Finished Objects: White Blouse Double Feature

On the left, Simplicity 1403.  On the right, a blouse made from Vogue 8872.  Check out the textures.

1403 comes from the war years.  Remember I said these simple types of patterns often carry a surprise? The sleeves on the top blouse are cut as one with the front, and the back looks like a sleeveless bodice.  Additionally, the recommended fabric merely states “jersey.”  I’m intrigued.

I needed another 1.5″ through the waist and hip; if I made up the pattern without alteration I would only have 1″ of wiggle room in the bust area.  Without pondering long, I cut through the shoulder dart, pivoted at the bust apex, and cut straight down between the front tucks to add 1.5″ to each side of the front.

As part of my New Year’s goals, all new separates must coordinate with at least 5 other existing pieces.  I inherited this long swirly wool skirt from my husband’s grandmother, it’s a favorite.  Graceful, comfy, with pockets.

Cotton-linen gored skirt bought when I first started teaching.

With black linen K. Heps from Simplicity 4044.

With Ramnek skirt.  My daughter did all of today’s photography.  I was buttoning the skirt when she said “smile!”

Hemp-cotton six-gore skirt, Valentine, another favorite.  Months ago, the stitches securing the bar broke so into the mending pile until this afternoon.  I don’t like mending, but I like having my skirt back.  As I dug through the mending basket, I discovered another blouse from *ahem* two years ago.

The pattern is dated 1956, I have several blouses made from it.  I never wore this white version of View A because the cuffs dug into my forearms.  I took off the cuffs and hemmed the sleeves.  Viola, a new blouse for ten minutes’ toil.

My director bade me twirl in the yard.

This blouse can be worn with all the bottoms above (and many black things undocumented).  I wouldn’t wear this linen tulip skirt with bare arms- too much exposed skin for my comfort.

I find my new haircut annoying in the utmost.  It looks too contemporary to me.  I’m toying with knitting a lace snood because I feel that when my hair isn’t “vintage,” my clothes look a little odd.  Ideas?  Help a girl out!


  1. Your Simplicity white blouse is fantastic! Is it dotted swiss? So sweet. Would hot rollers make your hair less modern? Perms on women with medium length hair were popular in the 40s, but I am not sure that they did anyone any favours.

  2. Thanks. I think it is some sort of flocked cheesecloth with a tiny windowpane pattern woven in. Silly me, I forgot all about hot rollers/pin curls/etc. Maybe life is worth living once again. ;)

  3. Same thought: lovely blouses. White is great for combinations of any kind!And also: rollers/curls/pins – away you go :)Just found your blog and I really like it.I guess I share the same New Year's goal concerning matching separates ;)

  4. Everything looks lovely! I agree with the other posters on the hair. I think a big pin set wave in the front on one side would look great.

  5. I just love that Simplicity. I might have to track it down for myself, now. :) And you picked the perfect fabric… light, cool, breezy, and white so it'll go with everything. (My personal favorite was the Ramnek skirt, but I tend to go for a more modern style) And I think your hair is gorgeous! But, definitely, some big rounded curls around your face would 'vintage you up' some. Either way, it's lovely!

  6. Love that Simplicity blouse! I love the little cut on cap sleeves and the bow tie neck. Also love the photography ;). Tyo does mine every once in a while, and she really likes the angled shots—but isn't too picky about making sure things like, oh, my head are in the picture.Wish I had advice on the hair, vintage hair is well beyond my ken as it mostly involves curls, which my hair is allergic to. What about something 20s-ish with finger waves?

  7. I agree about showing too much skin. When I wear something shorter I like to have my arms mostly covered, too. I think your hair looks great! Though curls would be fun, too.

  8. I notice you use hemp a lot – interesting, do you prefer it to linen, and if so, why? Great warm-weather looks, and I love your photographer's work!

  9. Hemp produces the most usable fibre per acre of any of the vegetable fibres, is fast growing, and generally grown without any pesticides. The plant re-enriches the soil. It's tough and strong and easy to sew. If you consider the great wicking and breathability properties of linen, hemp is more so. And anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. I could go on and on about hemp. It smells so lovely and clean, too.

  10. I love those blouses. In a hot climate one cannot have too many white cotton/natural finer blouses. It is inspiring me to make more. I just bought some AMAZING white cotton which is soft as a baby's butt and cost an arm and a leg. But now I am scared of it.

  11. Very sweet! I really must sew myself a few white blouses, but I just can't find a blouse pattern that I love (it's hard when you don't have a bosom). And the Ramneck skirt is fantastic. I want to come steal it from you.I love the idea of a snood, but any sort of hat would help. And curls. My hair is also driving me crazy. I can't decide if I want to grow it out again or cut it back to 40s curls.

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