Work in Progress: A 50s Scalloped Blouse

You may have noticed, but I’ve taken an unofficial break from Sew Weekly this month.  (Since saying so on my blog, I guess it’s official now.)  I wanted to take a mini-break so I can enjoy the beginning on summer and also sew what I want and on my own timeframe for a while.  *So far it’s been really refreshing!* 

Anyhow… since I haven’t had to sew to a particular theme, I’ve been completely overwhelmed as to what I should sew.  I have too many thoughts reeling in my head and want to make everything instantly.  As a result I freeze up and get nothing done.

One of the 15 patterns I had spread across my dining room table was a sweet little 50’s blouse pattern.  I love everything about this blouse and it’s super perfect since it has a little peplum which I’ve been longing for (more than in the past).  Knowing I have a major blouse shortage (made more apparent by MMM), I just decided to NOT think, pick it up, and start going.

I know there’s so much to do, which is why I just let my gut decide for me.  I’ve had this pattern milling about in my ‘To Do’ pile for a while and just went with it.    

It’s a mail order pattern from the 50’s with no name brand attached, just the pattern number of 2629.  I’m guessing it’s either from the late 40’s or the early 50’s since the pattern pieces are unprinted.  As I look at historic fashion more and more, I have found my favorite era of clothes are from just after the new look.  They still have a subtly 40’s styling, but also incorporate nipped waists (and fuller hips) which I think is flattering on my pear shape.   

Truthfully, I didn’t even decide to make this, well not this time around anyhow.  I’ve been meaning to make more blouses and this pattern always gets plucked from the shelf as one I want to make.  To get myself out of my rut, I just starting doing it without even officially deciding.  Sounds crazy right?!  (It’s the same way of thinking that gets me in the gym to do cardio.  heh  Just do… don’t think!)

I made the muslin last weekend and it was horrible!  The pattern piece was marked as a size 14 (aka 32″ bust) but it had to be marked incorrectly.  When I made it up the bust was at least for a 38″-40″ busted gal.  I don’t have any pictures, but I took a crazy angled tuck out of the whole front bodice, from the inner waist to the outside shoulder.  I took in the center back seam by at least 2″ and the second muslin looked pretty good.  I only did some minor tweaks with the shoulder gathers and got to cutting out my fabric.

Seeing as how I’m on my own timeline, I wanted to make the insides extra pretty with some vintage yellow bias tape I found in my stash.  I worked last night on the finishing and doesn’t it look bright and cheery?!


Here’s a detail of the print, which is also a vintage cotton fabric from the 50’s (or 40’s?):

What’s funny is that I have no yellow thread.  I’ve never made anything in yellow before and have no thread that remotely matches in my stash.  Instead I used some white thread which is hardly visible. 

All I have to do to finish this blouse up is…

  1. Stitch the side seams
  2. Attach some bias trim to the side seams
  3. Stitch on the neckline facing
  4. Hem the sleeve (and finish with bias trim or seam binding)
  5. Attach the peplum
  6. Sew Buttonholes
  7. Take it out for a spin

Not too bad right?  heh  Given how super slow I’ve been sewing I probably won’t finish this up until Saturday. 

I’ve left this blouse more blousey in an effort to make a breezy summer top but it still should have a nipped in waist so it’s flattering.  I already have a perfect vintage taupe & pink polka dot fabric to make a second one right away but in Version A with the separate collar.  (I would have used that fabric first but I have no bottoms to wear with it!)

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Comments (14)

  1. Jamie June 13, 2012 — 10:30 AM

    Ooooh, I love love lov that pattern! And I looooove the fabric. Did I mention how much I love this whole thing? ;) Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  2. Kerry June 13, 2012 — 10:34 AM

    So pretty! I love the fabric and the scallops. I have a scalloped dress pattern of my own I’ve been wanting to make for a while but I think your blouse will be something you’ll get a lot of wear out of.

  3. The blouse is looking beautiful. I love the fabric; the yellow piping really adds a nice visual ‘POP’.

  4. so pretty. that pattern will look great with the fabric you’ve picked. and i love the yellow binding – it gives it a great vintage look! i must start using this finish more.

  5. Ginger June 13, 2012 — 11:29 AM

    Ooooh, this is going to be so pretty! I’m glad you’re taking some time to sew whatever you feel like!

  6. Donna June 13, 2012 — 11:38 AM

    The style of the blouse is so cute. I can’t wait to see it finished. I love yellow!

  7. maddie June 13, 2012 — 12:07 PM

    i love scalloped tops! I just made one and it has been such a staple piece of mine this summer!

  8. Meli June 13, 2012 — 1:21 PM

    I LOVE the yellow on the seams! Hello, inspiration for pretty insides.

  9. Jo June 13, 2012 — 7:07 PM

    Pretty! I can’t wait to see it! You make awesome stuff. I need to steal your philosophy of “don’t think, just do”….I think WAY too much, lol!

  10. Looks like it’s going to be super cute! I too need more blouses but I hardly ever seem to get around to them. Skirts are so much less work. lol.

  11. Sue June 13, 2012 — 8:38 PM

    I love the fabric and that pop of yellow trim is PERFECT! I’m with you on the “don’t think, just do” philosophy. Sometimes that’s what it takes to get going!

  12. Liz June 13, 2012 — 9:48 PM

    This looks gorgeous so far and I love the bias finished seams, you have really inspired me to give them a go on my next project! Don’t you sometimes wish you could wear things inside out to show the lovely finish?
    I look forward to seeing your finished project.

  13. Tasha June 14, 2012 — 1:59 PM

    Look at you sewing with a print! :D That is an awesome one at that, by the way. Right up my alley! That is going to be absolutely adorable with the scalloped collar.

    I have a vintage housedress that binds the neckline and ruffled sleeves with bias tape just how you did on the insides. So pretty and delicate! I would worry that my stitches on the back side would wobble off the tape. Yours are soo even!

  14. Meg June 14, 2012 — 4:05 PM

    Ooooo….your pattern and fabric choices are so very pretty! I’m excited to see the finished version :)

    I’m just like you – when I try to sew independently of the Sew Weekly theme, I get overwhelmed by all the projects I want to do – and then I don’t do anything. Usually I end up in tears of frustration. Now I’m trying not to give myself gaps between projects – just keep trucking if I can.

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