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Alexander Circa 1947

Added Feb 4, 2011

by leahfranqui

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This is my version of the Alexander blouse! I love this blouse, it’s adorable. And such a cute vintage feel, don’t I look like I should be huddled in an English country house smoking countless cigarettes and watching Miss Marple solve crimes?

I lengthened the peplum about three inches and omitted the back buttons and opening. Instead, I cut the back on the fold. I had to add buttons to the front, as well as a placket. The one issue I have with this pattern is that while it fits really well, the opening does gape between the buttons, so a placket seemed the only possible solution. I don’t mind having to see it, as long as you don’t see my bra!

Part of the issue could be this fabric, which is very silky and drapey. I love it, but I might try it again with a nice stiff poplin!

I blogged about it here: http://strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/flirting-with-the-forties-blouse/

Material Notes

I have no idea, it didn’t say on the spool. I got it at joanns, and I think it’s synthetic? Maybe?




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage

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    Feb 5, 2011, 07.15 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Very nice and the fabric is so romantic! Well done.

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    Feb 5, 2011, 05.59 AMby leahfranqui

    Oh, thank you so much! I read literally everyone else’s descriptions of this project on this site before I made the shirt, and poured over the instructions. I’m always up for more peplum, though!

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    Feb 5, 2011, 03.53 AMby sarsaparilla

    Wow it looks awesome on you! I made an Alexander a while back, but it was too short in length and desperately needed a placket at the front. I’d love to try it again though :)

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    Feb 4, 2011, 09.52 PMby leahfranqui

    Oh, thank you so much! (blushing!) It’s a great pattern for curves, honestly.

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    Feb 4, 2011, 07.01 PMby Denise Angela

    So pretty – love the flutter sleeve.

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    Feb 4, 2011, 06.31 PMby frkbustad

    It’s so much fun! The fabric is nice and looks like sunshine!

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    Feb 4, 2011, 04.31 PMby leahfranqui

    Thank you! I love this fabric, I was so afraid of messing it up!

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    Feb 4, 2011, 04.13 PMby Eva Fisher

    Gorgeous! Great fabric choice

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    Feb 4, 2011, 04.05 PMby leahfranqui

    Thank you!

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    Feb 4, 2011, 04.03 PMby cd909

    Love it!

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