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Mc Call 6520, vintage blouse (1946)

Added Nov 29, 2009

by ichigogirl

Stockholm, Sweden






I thought I’d sew something quick and easy. This looks quite simple, doesn’t it? Well… it was easy enough, but there are eight darts around the waist (that takes TIME, at least for me), and the necktie and cuffs took some figuring out (although this was one of the apparently rare vintage patterns with good, illustrated instructions).

I was very surprised to realise that the pattern was for a bust-size 1.5 inches smaller than mine, I must have a very strange figure since everything made for my bust measurement ends up too big (esp. since I’m only a B-cup…).

Well, I’m glad that I had forgotten it should have been too small when I cut the material, otherwise it would have been a lot more work with grading it up and then downsizing it!

Also blogged at Ancien-Nouveau

Material Notes

Cotton, very cheap remnant (skr 25/m, about 2.50 euro’s), but very good quality so I returned to the shop and got the lot, I now have 10m’s of blue cotton…!




Garment Type

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    Jun 26, 2011, 04.11 AMby paintthesilence

    Hey did you make the pants also? Love the look.

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      Jun 26, 2011, 09.01 AMby ichigogirl

      Thank you! The pants are a sample from Swedish brand Whyred. I’ve been intending to copy them for a while though (not enough time)… I’d love a khaki pair.

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    Oct 14, 2010, 02.00 PMby eritch

    Superfin!! :) Duktig du är!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 06.50 PMby meseide

    What a lovely blouse! You choose a really great color and I just love the cuffs.

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    Dec 27, 2009, 02.12 PMby elegantmusings

    I love this blouse! This pattern has long been on my wishlist—I just adore the sweet bow collar! :) Your version is absolutely lovely!

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    Dec 18, 2009, 12.35 AMby ncn6

    This blouse has been in my sewing daydreams ever since you posted it… I wonder how difficult it would be to draft a pattern like this? Since I probably wouldn’t be able to buy it in my size anyway, it make some sense to try it from scratch…

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      Dec 18, 2009, 09.08 AMby ichigogirl

      Hm, I actually don’t think it would be awfully difficult, especially since there is no collar… the cuffs are probably the hardest bit to get right.
      Have you looked for vintage patterns your size? I think it’s a myth that it’s impossible to find larger sizes, I often find patterns in a bust size around 44" when I search for my 32". Though I’ll admit the 32"-patterns are more common… but give it a go!

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      Dec 18, 2009, 02.42 PMby ncn6

      Admittedly I haven’t spent any time looking for vintage patterns in my size, so you’re right, I shouldn’t assume it will be a disaster. I think I might have a go at drafting this, though. With the technical drawings that you’ve been nice enough to post I think it should be possible, since the tricky part of figuring out the general shapes of the pieces is already done. I have a bright blue silk that is screaming to be made into this blouse!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 02.07 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    i really love this! im going to maybe….hunt down the pattern! its awesome

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    Dec 2, 2009, 11.59 AMby ichigogirl

    Thank you all so much for the lovely comments, they make me happy! I’m especially glad you think the colour suits me, since I have so much more of the material ;-). I’ll probably post more made with it quite soon… (if I can settle for ONE thing instead of about four at the same time…).

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    Dec 2, 2009, 10.33 AMby mikiaika

    This is one fabulous design .. very good choice of fabric and colour , looks great on you well done :-)

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    Dec 1, 2009, 06.52 PMby elainemay

    This is so pretty on you— I love the color you picked too. Great work, as always!

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    Dec 1, 2009, 05.48 PMby bola

    Cool top!! and I love the colour- great sleeves too!!! bx

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    Dec 1, 2009, 03.19 AMby sewsilverlake

    Great choice on color!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 11.24 PMby nessys

    I agree with everything everyone has said. You did a fab job and it looks amazing! Sizing with vintage patterns (at least what I have seen) can be quite different from what we have on patterns today – I think people’s body shapes must have changed (and what undergarments worn then as opposed to what we wear now)! My Mum said they used to advertise bras back then that would stay pointy even after a steamroller had run over them – true story! Love it with the pants – great job Darl!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 11.01 PMby seemane

    That’s sooooo pretty! Looks nice & practical/comfortable to wear too :) The illustrations from the pattern remind me of Betty Grable / Doris day.

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    Nov 30, 2009, 10.25 PMby chelsesaurusrex

    I love/want/need those sleeve cuffs. And I think your shoulder pad position looks perfect for your frame!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 10.11 PMby nglalala

    cute top~!!! absolutely love it!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 08.04 PMby ruudee81

    ooh i love this!!! it’d look great on me!!! i have to start looking our for vintage patterns!! gorgeous colour too!!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 06.38 PMby foxyroxy

    i love it! so very cute!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 06.12 PMby fabricaddict

    What a beautiful blouse, it looks really good!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 06.05 PMby polychromatin

    Looks great :)

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    Nov 30, 2009, 06.05 PMby polychromatin

    Looks great :)

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    Nov 30, 2009, 03.52 PMby skwarynia

    It looks really great!:) i like it with your pants:)

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    Nov 30, 2009, 12.20 PMby sugarduck

    I LOVE this top!! The shape is somehow unmistakably vintage, but completely modern at the same time. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this pattern online.

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    Nov 30, 2009, 11.28 AMby minnietheminks

    This is a fantastic vintage number, I love sleeve detail, super sweet and darts… 8 of them, well done, it looks beautifully made.

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    Nov 30, 2009, 11.00 AMby carottesauvage

    Timeless style! It really suits you, and keeps the wallet happy!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 08.44 AMby A Sewing Architect

    Great. I love it!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 12.44 AMby philippaanne

    What a great pattern! I’m going to try track a copy down. You’ve done a great job of it too:)

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    Nov 30, 2009, 12.41 AMby nattyjane

    Your top is amazing! and the whole outfit looks great.

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    Nov 29, 2009, 11.30 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    ditto everyone else, but i think my favorite part is that the pattern originally costs 35¢!!!

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