Thursday, December 01, 2016

FO: The Universal Blouse (Simplicity 3288, c. 1950)

With the heat kicking in down here in Sydney it's definitely time to start summer sewing - and what's better than a blouse that can be worn with anything?

I've had Simplicity 3288 in my stash for ages and actually thought it was a dress until I took a closer look just recently.

It's actually a top and skirt pattern. The pattern envelope didn't look very inspiring but I thought I would give it a go - and I'm sure glad I did!

The blouse is bias cut and has little winged sleeve cuffs - plus two versions of collar and collar-less.

The collar-less version (2) is a cinch to make, and I went for pink cotton homespun version with ric-rac trim to match the pattern picture.

To enlarge it to fit me, I added half an inch across the top of the shoulders, and half an inch width on each side seam. It worked perfectly.

The ric-rac trim on the sleeves are definitely my favourite bit.

But you can't stop at one right?
So here's the same blouse (Version A), but with a collar in white rayon.

1950s vintage sewing patterns pattern blouse simplicity 3288

novelty cigarette brooch 1950s

The white rayon is definitely my favourite version of this blouse - the fabric is nice and cool to wear and perfect for summer.

And finally, Version A in minty green cotton homespun.

I chose this colour to match a 1950's John Wolf border skirt, and the colour is so close that a few people thought it was actually a dress.

1950s bakelite western brooch 1940s lucite jewelry vintage

And the perfect colour to show off my new lucite and bakelite vintage brooch!

Fabric used:
Cotton prima homespun, and pure rayon

Very easy. Takes about 1-2 hours to make one.

Pattern Mods:

  • Added half an inch across the shoulders and at the side seams. Enlarged sleeve cuff to fit/
  • Shortened bust dart length by an inch to stop pointy boob. 

Would I make this again?
Yes, definitely! I need one in navy rayon, and mustard cotton.

I think the lesson I learned is perhaps don't judge a patten by it's envelope?

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