Added Mar 8, 2010
Once upon a time, I came across a 1950’s dress pattern: tight fitting, sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves, with full skirt from waistline; several sizes too big; pattern pieces in very poor condition… But I knew there was potential! Not long before I had found vibrant floral print cotton, which was begging to become something tasteful and 50’s… I decided that the right thing to do was to make an ultra-feminine blouse!
I kept the idea for the bodice of the dress – i.e. tight fitting, sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves – and added a slight peplum (to accentuate curves, of course). I also remodelled the side closure to a back closure via zipper, and added some petite black vintage buttons (thank you, mum!) to the front seam for a button-down facade.
This was a relatively easy project, with the most time consuming element being the hand sewing of neckline facing and sleeve edges.
I teamed this blouse with a navy polka dot A-line skirt (which I modified to be high waisted, with soft pleats) and navy vintage 40’s heels.
Very very happy with this one!
It also prompted me to make a similar blouse – re-using an unwanted cotton pillowcase with a beautiful purple/blue orchid print, with a more pronounced peplum. Will post this one soon if anyone’s interested :)
Floral printed cotton, second hand zipper, vintage buttons
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