I’ll finish up today talking about quality with an example of a vintage blouse that shows why so many people have fallen in love with the superb craftsmanship we often find in older clothes. This blouse is from the 1950s, and I imagine it was quite expensive when new.
Let’s start with the fabric. This blouse is made from Irish linen, and the little pink circles are appliqued to the fabric. The dots are hand embroidered.
That is a neat job of applique, and what about the pink buttonholes?
The scalloped collar is actually two pieces, which helps with the curve of the neckline. Notice how neatly finished the neck edge is, and the uniformity of the neck darts.
The seams are all French seams, which is a neater alternative to the flat-felled seams we saw in the cheaper shirts.
It may look as though they skimped on buttons, but this was meant to be tucked into a skirt and a button below the waistline would have left an imprint. So instead, they put a snap to hold the bottoms of the blouse closed.
There is a little button under the collar in case the wearer was going for the buttoned-up look.
The label was sewn into the side of the blouse rather than at the neck where it might show and where it might irritate the wearer.
“Blouse du Jour.” It would be nice to have seven – one for each day of the week.