When Rochelle announced her Sew for Victory SAL, my mind immediately went to a special pattern I have in my stash. I'm completely in love with the tulip/sweetheart bust line, but I'm not certain it's a style of dress I would actually wear.
Some of the ladies in the SAL flickr group suggested sewing the dress in a cotton print in order to make it more casual and, in effect, more wearable. It's a wonderful idea; however, I'm not sure it would change things for me.
Ultimately, I decided to sew the dress AND a more practical garment, because I like to have my cake and eat it. Largely, for me, the appeal of a sew along is the idea of creating within the parameters of a theme and sewing with some frivolity; which is why I decided to go ahead and make the dress.
But, the spirit of this particular sew along is 1940's war time. A period of rationing and make-do and mend. It's much more appropriate to the theme to make a garment that is functional and practical; that's where the blouse comes in. And, I do think this blouse achieves exactly what I hoped it would.
Butterick 2094: 1940's, year unknown.
This blouse looks exactly as the envelop drawings would lead the sewer to believe. I sewed View C, adding the cuff detail from View B. The stripe pattern is so narrow, it's dizzying, so I chose to change the direction of the pattern on the cuff to break-up the hypnotizing effect. The fabric is viscose and has a lovely peach-skin feel. It was incredibly easy to work with. The inside is completely finished with French seams; neckline and waistband finished with self-bias tape. The blouse is straight cut with a fair amount of ease through the waist and hips, and I can see pairing it with skirts and untucked under a blazer with skinny jeans.
3/25/2013 01:14:37 am
I love your blouse and the war time theme... Although I would not have known it ws a 40s pattern. Reminds me of the Mathilde blouse of Tilly and the buttons!
What a lovely blouse : ) I love the patterns of the 40's and yours has three different views! I also wanted to tell you I DROOL over your knits, I just don't have the patience (yet) to give a sweater a try. I've had fingerless gloves on needles for 2 years now. I think I'll just keep looking at your amazing creations and push myself to finish those silly little things. Thank you for the inpsiration!
3/25/2013 04:57:01 am
This is lovely and it has such a modern feel to it! Perhaps it's the stripes? Really lovely. Good idea to change the direction of the stripes for the cuff. It makes for an interesting little detail. I found my eye drawn to them :)
3/25/2013 11:38:08 am
Love it. Very war era looking. Great idea for the cuff detail.
3/25/2013 11:59:20 am
Love your blouse... I especially like back buttons and really want to make a blouse with those buttons in the back! I am making a blouse for Sew For Victory also but I need to get busy!!! ~Laurie
3/25/2013 07:42:48 pm
Your blouse is gorgeous and I love the details:) !
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