Added Dec 27, 2011
This blouse was a bit of a chore, I will be honest, but I do like the end result. The blouse is a vintage pattern, Butterick 8097, from 1957. The skirt is from Simplicity 3688, a reproduction pattern from the 40’s. The skirt is unbelievably simple to put together, the blouse, not so much.
I named it the Sleep No More Skirt because I was inspired by seeing Sleep No More to make a severe but elegant 40’s style skirt. I made no adjustments, but I will be making this skirt again, maybe in linen for summer, I love the fit! It glides right over the hips and rear and smoothly flares around the knees. I love it.
The blouse turned out better then my bitching might imply, but I’m still not in love with it. It was fussy and ate up fabric like a starving man at a feast. I was very excited to make it, because I thought it would be my new go-to pattern for well tailored vintage style blouses. Now I don’t know if I will ever make this pattern again, it frustrated me to no end. But I don’t believe in UFOs, I simply have to finish what I start. So here we are. Disgruntled, but triumphant. Story of my life….
Read more and see more photos on my blog!
Wool for the skirt, plastic zipper, vintage metal button
stretch poplin for the blouse, shell buttons
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Sewing & Techniques
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