A few weeks ago, whilst on a wonderful blogger meet-up with Karen, Shivani, Zoe and Stevie, I had the pleasure of visiting Ditto Fabrics in Brighton. I’ve bought a few things from Ditto online before, but the actual shop holds way more exciting and reasonably priced fabric than is decent. Whilst I was in there, I found the perfect bluey/green cotton fabric for my second 1930's blouse, here's a reminder of the first one, the rabbit blouse.
And here's the second one..
For some reason I’ve been desperate to make this blouse - I’ve been trying to sneak the odd hour in here and there but my children have been on school holidays, so I’ve had very little opportunity to sew. I finally finished it when I had my first free day yesterday.
I used the same 1930’s pattern that I used for my rabbit blouse (Simplicity 2844) and it was as straightforward as I remember to sew together. The big difference between this version and the rabbit version is the fabric. There’s lots of catch stitching in this pattern. This wasn’t a problem with the first blouse as I used a double gauze fabric, so there’s an entire extra layer to catch. The bluey/green fabric was too tightly woven to catch stitch without it showing through on the outside, so I improvised and topstitched the facing to the front edges and collar.
Because there’s already top stitching on the yoke and shoulders, I think it works pretty well. To finish off, I used some of the vintage buttons I picked up in Bath – a perfect match. I already like the shape and fit of this blouse, so didn’t bother messing about with the pattern. This version does seem a little baggier than the first version, but I think that’s more to do with the lighter coloured, plain fabric making it seem bigger. I really love the colour though – it’s so 1930’s.
|Trying to look 1930's and blending in with the wall|
I had to match it with these white sailor trousers for the photos as I needed a high waist - and I couldn’t subject you to yet another shot of my 1940’s navy strides! On a final, gleeful note, I had enough fabric left to make something else, which isn’t quite finished yet. More on that in the next post….
Happy Thursday. x