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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

50's Blouse in Deckchair Stripes


Spring has sprung


I've had this pattern for so long I thought it was about time I made it up.



The lady in the illustration looks vexed - she's obviously abandoned trying to line up her stripes like her neighbour and opted for the plain version. My look of serenity belies the mental torment of stripe matching, which led to a fair bit of unpicking and re-stitching - I am simply exhausted.




As with a lot of vintage patterns, the sizing was hit and miss. The cut is quite roomy, not as fitted as the illustration and might be a bit too blousy tucked in or wasp waisted. 
I really like the shape with capri pants.


The back of the collar has nice detail, if you look to the illustration - it sits up quite perky. I pressed mine to lie flat in a less Elvis stylee.



So all in all a good afternoon's work - and sunshine to boot!


The fabric put me in mind of a dress my mother had which I can only recall in black and white pictures - here she is holding my *big* sister around 1959 I reckon.

11 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow!! You've done a brilliant job on this blouse! Matching the stipes looks amazing and must have been a bit of a pain (LOL!). Well done!

two bones and a bagle said...

Amazing blouse I have lots of vintage patterns but unfortunately I don't have a vintage shaped body - boo. My sewing is ok but I am not good at altering. Maybe one day I will have a go.

Marie said...

This is really lovely and you matched your stripes perfectly!!!

Rita said...

I love the blouse!! And the stripe matching, simply perfection!! I think I have this pattern, I may now have to give it a go.

JeanieB said...

Thanks everyone for lovely comments ..

Debs - I have a TON of vintage patterns, all shapes and sizes, is there a vintage shaped body?! Revisit your patterns, there may something you could have a go at ;-)

Rita - if you do have a go, I'd love to hear how attaching the collar goes - I did have to stare at the instructions for quite a while ..

Lizzy said...

I saw your post in sew retro, I just love your blouse and your hair style....the earing also hehehe
You did a great job! I would like to sew one for me.

Cynthia said...

Very nice blouse!!!

Also, I REALLY want to know how you get your hair like that...I have some natural curl, and have been looking for some pictures to show my stylist. Details please!!

Cynthia said...

Very pretty blouse!! I like the stripes.

also, I REALLY need to know what you do to get your hair like that. I have some natural curl, and would cut my hair if I could get the soft curls like that. My mom and my mother in law used to wear it that way. Details please?

Adelaide B said...

This is super cute!

JeanieB said...

Cynthia - as far as my hair goes, it's so low maintenance - I'm lucky to have quite thick curls. My hairdresser cuts an 'inverted bob' with layers also known as a 'U' cut - or a short 'midi' to use other terms.

It dries naturally with the help of some de-friz or mousse, then I pin a section of fringe away from my forehead and pin some hair behind my right ear.

Flowers and plastic slides help that vintage look.

:-)

lorenakitty said...

I love your blouse! What an amazing job you did on the stripes too. I adore stripes but cringe at the thought of matching them...

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