Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Say Hello to Summer, 50's style

I'll bet you didn't know that "interesting things are happening to the scoop-necked blouse." But apparently Butterick thinks there are.

Unless they've changed their position some time in the last 50 or so years. Judging by the expression on the model's face, she quite agrees. Just check out that flair, that tiny wasit, that perfectly flipped hair!

Unfortunately, I have neither a tiny waist nor perfectly flipped hair. But I do have the blouse! I recently made up (read, "finished sometime late last night") Butterick 8614, a vintage 50's blouse pattern.

I love the concept of including the sleeve in the bodice, thereby foregoing the often arduous task of setting in sleeves. The pattern illustration gives the appearance of bias tape around the collar -- in actuality, it's topstitching that creates the look. Since I was using a patterned material, I decided to modify the pattern to include the bias tape.

I'd love to try it again in a solid at some point -- the bias tape worked fine, but changing the facing involved some significant alteration. One thing I loved about this pattern was the darts; normally I loathe darts, and do everything in my power to avoid them. But these were the easy-to-match-up, no-finagling-necessary kind of darts. I decided to add a simple sash belt, to create the illusion of a waistline. *wink*

I think this blouse has a bit of an "Anthopologie-esque" look to it, which I like. But best of all, it's light and airy. And in Florida, that's not something to be taken for granted! I'm now officially inspired to delve into my collection of vintage patterns to spruce up my summer wardrobe.


  1. Oh, how delightful, Shannon!
    When I saw the blouse, the words simply vintage sweetness came into mind. How lovely!
    And the fabric is beautiful!

    Joyfully in Jesus,

  2. You are such an amazing seamstress! I love the beautiful fabric! How fun - it must be lovely to wear in the hot Florida weather!


  3. How pretty! I love the colors you choose and the vintage pattern is so much fun. Gotta love the 50s!

  4. It's lovely and looks wonderful on you! I love the bias trim. It looks great! You look like you have a waist to me, but I know what you mean. I'm wearing one of my S&S Swing dresses today, and I was thinking how much I like what it does to make it look like I have a waist!

  5. You are so talented my dear! :D It looks lovely on you...love the fabric choice as well. :) Ah, those vintage patterns are so darling! :D I love them! ;)

    Blessings to you! :D

  6. It's a lovely top! To this new mom, you most definitely have a waistline, too! :-P

  7. Oooo! Your sewing projects are always so fresh and inspiring, and yes, "Anthopologie-esque" too which I like. =) Thankyou for sharing!

  8. A wonderful vintage pattern and a lovey blouse!!! It does remind me somewhat of anthropologie, except its so much more modest than some of theres. :) I love the blue flowers and the neck line as well! a great sewing job Shannon! God bless!

    In Christ,

  9. So cute - I love the print of the material you chose and the waist tie finishes it off perfectly!

  10. Love it! Your blouses are always so beautiful. Amazing workmanship :)


    Lauren Christine

  11. Charming! I love the ribbon tie you added. = )


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