In June I made a plan to create a few nice tops, perhaps some blouses that I can wear for work, ideally in luxury fabrics. I have avoided blouses for years as they seem to take an inordinate amount of time to make, they have lots of pieces, they need dozens of button-holes, interfacing, and the details – such as collars and cuffs – are tricky. And then when you have made them they need to be washed and ironed every wear, which is time consuming and exacting. But I think they look great – when it is warm I think they give the right level of authority when you don’t want to wear a jacket.
I found this reproduction pattern that has some good looks.
But then I found this rather unusual drapey blouse on eBay at a fraction of the cost. It looks fairly straightforward and claims it is “Easy to Make”.
The fabrics suggested are as follows:
- silk crepe
- heavy sheer silk
- silk jersey
- transparent velvet
- metal fabrics
- novelty woolen
- soft woollen
- wool jersey
- sheer woollen
As I mentioned is badged as “Easy to Make”.
I avidly consulted the instructions, and Vogue c1940, I beg to differ.
This “easy to make blouse” requires
- Slash the CB neckline, create six bias loops, attach, face and attach six buttons
- It has bias finished open side seams
- over which a gathered “girdle” is created and stayed with ribbon binding
- the girdle has four loops and buttons at the CF
- the elbows are darted
- each cuff is faced and fastened with four small buttons and loops
- the ease in the sleeve heads is shrunk out
- shoulder pads are made, covered, bound and inserted
As the chiffon blouse was a bit of an epic journey I am wondering if this pattern might work in a modern, synthetic jersey? If I made the neck a little wider maybe I could adapt this pattern to work as a light weight jumper instead of a blouse. Anyone tried something like this?