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Vintage Style Bow Tie Blouse

Vintage blouse |

Second hand patterns are a cheap way to add to your sewing pattern arsenal. I’ll often dig through for a sleeve design that I like or a certain silhouette. I got lucky with this pattern though and loved the whole look!

Vintage blouse |

I made style #1 with short sleeves and just tied it loosely.

Vintage blouse |

As I’ve mentioned before, vintage sewing patterns often just come in one size, so don’t forget to check this before buying second hand patterns.

Also, I’ve been caught out once when I got home and discovered all the pattern pieces weren’t in the envelope. Try to open up the envelope in store and have a quick check to save any dramas later.

This blouse is made from a cotton/poplin and despite looking really pink here, it’s actually a vibrant coral. A gorgeous silk would be perfect for this style, so I’ll keep hunting for that.

It turns out vintage patterns often run a little tight in the arm scythe. Huh. Did people just have smaller underarms 20 years ago? Anyway, I trimmed the shape about 0.5 cm on the front curve and eased out some gathers on the sleeve to fit. No problem, but good to bear in mind.
Vintage blouse |

Although I was given an old overlocker to use recently, I can’t for the life of me get it stitching nicely (a friend recently had huge success with the machine, so it seems I’m just serger-challenged *sigh*).

Instead, all my seams were trimmed with pinking shears to avoid fraying and while it doesn’t look as fancy as serged edges or a tidy french seam, it’ll suffice. No-one else will see it (umm … that’s if I  hadn’t just posted it on the internet). Moving on.

If you don't have a serger, finish seams with pinking shears instead. It's much cheaper!

Vintage blouse |

I love the yokes and gathered sleeves on this top. The bright colour is also fun to wear and some days you just want that. Some colour and fun.

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  1. I promise I won’t tell anyone about the seams…. 🙂 I am going to post about sewing Christmas Bunting next week. You will see my standard of sewing! You may well laugh 🙂 But I hope you like the bunting! Did Postie deliver your lip balm?

    • I look forward to seeing the bunting! Good on you! Thanks so much for the lip balm. So divine!! You’re so sweet. I’ll definitely have to start making my own now 🙂


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