1940s Girl Friday Blouse

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1940s Girl Friday Blouse

I have absolutely fallen in love with this blouse since seeing it on Chuleenan of C Sews. As a matter of fact I’m dedicating this post to this vintage style blouse. Each one I make I am going to post a photograph here of the completed project. It will be the “All You Wanted To Know About The 1940s Girl Friday Blouse” page. My most excellent news is that I have just placed an order for my very own copy. Happy, happy, joy, joy. I probably need to trace this pattern onto paper because I am surely going to WEAR IT OUT!

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Pattern and red cotton fabric

Click here to get your own 1940s Girl Friday blouse. It comes in a whopping nine sizes from a 30 to 46 bust and takes 1 3/4 yard of 45″ fabric. You may choose to include shoulder pads or not. Of course I will have shoulder pads. Hey, it’s 1940 all over again when you’re wearing this baby.

Sew cool: I’ve joined Lucky Lucille’s Sew For Victory sew-a-long. Finally, I get to join in on some LL fun. Her blog and talent are the business.



Wanting to go for a real vintage look I will be installing my zippers with the hand pick stitch though the pattern calls for an invisible zipper. I have always shyed away from them due to lack of confidence. I think it’s time to give it a try. I’ll bet actually installing one is not as fearsome as the thought. Stay tuned with me as I crank the first of surely many 1940’s style blouses out. Look to the right or below and click to follow.

The challenge was extended until the end of April. What a boon for me with sew many things happening at the home front. Finally I was able to begin working on this project. Working out of sequence I started on the collar yesterday. It has been cut and the hand stitches has commenced.

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Stay tuned for additional progression notes!

4/23/2014 – Guess what! Having almost completed the blouse, I wound up taking it apart this morning. I made the darn thing too small. It seems I focused on the chest area which fit fine but the waist on down . . . NOOOT!!! It was way too tight. To “fix it” I opened out four of the tucks which did allow it to fit over my big head, but of course, it looked stupid. At first I was determined to press on in the name of, “Oh, it’s simply a wearable muslin; I’ll lose weight to fit in it.” Thankfully I came to my senses during the night. I decided to salvage what I could and forge ahead.

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Frogging this blouse!

I’m going to use this red fabric for the center block of a Courthouse Steps quilt I am going to make. Meanwhile I came up with another idea for my 1940s Girl Friday Blouse. Had to do something to save the day for the Sew For Victory 1940s Challenge. I went to my stash this morning, pulled out some black and white cotton. Check this out:

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I am going to make this blouse in white, with contrasting collars! Yay!

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In a rush to get out and come post I got a bit of blur. Not to worry, the final photo of me in the blouse will be a better shot. Too bad I don’t have a dressform. But, that’s another topic. I’d much rather photograph my garments on it versus on me.

I have about a week to complete this sew stay tuned for the final production!

4-28-14 I completed it just now. I decided to add light shoulder pads to get the look on the pattern envelope.

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Um, I did press this; right?

Project Synopsis:

  • Overall I feel this pattern was not difficult. I would categorize it for the intermediate sewist.
  • My final blouse is too large across the bust; not sure how to correct it without ripping out the side zipper and replacing it. NOT gonna happen any time soon. Not to worry, this is a wearable muslin done to check things out first. I don’t like overly clingy clothing on my ample body so may just leave it like it is.
  • If I decide the bust is totally unacceptable I will remove the collar and apply it to a smaller project.
  • This blouse is comfortable and has the capability of being sexy had I made the bust area smaller.
  • I like how it fits my waist area and sits nicely on my hips!
  • I was advised to use a very lightweight fabric on the underside of the collar due to the thickness created when putting the collars together. That was excellent advice. I did not take it with this wearable muslin but will keep that in mind for future projects with this pattern.
  • There will be more of these in varying colors and fabrics.

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Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

 

 

Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012

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18 thoughts on “1940s Girl Friday Blouse

  1. Gwen Gyldenege
    April 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm Edit

    Yay! Sew for Victory sister! I love the Decades of Style patterns. Have you also tried Eva Dress?

    That finished girl friday in white linen is divine. I want one!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hand-picked zippers aren’t that hard. Totally worth the time. I learned from a woman in Kansas City at a neat indie fabric store. Susan Khalje teaches them. I think also in her Craftsy class. I’m pretty sure my Stanly Hostek books also have that in them. His books are totally worth investing in if you like hand-sewing. In fact, he showed us a suit he hand sewed (entirely!) in the 70’s which still looked new. I wrote more and linked his books here. http://www.calmundertension.com/1/post/2013/07/hand-stitching-and-stanley-hostek.html
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    Lyric
    April 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm Edit

    Good gawd you are a wealth of pertinent information, Gwen. I am sew glad I “found” and am following you. Thank you for stopping, for following, and for sharing this worthwhile information. I am on it right now, checking it all out. I do sew want to get into hand sewing. Not sure why, it just seems the direction I should go in for taking my sewing to another level. I think it kinda quaint too. To make a Regency day dress by hand, ahhhh, excited at the thought.

    Keep up the good work, girl.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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  2. Gwen Gyldenege
    April 24, 2014 at 11:22 am Edit

    Way to save the day Lyric! I think the contrasting colors are fun. Plus, you not only get the 1940’s look, but also the Alabama Channin one too!!! Tre cool. I’m so glad you came to your senses in the night. I’ve been there doing the same thing, looking at something that with adjustments looks (Stupid!!!) but trying to keep it going. Sometimes it’s just better to cut and run, eh?!
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    Lyric
    April 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm Edit

    Hey there, Gwen!

    Thanks for writing, I needed that. You’ve made my day! Uuuwww, I’ve gotta look up “Alabama Channin”; never heard of that.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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  3. Chuleenan – C Sews
    April 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm Edit

    Nice job on the collar! You did all the rows of hand stitching, eh? Good for you! Your sleeve detail is very nice, too. I think you could add a dart or tuck to the front to take up a little of the extra fabric around the bust. I think I had to remove two from the back because my Girl Friday blouse needed more ease around the hips. Congrats on finishing it!
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    Lyric
    May 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm Edit

    Omg, Chuleenan, I am honored that you saw AND stopped by. Thank you, my sewist sister. You have made my day!

    Cheers,

    Lyric

    P.S. There will be MANY more of these blouses coming off my 1925 sewing machine.

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  4. Gwen Gyldenege
    May 1, 2014 at 11:37 am Edit

    Oh Lyric, it’s beautiful! I love the hand stitching detail on the sleeve too. How lovely!
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    Lyric
    May 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm Edit

    Thank you, Gwen. I really appreciate your saying so. This made me happy. 😉

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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  5. ksgentry
    May 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm Edit

    I saw your blouse on the flickr group and just had to pop over and say what a phenomenal job on this blouse, your collars are amazing.
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    Lyric
    May 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm Edit

    Bless your heart, KS!

    Thank you very much for taking time out of your day to stop by, visit, and be complimentary. 😉

    Cheers,

    Lyric

    P.S. Now you know I’ve got to reciprocate the visit, right?

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  6. Kristin Cline
    May 7, 2014 at 11:32 am Edit

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing future variations! You’ve got me wanting to do some hand stitching now 😉
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    Lyric
    May 7, 2014 at 11:54 am Edit

    Hello K. Cline,

    Cool beans that you’ll be reading along. This made my day.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

    P.S. Yes, do some stitching, blog about it and let a sewing sister know.

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  7. Nothy
    July 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm Edit

    Great blouse. I love the stitching on the sleeves.
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    Lyric
    July 12, 2014 at 7:53 pm Edit

    Thank you, Nothy. I appreciate your saying so.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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    1. Hello Ida:

      Thank you for visiting Sew Lyrically Vintage. Guess what . . . I did not pre-treat the red on the collar. Sew, when I washed it some got on the white. Then, I got this bright idea to use a product that brightens whites, right!! So, I put the whole thing in . . . it comes out with the red looking dead, the white ugly as ever, the stitching on the collar faded looking (from the product doing what it was supposed to). Can you say, SUPER DUPER, DUH???!! Phooey on me. Guess I’ll have to make another, right. That was my wearable muslin anywho.

      Thank you for visiting and stopping.

      Cheers,

      Lyric

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      1. Hello again, Ida:

        You are a smart girl. We live off grid (washing is a big ole “chore” on the for real at my house) and I confess to sometimes not doing things like pre-treating my fabric. Honestly, I just did not even think to for this project, double duh on me. The one good thing though . . . . get this . . . . I get to make another, and it’ll fit even better because my sewing is getting better (even if unnoticeable by others, bwaahhhh).

        Perhaps I need to make that a top priority for early 2015; like maybe before the end of February. I keep looking to see if there will be another Fall For Cotton Sew-A-Long, but wait, it’s almost winter already. Sigh. Okay, looks like I’m on my own here. I personally pledge to make another 1940’s Girl Friday Blouse by the end of February, 2015! Yeah, that’s it. I promise.

        Cheers,

        Lyric

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  8. Chris

    Hi, I saw your review on PR and had to stop by. Of all the DOS garments on there, yours stands out! I do wish there was a picture of the whole blouse instead of all being cut off above the waist; as a pear shape, I’d like to see how it fits through the hips. I canNOT believe that after all your hard and stunning work the thing was ruined in the laundry! I’m so sorry, but I will be eagerly awaiting your next version!

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    1. Hello Chris,

      You have just given me a sweet boost to “git r done”. Thank you for that. Oh, and as a wearable muslin not sure if I shared that my version was way too big in the bust area. Hopefully simply cutting out utilizing the multi-sizing will be all that is needed as I am sure a SBA is not in order for my girls, LOL.

      Cheers,

      Lyric

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