Old Hollywood Blouse
Added Sep 7, 2012
I bought this 1942 pattern a few years ago, but could never find the right fabric for it. It’s meant to be a proper blouse, made from a cotton lawn or similar, but that felt a bit too costumey to me – I’m generally not a fan of sticking strictly to the recommended fabrics or styles. So I’d decided it needed to be made with a knit, but it had to be the right weight – not a t-shirt weight jersey, but not something thick and heavy without any softness and flow. It’s surprisingly hard to find a good mid-weight knit when you’re trying to find one! Luckily I found this fabric at Tessuti a few months back. It’s black cotton with bronze lurex threads which don’t show up fantastically in the pictures, but can be seen most clearly in the sleeve detail photo.
Being a 1940s pattern, it has a more fitted waist and emphasised shoulders with gathered sleeves, as well as a square neckline and gathered front. Because the knit fabric has a nice drape the sleeves don’t puff out like the would with a lawn. At the same time, the softness and stretchiness of the fabric means it isn’t fitted at the waist like the original is. It’s also a leeetle bit short, because I forgot that 1940s styles are designed to fit at the waist, unlike modern clothes which sit an inch or more lower. So I’ll need to pick and choose what I wear this with – although apparently midriffs are back in fashion, so maybe I can just claim to be keeping up with the trends?
1.5 metres mid-weight cotton knit