The Scissors Blouse
Before I left for my birthday drinks & dinner, I was able to hop outside really quick and take some photos of my newest make & official first make towards my 2016 Vintage Pledge.
I feel so very 50’s with my blouse & hair even though I’m wearing thoroughly modern jeans.
I can’t believe it’s already May and I’m only now posting up my first ‘vintage garment’ of the year. While I did post about my 1940’s suit, it technically wasn’t made in 2016 – just blogged about – so it didn’t seem fair to add it in as an official Vintage Pledge Garment.
Oh and hello Me-Made-May, I am totally participating in you too!
I don’t have enough bottoms to feasibly wear more than 1 item per day – but I consider it a win if I do. So I’ve just committed myself to wearing one me-made article each day.
Back to my blouse…
I used the Spadea N-1149 pattern, I personally call it my Katharine Hepburn pattern. It was a very happy day when I finally snagged this off ebay a couple of years ago!
I love Katharine Hepburn and her movies. I think she’s utterly lovely but she had a dislike of her neck so you can always spot her in fashionable, high-necked dresses, tops, or sporting a scarf. This Charles LeMarie (aka Spadea) design is no exception.
Image courtesy of Blonde at the Film (Quick aside: I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole that is The Blonde at the Film; such a great site full of old, new-to-me movies and love all of the drool-worthy stills.)
Katharine even wore a short necklace on top of the dress to ensure the neckline stayed closed.
As you can see – I didn’t make a dress but I made up a little blouse instead.
- Raised the armscye up by 3/4″ – both on the bodice and the sleeves.
- Shortened the dress into a blouse height
- Shortened the sleeves to elbow length
- Omitted the cummerbund/belt
Fabric & Notions Used:
- Stretch Cotton via Emma One Sock, currently being re-ordered & in stock soon.
- Marcy Tilton also has some in the black colorway.
- Steam a Seam for easy hemming on sleeves and bodice
- Iron-On Interfacing for neckline/collar facing
My first iteration of this was a dress in green silk shantung for Christmas. But when I made up my muslin I made it short & loved the look of it. I knew I had to make up this dress but as a blouse later on. The idea ended up in that “When I have time I’ll do _______” category of makes; its not high priority but would be fun if I did. Somehow I just decided that now was the time to make it and I’m so happy I did.
Being a second make, it was supposed to be easy and effortless.
Shall I just say it was a horrible nightmare of a make and the scissor print is a pun on my mistake. Cutting!
I decided to cut this pattern late in the evening after a full day of something-or-other. The first piece (back bodice) was cut and then by the second (front bodice) I realized I had to cut it shorter than I intended. But… I accidentally cut it at the longer-length and had no room for the sleeves.
All in all, my cutting mistake meant I had to piece in one sleeve in the worst way possible – right across the arm. Ugh!
It was such a stupid mistake and I was just angry with myself… I mean I know better right?!?! But I still love this little top. Note to self: Don’t cut anything later than 10pm!
I used my scissor print on this top b/c I actually fell out of love with it shorty after purchase. I know….I know!
This top started off as an easy make, just something to wear around the house – gardening and whatnot since I didn’t care for the fabric anymore & I wouldn’t care if it got grubby.
But… now that it’s all sewn up I luuuv it and have since fallen back in love with my fabric – despite the horrible sleeve cutting error. (So far no one has noticed which I find both surprising and entertaining.)
Happy sewing and remember to think while you cut! :)