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May 4

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.

Scissor Print Blouse

I feel so very 50’s with my blouse & hair even though I’m wearing thoroughly modern jeans.

Scissor Print Blouse

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.

Scissor Print Blouse

Oh and hello Me-Made-May, I am totally participating in you too!

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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…

Scissor Print 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!

Spadea

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.

Katharine Hepburn in Spadea

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.

Scissor Print Blouse

Modifications:

  • 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.
  • Steam a Seam for easy hemming on sleeves and bodice
  • Iron-On Interfacing for neckline/collar facing

Scissor Print Blouse

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.

Scissor Print Blouse

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!

Scissor Print Blouse

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!

Scissor Print Blouse

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.

Scissor Print Blouse

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!  :)

  1. Linda / May 4 2016

    Gorgeous!

  2. Begum / May 4 2016

    It’s very pretty!

  3. PinhouseP / May 4 2016

    Lovely! I love that style of collar.
    And I know what you mean about falling out of love with something, I feel that way about the majority of my fabric stash. I should sew it up, maybe I will be enchanted again :D
    (Also, your hair looks awesome in these photos:)

    • Liz / May 5 2016

      Thanks. I was totally out of love with this fabric for a while, it was even going to be used as a muslin. But I figured I’ll make a play-shirt for around the house with it instead. Turns out its now one of my favorite blouses for spring.

      I do think that sometimes we just need to make the garment and we’ll fall back in love with the fabric.

      But sometimes… the fabric is just bad. heh

  4. Lisette / May 4 2016

    How brilliant to make it into a blouse! I would never have considered it and I’m always wary of styles like this to begin with because I’m certainly not built like her. You look totally fabulous in it and is making me think I might could too. And I love your glasses.
    I just watched that movie recently, it was so interesting and not just for the clothes – the whole thing about humans versus computers was so much to think about because we live in that future now.

    • Liz / May 5 2016

      Thanks so much Lisette! I know I never thought that I could pull off this type of blouse; like I said I intended it to be a fun, around the house type of top. I mean I’m short & hippy and have tree-trunks as thighs but somehow it still works. Or at least I think it does… Since making it up it’s gotten a lot of use already.

      Desk Set is such a great movie. I know it was released in 1957 but it does really feel like a modern working girl’s movie… My favorite scene is when Tracy is at Hepburn’s apartment and he pretends to be a drunk hobo while leaving in his oven-baked shoes. That part was all adlib which is why Hepburn was giggling so much. :)

  5. Annabelle / May 4 2016

    Super cute top – I bet no one will notice the seam on the sleeve unless they also sew. If they do notice , they may think it’s a ” design element”. Your hair is also lovely – definitely getting the 50’s vibe from your outfit.

    • Liz / May 5 2016

      Thanks! I fixed your name btw. :D So silly…

  6. Tasha / May 5 2016

    That is such a cute blouse! And how great that style would be over capris when it’s warmer, too. Since most people probably aren’t staring at both of your arms at the same time if they notice the seam they’d probably think it’s a design element anyway! In fact you could totally do it on purpose and do a fun color blocking that way. :)

    • Liz / May 5 2016

      Oh yes I totally agree with wearing this with capris. :D I still can’t get over what a dope I was about cutting the top too long since I just trimmed the extra all off anyhow. Totally derpy move on my part.

  7. Akram Taghavi-Burris / May 6 2016

    I love your modification of the dress, I’m sure you’ll get way more wear from a shirt. Also the fabric print is so cute. Nice job!

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