>Hurrah! A finished project!
The fabric for this blouse started life as a 1950s skirt, but was teensy tiny and pretty faded, so a re-purposing I did go! I had a hard time finding a pattern that could fit the yardage I had, but ended up with Simplicity 4530. This seems to have been a very popular pattern in the 1950’s because I see it pop up all the time online (I think I’ve owned at least two copies of this myself). I often wondered why, but after making it up I can say I truly do love this pattern and I know I’ll be making more shirts from it and wearing this one all the time! It really was one of the fastest blouses I have ever made, after figuring out how to cut so I had enough to make this. I did have to piece the facings and I did not have enough to add the bias cuffs, but no biggie- I just used “hug snug” seam binding on the inside. It’s funny- the lines of the blouse are almost mid 1930’s with the wide collar and cut of the sleeves, but with the nice fitting of double release darts so common in 1950’s blouses.
I love the fabric. It’s kind of “Blue Man Group” meets 1950s novelty fabrics meets “I want to be a world traveler”. I paired vintage buttons with it and I really think it looks pretty original. Woohoo for projects coming together!