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Vintage Simplicity 5782

Added Jun 22, 2010

by feldmantcat

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Tie neck blouse pattern using vintage Simplicity 5782 from 1964. There is a story behind this one. It all started with the shoes. A friend of mine bought a pair of these adorable peep toe strappy wedges at a thrift store and I had to have a pair for myself. Funny thing is, they are from Payless. I figured I would never find a pair, but one day I spotted some on ebay in my size, so I bought them…and then realized that I don’t own anything that would even remotely match them. So, I embarked on a mission to make an outfit that would work with the color and style. One day last week I was shopping for fabric and happened upon this perfect brick red pinstrip suiting, and decided it was a good match for a pencil skirt to match the shoes. But then of course I needed a blouse to go with the skirt (to go with the shoes), and I found this aqua and red poppy print polyester chiffon.

This was the first time using a light weight fabric like chiffon, and I was not sure what to expect. I used French seams everywhere except the sleeve heads (can you do a French seam on a sleeve head?). The pattern had a really nice way of using a strip of bias fabric as a self facing to bind the neckline edge, which makes for a much cleaner, smoother, professional finish. I also tried out my new 1/8" narrow hem foot using a very helpful tutorial from Brian at Brian Sews. I had to put a piece of tissue paper under the edge of the fabric when I started the hem to prevent it from getting sucked into the feed dogs, and the I just tore it away after. The skirt is just another version of my basic pencil skirt.

Material Notes

Polyester chiffon from Joann Fabrics. The skirt is poly blend suiting, also from Joanns.




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Chiffon, Suiting

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    Jun 24, 2010, 08.52 PMby laurwyn

    My grand ma gave me a great tip last week for light fabrics! She uses tape when the fabric gets stuck or does weird things…

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    Jun 23, 2010, 04.03 AMby rifka

    Just perfect! The blouse is wonderful. Love the sleeve and collar detail.

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    Jun 23, 2010, 02.04 AMby auntchelle

    I can see why these shoes needed a skirt and blouse. I love the whole outfit but I’m especially in love with the shirt.

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    Jun 23, 2010, 12.49 AMby ncn6

    it’s great! I’m a sucker for chiffon, prints and tie collar blouses, so this is a total win to me :) You can use a strip of bias self fabric to bind the armholes as well to make a nice finish on the inside. I’ve tried to do french seams on sleeves before and it’s always turned out wacky, so I do bias bindings now.

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    Jun 22, 2010, 08.47 PMby cface23

    I love the outfit and the fabric you chose. It’s very retro and sooo chic!

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    Jun 22, 2010, 07.10 PMby smallone

    Love the ensemble….but I especially love the blouse – great fabric and style.

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    Jun 22, 2010, 05.54 PMby Geeky Seamstress

    oh my gosh that pinstripe is AMAZING! what a great find!

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    Jun 22, 2010, 05.38 PMby feldmantcat

    Glum face = I have a naturally downturned mouth. If I don’t actively try to SMILE BIG I look pissed off all the time. Trust me, I am delightedly happy with this outfit.

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    Jun 22, 2010, 04.51 PMby ink

    Turned out GORGEOUS! Why the glum face??? You look so cute/sexy in this outfit. Love the fabric and I am such a sucker for that kind of collar. Really beautiful!

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