Added Jul 8, 2012
Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July! I wanted to share pictures of my recent creations for this holiday, sewn with some vintage designs from the 1940s.
I sewed a red silk blouse from one of my favorite patterns, the Romantic Blouse Pattern from Sense & Sensibility Patterns . I looooove the hourglass sort of darts/pleats, which are so much easier to put in than regular darts and are charmingly vintage! I’ve seen lots of vintage blouses and dresses that have similar tucks, and I just love sewing them.
This collar is brilliantly put together, as the pattern has the collar be an extension of the actual blouse front itself. It comes together so quickly, and I love how I only had to use three pieces – front, back, and sleeve! (Well, okay, there’s also a facing, but in general this comes together so much faster than a typical blouse.)
As for the slacks, this pattern worked so well that I don’t think I’ll ever buy another pair of pants!! I usually have a very hard time finding pants that fit the way I like, because I am, how shall we say, short! On top of that, I can’t stand those front closing pants, because the zipper and button closure add so much bulk to the waist – a shirt can fit me just fine in the waist, for example, but as soon as I pull on a pair of pants underneath it looks like I have much more of a stomach than I actually do! So frustrating!!
So these slacks made from Simplicity 3688 were a God-send! They have a side closure, a very flattering waistband at the natural waistline, slenderizing pleats down the front and back, and wide legs that are so forgiving in the hip area! You can’t see the waistband in these photos since I have the blouse untucked, but believe me when I say that the pants are sooo flattering to wear. Somehow those skinny-leg pants of today, or those awful legging things that make even the skinniest girl look portly, are so unbecoming… I don’t understand why clothing stores can’t design slacks for women that actually make them look better, not worse!
At any rate, I love these Hollywood style trousers, and I’m sure you will find them helpful, too! I highly recommend the blouse pattern for vintage enthusiasts as well, and you can read a much more in-depth review of the pants and blouse on my vintatge sewing blog.
The slacks were made from lightweight gabardine, and the blouse from a red silk sateen.
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