1930s Art Deco Blouse
Added Jun 15, 2014
The history of this blouse is an interesting one. About two and a half years ago I won a BurdaStyle giveaway for $200 worth of fabric at the Australian Tessuti Fabrics store. In effect I got this beautiful silk Art Deco printed textured chiffon among other fabrics travel to me across half the globe. I knew that I was going to make a 1930s blouse out of it, but the the fabric needed to wait two years for me to finally overcome my fear of cutting the silk chiffon. I eventually overcame my fear when I decided it was time for me to have a new 1930s outfit. Thanks to the lightness of the fabric I wanted to make butterfly raglan sleeves, which turned out to be double ones. In addition I added a bow at the front. The pattern was self-drafted. Since the fabric was so delicate I wasn’t able to hem it normally, so I finished all the elements with matching pink bias-tape. At first I thought that the tape would be the cause of loss of lightness to the sleeves, but it actually turned out nice, underlining the their ruffle. The bodice is lined with thick cotton satin. It’s got two advantages: since the silk is sewn to the heavy lining at the bottom of the seem the blouse doesn’t fly around too much and doesn’t fall out of my skirt. The other upside of the lining is the lovely way the shine shows through the chiffon, giving the blouse a very elegant and luxurious look.
Pink Art Deco printed silk chiffon
Cotton satin lining