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??)

14 comments:

  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!

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

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  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?

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  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! :-)

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

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

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  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!

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  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!!!

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  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!

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

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  11. oh my, that just looks great:)

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

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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