I love the details in the neck of those blouses, so dainty.

    1. Thank you, Madison!! I love the neck detail too - it's so elaborate-looking, yet so simple! :)

  4. Your blouses are lovely Esther! The pleats at the neckline look so crisp, and you did an amazing job matching up the print!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

    1. Thank you, Brigid!! :) I'm glad to hear I passed muster. I didn't think I had it in me! ;)

  5. Esther, how lovely you both look :0) thank you so much for sharing .... mari

  6. Lovely, as always! I love the pleat detail on the neckline!

  7. You both look so timelessly lovely. What beautiful blouses - and such a deal on that fabric! Great score!

    I adore there there's a type of flower that shares your name. I'm off to investigate now as to if a "Jessica" bloom exists.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you so much, Jessica!!
      Oooh, I can't wait to hear what you find. :)

  8. What perfect blouses for Spring!
    Your pattern matching is quite impressive; what a great skill to have!

    Love from,

    Calico Sisters blog

  9. I do like these blouses. I would love one for myself.


  10. EEEP! Matching mother/daughter outfits! I love it! I did the same thing this Mother's Day, though I didn't get as far as sewing the matching outfits. A goal for next year?? :) I do like the pleats at the neckline though, they are very cute. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    1. Thank you, Bonita!! I saw your post of you and your daughters - you looked lovely! I imagine it is quite a bit harder to find so much time to sew with a couple of little ones around! :)

  11. (Forgive my tardiness in commenting! It's been a busy month of travel and such. :-))

    I'm so glad to see the velvet hat getting love and enjoyment! Looks positively smashing on your mother! :-)

    1. You are quite forgiven!! :D
      We love the hats very much, and they match a lot of our outfits!! Thank you for them and for your lovely comment!! :)


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