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1981 Blouse

Added Feb 7, 2011

by saylavie

Cáceres, Spain






I made this from a vintage pattern a friend gave me recently—McCall’s 7471. I didn’t think much of it when I set out to make it, but I ended up being really happy with how it turned out. It is made from all recycled/thrifted material. The black material is silk linen. There wasn’t quite enough for the sleeves too, so I cut up a linen shirt (which I had previously taken apart to make a pattern from). The buttons are salvaged from another thrifted shirt. I didn’t notice until I had started sewing that it was a maternity pattern, but I kind of like the tent shape of it! :)

Material Notes

Silk Linen,
Mother of Pearl Buttons




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Geek, Vintage
Linen, Silk

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    Jun 5, 2011, 02.25 PMby CelticButterfly

    I like the tent shape too. :)

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    Apr 10, 2011, 04.04 PMby RoomtoSew

    Great fabric choice! It brought out all the right details.

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    Mar 4, 2011, 03.19 PMby tinybows


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    Mar 4, 2011, 12.36 PMby baroness

    this is perfect. the black and white, especially on the collar is soooo lovely. i want one now. :)

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    Mar 3, 2011, 03.39 PMby Ashley Doll

    I love that you used all recycled fabric. That’s something I’d like to incorporate into my projects.

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    Mar 3, 2011, 01.27 AMby kbuckfeen

    cool! love the upcycled fabric. it looks crazy cute in the two-tone.

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    Mar 2, 2011, 10.49 PMby ruthw

    Interesting pattern. I like the way you made it up.

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    Feb 10, 2011, 05.16 PMby chromachord

    So cute! I couldn’t believe it was an 80s pattern though, the 80s being known for huge shoulders and batwings. :)

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      Feb 11, 2011, 04.19 AMby saylavie

      thanks! …i think that it being from the early 80’s, it had some 70’s residue on it…i think the hypershoulders hadn’t yet appeared until the mid-80s.

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    Feb 8, 2011, 12.31 PMby nikotina

    Beautiful top, suits you well too.
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      Feb 8, 2011, 10.28 PMby saylavie

      thank you!!

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    Feb 8, 2011, 11.02 AMby dian 1024

    Nice blouse

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      Feb 8, 2011, 10.28 PMby saylavie


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    Feb 8, 2011, 08.35 AMby salvia

    Such a cute shirt. And it´s great that you made it with recycled material. The color mix makes it really interesting.

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      Feb 8, 2011, 10.28 PMby saylavie

      thank you!

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    Feb 8, 2011, 03.23 AMby missdandy

    This is just too cute!

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      Feb 8, 2011, 10.27 PMby saylavie

      thank you very much!

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    Feb 7, 2011, 11.02 PMby carottesauvage

    Waow that’s really great!,80s perhaps… the garment also has a 30s/40s flair to it. It guess the pull on/off makes it really 80s though…

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      Feb 8, 2011, 10.27 PMby saylavie

      thanks! yeah, i agree that it’s from a time other than 1981…expect for that factor!

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