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