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1950's floral sweetheart blouse

Added Mar 8, 2010

by olystyrene

Sydney, Australia






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 :)

Material Notes

Floral printed cotton, second hand zipper, vintage buttons




Garment Type
Beach, Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Apr 19, 2015, 04.38 PMby ginasan


    Beautiful top! Is there a pattern for this?

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    Jun 8, 2010, 05.48 AMby apfelbluete

    Oh my god! It’s fabulous! The sunlight in the picture makes it a perfection of Retro!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 10.04 PMby runningwithscissors1

    cute shirt! Love the flowers.

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    Mar 9, 2010, 03.56 PMby sunnilj9

    Oh I love it! It’s so cute! The shape is darling on you! Fabulous job!

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    Mar 9, 2010, 12.31 PMby scheryka

    Very very sexy and cute. I love the neckline and paried with the fabric…A+++

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    Mar 9, 2010, 05.08 AMby smallone

    really individual blouse and such a lovely shape…I like the use of one thing to make another.

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      Mar 9, 2010, 08.31 AMby olystyrene

      Oh I totally agree! Re-using and recycling is of utmost importance!

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