It sounds like a hot mess, but I actually made this strange soup and it turned out quite well.
I’m always looking for blouse patterns, and have been really partial to those from the late 50s and early 60s, like McCall’s 4403, which is from 1957. It’s version C that I was after, but those tight little sleeves where just not going to make it into the final version.
Back in the winter I’d borrowed some fabulous patterns from Kate Mathews, and I’d been wanting to try the pleated sleeve on this design from the 1930s:
(Unfortunately, I was too lazy to grade down the entire pattern, but isn’t it super?)
So I had a plan, and all I needed was the fabric. When I ran across a red print cotton from the late 30s or early 40s, I knew the plan was complete.
I’ve always been a bit afraid to mix and match elements like this, afraid they wouldn’t “fit.” But in the past, it was common for home sewers to take the bodice from one pattern, add the sleeves from another, and pair it with the collar from yet another. You could even purchase patterns of just sleeves and collars.
I’ll try to post a photo of me actually wearing it, but I was so anxious to show it off that I could not wait!
Posted by Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com:
Posted by Dakota Walsh:
That’s a lovely blouse! Looks cohesive to me, and the detailing is fantastic.
Posted by samsara:
Posted by Lizzie:
Mod Betty, I’d love to have them if you are so inclined, and will gladly pay the postage.
Posted by Sarsaparilla:
Posted by quietandsmalladventures:
Posted by Holly:
Posted by Denise:
What a great blouse – love the addition of the sleeves!