I hadn’t got round to sewing this 1950’s Simplicity pattern before as it’s for a 34 inch bust and I thought it would be too small. I've been trying to work up the energy to try a full bust adjustment. Then I read this post by Gina on her blog Vintage Girl, in which she recommends choosing a pattern based on your high bust measurement rather than your full bust measurement for a more accurate fit. Apparently, this is a good way to buy a pattern if you’re a C cup or above, which I am. I usually cut a size 36 bust, as that’s what my bust measures, but I do have problems with back width and general bagginess. My high bust is 34, so as an experiment, I thought I’d sew up the 34 inch pattern and see how I fared.
As my test fabric I used some £2 a metre navy gingham from Shepherd’s Bush market. I LOVE gingham and always have. Here I am on holiday in Italy aged five, rocking the gingham look!
And here’s one of my mum and her friends from the same holiday looking ridiculously 1970’s! It’s nothing whatsoever to do with sewing, but I couldn’t resist, look at her outfit!
So, back to the blouse… I secretly hoped the test blouse would fit so I could prance around in something gingham.
And guess what? It does! It’s a really good fit across the bust ….
....and across the back.
No back narrowing adjustment needed. Thank you Gina for a really useful post.
The pattern has some lovely details, dart tucks at the front and back plus neck darts. It’s also naturally longer than a lot of 1950’s patterns, which often tend to be on the short side. I’ll admit that attaching the collar and facing was an absolute bugger for me to get my head round. I finally figured it out, but there was a fair bit of unpicking to do before it all made sense. Apart from that, it was a nice, easy pattern. I’ll almost certainly use it again to make a second version.
I do feel a bit like Ellie May Clampett from the Beverley Hillbillies in it but that’s no bad thing. Being navy based, it will match lots of my wardrobe, so I’m sure it will get lots of wear. Next up, something in polka dots I think….