Hello hello you beautiful 1940s reproduction pattern. What a delight you are!
Welcome to my wardrobe, Simplicity 8736. It is a 1940s blouse with bishop sleeves into a cuff, button back, gathered front shoulders and gathered sleeve heads. I made self-covered buttons for the back and sleeves. They are small and flat so I cannot feel them when I am leaning against something.
This pattern went together really easily, however there are quite a lot of fiddly steps. Gathering here, facings there, folding back facings and interfacing back there, cuffs, button holes, buttons, tucks, darts. You should have some skills up your (bishop) sleeve if you want to sew this one.
Originally, the plan was to finish this on the June 2019 long weekend. I had cut it out, done the darts/tucks to start... and then my partner injured his knee on the Saturday (high grade ACL tear).... I became a full time care giver as he couldn't walk, bend, turn, step over high things, bend knees, reach up, reach low, carry things, pour things, balance. He could walk on crutches but that was about it. No more sewing for me! I also had to call my mum for her birthday while we were waiting in the medical centre! Not the best way to delay a birthday phone call! Most of my day was taken up by helping him hobble off the soccer field, up stairs, into the car, out of the car, into the medical centre, onto a chair, out of a chair. The whole lot. It was a busy weekend but not in the way I anticipated.
Finally, a few weeks ago I stuck in and got it done. Then it sat on my dress form for a while to be admired. Next it moved to my wardrobe waiting for the perfect moment to come out and play. That day is today! It's a lot of fun to wear, it's pretty glamorous and enhances general swanning about. Which is what you do in bishop sleeves. Everyone knows that.
If this pattern is languishing in your stash waiting for time to sew... then just do it! The time you invest is worth it.
Made the straight size 16 - no alterations
Fabric is a rust coloured rayon from Spotlight bought specifically for this project
Self covered buttons from a Spotlight kit, 12mm
Hand stitched down the back facings and neck facing to keep it flat
No shoulder pads installed. I use my own shoulders.
1940s blouse: made by me - Simplicity 8736
Simplicity 2154 has been in my pattern stash for ages but I always found an excuse to not make it. It's a mini capsule wardrobe pattern, 1960s reproduction. There is the bow blouse, a knit cardi, woven jacket and pencil skirt.
While on a break from work for 2 weeks over Christmas/New Year, I was hit with some sewing inspiration. I didn't feel rushed or pressured, but interested. I ended up finishing three new items of clothing. Each one was cut out, sewn and finished in one day.
Even though this blouse is small, it takes up a lot of fabric! The bow, knot, collar, neck binding and arm binding are all cut on the bias which eats up fabric. Not entirely ideal. The blouse itself can basically be made from remnants. But not all the little extra bits. If you were clever, you could use one fabric for the blouse and top collar, something else for the bow and knot, and then standard single fold bias tape for the arm and neck edges. It has the potential to be a stash-busting project.
In my case, it was stash busting. I had an awkward amount of this pretty cheap and flimsy shirting poly left from a UFO project that is languishing in a box somewhere. It was meant to be.
I have ordered some red poplin with which I plan to make another....
Hello and welcome to my MMMay18 week 1 wrap up. So far, the challenge has been pretty easy for me. Autumn is great time to move into knitwear, but skirts are still fine. It's a fairly wonderful time of the year. So far, I've not donated any me made clothing, but I did go through my fabric and yarn stash to move along small pieces or leftovers that I would never use. It feels lovely to let things go. I think quilters are in the best place to use smaller scraps.
Without further ado....
Day 1: Simplicity 3688 grey wool skirt. Op shop jacket. Ebay blouse.
Day 2: Gable top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade in a purple cotton spandex from Spotlight. Scottie brooch was a gift from Mum and Dad's travels in Scotland. Pants by Retrospec'd.
Day 3: Vogue 8811 (LOVE IT!) with Anita Carigan. Belt from eBay.
Day 4: New Look 6000 recently completed from a ponte from Spotlight.
Day 5: Green Salal cardigan with Hunter Green Cascade 220 superwash yarn. Buttons from Etsy. Blouse by Revival purchased through eBay. Pants are Collectif jeans. The large earrings are vintage resin things that I tuned into earrings myself!
Day 6: Wedding attire! Butterick 4919 full length dress made from a CDC from Spotlight. Rust coloured bolero bought from Myer when it was still called Grace Bros.
Day 7: Cosy Monday with 1940s Cabled Cardi in an acrylic 5ply.
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.