Vintagey Blouse

I’ve finally finished my vintage style blouse.


I made it using a vintage pattern I found at a shop in St Kevin’s Arcade on K Road. This pattern was more vintage than most of what I would describe as vintage. Its the type that comes before printed patterns, the type that only has holes to indicate where the notches, darts and button holes should go. It was kinda intimidating but it did make it easier for doing my tailor’s tacks.


I chose to make View 2 out of a polyester crepe de chine from Global Fabrics (have you seen their new winter fabrics – be still my beating heart!) I thought that this fabric had great blouse potential as its so lovely and drape-y. It’s just lovely to wear too, it’s very light and cool.


The blouse closes by buttoning up at the back. Although I picked very plain buttons I like the simple look they create. I spent the better part of the morning looking at buttons for this blouse as I had my heart set on something Mother of Pearl looking but the only ones I could find were shank buttons but that would that would drive me insane!


I chose not to put the facings in partly because I abhor facings and partly because this fabric is a tad sheer and I thought it might look odd to see the line where they ended. Instead I finished the neckline using store bought bias seam binding. I finished the sleeves with bias binding too (which is why they flare up a little) but this was actually advised – do I get points for following the instructions?


Recognise that skirt? That’s my Ginger by Colette Patterns.

PSA: Will you be in Auckland the weekend of 27 – 27 April? Do you love to sew? Come to the inaugural meet up! All welcome!


41 thoughts on “Vintagey Blouse”

  1. Good choice of fabric. Very soft and feminine. I admire you for using tailor’s tacks. I don’t know if I could do that. Without a traced line my stitching gets crooked.


  2. Wow it is a gorgeous blouse. I love the details around the neckline and actually love the way the sleeves stand out a little with the bias edges. Perfect pairing with your lovely ginger too. Just beautiful.


  3. Oh my the Global emails tempt me so baaad! 🙂 Your blouse is cute, I want it, loving the buttons at the back, such a nice touch, and the collar looks so dreamy and floaty, you picked the perfect fabric.


  4. Looks great with the skirt, I can also see it with a cute capri pant for spring/summer. The dolman sleeve and buttons down the back remind me of Gertie’s Bow Tie Blouse which I am wrestling with at the moment. I think you were spot on with the fabric choice it really makes the loose tie at the front sit so well. Loooove this!


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