Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blouses on the brain...

...1940's ruffled blouses that is.  I absolutely adore them.  Check out these amazing patterns (all from the vintage pattern wiki).  I love this Butterick pattern and the tab detail:


 What about this Hollywood pattern?  I love the way it ties in front:


 And then there's this Vogue pattern which is so sophisticated:


And then we can't leave out my absolute favorite pattern company, McCall and this beauty:


 And here is Lauren Bacall in just the hint of ruffle (image from the amazing Couture Allure blog):


And what about this ruffled blouse and skirt suit combo from what looks like the late 1930's:


And you must check out Susannah's ruffle blouse she made from a 1943 pattern.

So, I'm taking all this inspiration and am working on a ruffled blouse of my own from this 1944 pattern:


I'm planning to make view 2 in a blue/grey material with either bright blue or hot pink buttons (I haven't decided)....

18 comments:

  1. We both going through the same phase! I'm totally in love with blouses right now, just purchased the sencha pattern to sew up the next few days I have off. The pink version with the tabs is very cute, though probably not cute enough for me to do all the tucks. The smocked one is my absolute favorite, it's has just enough without being too fussy. Love this post!

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  2. Mmmm... I love them too... in theory and in pictures. And on other people! On me, sadly, I feel like a clown whenever I wear one.
    I hope I grow up some time so that I can carry them off ;-)!
    Very pretty examples, I might give it a go with something like the Vogue blouse, or the Hollywood one... niiice!

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  3. Drool... That first pattern is particularly amazing - each blouse is so intricate, it's like looking at an Esher drawing...

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  4. Yum! - that's going to look so lovely in blue/grey!
    (doesn't Lauren Bacall look just stunning - a real lesson in how to wear understated ruffles!)

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  5. That's ever so funny, same here, my mind is set on a pile of summer blouses right now. Separates are so practical. And your examples would match perfectly with the simplicity 1940s pants, I saw you made as well. I will try a few 1930s blouses (hard to find) and the sencha one as well. :-)

    I guess the top of the dress on your profile picture could be a nice blouse. It's really pretty. And compliments to your blog,

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  6. So much inspiration there! Good luck with the blouse sewing - can't wait to hear all about it. Love the idea of bright buttons.

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  7. Ooh how lovely - I also like the Hollywood one that ties in the front! Gorgeous with your high-waisted trousers!

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  8. They are all still so wearable today! Isn't the Hollywood one clever - I bet it is really flattering!

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  9. The Hollywood one is awesome, would love to see that made up with the waist ties.

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  10. Oh I like view 4, a ruffley blouse is on my list of 'to sew's too! The list gets longer every time I see another sewing site though LOL

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  11. I'd love to see you whatever you make from those patterns! Especially the smocked McCall one!

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  12. McCall had the best blouse designs in the 1940s. Love their artwork as well.

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  13. i'm obsessed with finding the perfect blouse atm too (to go with the 40's suit that have yet to make!). in my case it has to have a gathered yoke and bishop sleeves, and most importantly a flattering neckline. but it seems that as hemlines rose in the 40s the necklines went with them. high necklines plus square shoulders does nothing for me :(

    good luck with this, looking forward to seeing what you come up with :)

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  14. Ooh yes! I look forward to seeing that one made up! I am trying to stop myself looking for more vintage blouse patterns and make up the ones I've got, but I keep feeling like I should "rescue" them by buying them when I see them.

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  15. Oh, hot pink buttons all the way! :) I love the Hollywood blouse pattern, too.

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  16. great ruffle blouse design ideas! can't wait to see what you make!

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  17. I love the Hollywood blouse that ties in the front - especially the view with ruffles around the neck! I haven't seen one like that before.

    Oh darn, if only I could sew!
    - S

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  18. what wonderful patterns, one reminds me so much of my Grandmother. Look forward to seeing your blouse.

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

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