>I admit to having a weakness for handwork on vintage garments. Embroidery, smocking, beading, all the little details that are so beautiful and textural, but which I have absolutely no patience to do myself. Today I thought I’d share a few images of some vintage peasant blouses in my collection.
Vintage peasant blouses, especially like my new one, had been on my vintage wish list for a really long time. They are casual but still feminine. Dainty but still bold, and really, they fill my head with dreams of vintage world travel and I love to concoct stories of lady adventurers bringing back mementos of their travels abroad. Over the last few years I’ve been lucky to find these three darlings in unlikely places- in thrift shops and at a costume convention. I couldn’t afford the ones from vintage specialty dealers, so it was true that good things come to those who wait!
This little cutie was found at a costume convention. Somewhere along her lifetime eyelet trim was added at the hemline to lengthen it (which I’m debating on removing). Strangely enough the embroidery on one sleeve is gray and white and on the other it’s black and white!
The cross stitch on the blouse above astonishes me! It makes my eyes hurt just thinking of doing all that work. Isn’t it lovely, though? This is my adventuress blouse, the first one I found, which I wore this summer to an Indiana Jones convention with vintage jodhpurs, boots, and pith helmet. So fun!
I’ve seen these as dated from the 1930s, and I know there was a huge fad for them around that time, but I would think they kept making the blouses as imports or for the tourist market long after their peak popularity. Because of this, though I could love to think they’re all from the 1930s I have to admit I really don’t know! But they’re pretty and I love them.
Do you like vintage peasant tops or do you own any- or are they something you would not wear? I know for the longest time I associated them with the 1970s, but I even liked them then 😉