Pattern: Jennifer Lauren Vintage Afternoon Blouse, size 8
Fabric: 1.5m strawberry / dot print cotton from CroftMill at £5.95 per metre
Other: Vintage red buttons from Handmade Jane, previously sewn onto my smart wool shorts... until they shrank in the wash (sob!); some black and white gingham bias binding to face the hem - totally unnecessary but I wanted to do it anyway :)
I bought this pattern the day it was released - it looked so wearably vintage and easy to make. I imagined making a whole rail of summer blouses in different fabrics.
However, when I realised there were substantial facings which overlapped at the front, I was stopped in my tracks. I was worried that once interfaced they would be too starchy in midweight cotton and would shine through voile.
And then I saw Karen's version (ha ha ha she just made another one - snap!) and Jane's, and ordered this fabric, in the hope that I could make it work.
And then I got distracted.
This weekend I wanted a quick win. I wasn't feeling particularly energetic, but I knew I would feel better if I sewed something. So I did.
I decided NOT to interface the fronts - gasp!
This cotton is substantial enough to get away with it. There wouldn't have been interfacing in a genuine 1940's blouse after all.
The instructions are very clear and lead to a high standard of finish.
The button feature is entirely decorative, so I stitched my fronts together to hold everything in place, running the line of stitching right round the neck edges.
I used three buttons instead of just one, as one was looking very lonely. I thought that placing them on the diagonal was in-keeping with the kimono sleeve styling.
Much much better than expected!
It was looking pretty shapeless until I put it on.
Once there's a body inside, the subtle curves of the cut really come alive.
Unlike a lot of simple undarted tops, it has a gently curved hem and isn't completely "straight up and down".
The kimono sleeve looks tiny when laid flat, but just right when worn.
I was wary of straying into pastiche rockabilly territory with this fabric but I think it is cute without being "cutesy".
FL said he thought the fabric was something his granny would have used to make a housecoat... but that it looks lovely on me.
Ah, flattery will get you anywhere, my dear!
I definitely prefer it worn tucked into a swishy skirt (this is my mustard linen Chardon).
Will I make another? It seems likely! I rather fancy a Liberty lawn...