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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

· 1950s Candy-Striped Blouse ·


Well.  It certainly looks like I've turned into Little Miss Blouses and Skirts lately, doesn't it?!  Never fear, I should be reverting back to my usual All Dresses All the Time phase soon. ;-)


In the meantime however, this blouse was a fun one to make!  We had this stripey fabric leftover from a different project, so making the last bits into a blouse seemed so gratifyingly stash-busting!  Never mind the fact that the fabric only originally took up a small space in the stash... the important thing to focus on is that I completely used up another fabric!

That *is* the most important part, right?! ;-)


I used Simplicity 2154 for this blouse too, it's my new favorite blouse sloper pattern. :-)

I changed the neckline to be a boatneck like a 1950s dress I was inspired by and the stand collar/band extends into ties in the front.


Oh, and of course vintage suitcases are the ideal accessory!

This blouse paired so nicely with a white sweater and my grey wool skirt. :-)


I had just the right amount of vintage buttons for this- hooray for more stash-busting!!



I love the details on vintage hats.  This seems like a plain grey hat, but the demure bow with little rhinestones adds just the right touch!


A funny trivia for this one- the fabric is actually printed with diagonal stripes.  That means that the entire body of the blouse is now bias-cut, while the neckline detail is on the straight-grain!


· Photos by the inimitable Kathryn! ·

27 comments:

  1. LOVE! You are just too cute & so is your outfit. :D Way to go with the stashbusting! I think big pieces of fabric are way easier to find a project for - it's those little bits that can be harder to find a purpose for. :) That hat is adorbs! I love the little bow at the back.

    What a fun background for your photos as well!

    A+ all around, Lily!
    ~Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Glad to have some affirmation that even the smallest stashbusting is not wasted effort. ;-) I was so happy to remember that train station! It's nice and local, but I completely forgot about taking photos there before!

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  2. This is such a cute outfit, Lily!! The blouse is absolute perfection!! Nothing could be better suited to the design than that adorable striped fabric. I love how you added a button front and that gorgeous neck detail. Too, too gorgeous!!
    Your hat is absolutely lovely as well...not to mention the skirt, and the blouse. And the suitcase? Oh boy!!
    You look just beautiful, Lily! Lovely job on a lovely blouse! :)

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  3. Stunningly beautiful as always!

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    1. Thanks so much Merry! You're sweet!

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  4. It is so lovely Lily :0) and that suitcase? just divine! mari

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    1. Thanks Mari! I have such a weakness for cute suitcases.... ;-)

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  5. Very cute! I really like the blouse - I might have to pick up that simplicty pattern!

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    1. Thanks Isabella! :-) You won't regret the pattern- it's such a great basic!

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  6. Oh how I love reading and admiring each one of your posts Lily! I am constantly left inspired by your creations as always and adore your pictures:)
    -Madison
    www.1minniemuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Madison! Thank you for commenting- comments are my favorite part of blogging! :-)

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  7. You are adorable in all your outfits, including this one! Great clothes and accessories, and a lovely place for photos, also.

    Best,
    Quinn

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  8. Too cute! You have a very fabulous sense of mixing colors and patterns :-)

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    1. That's a wonderful compliment- thank you! :-)

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  9. I am a sucker for red and white stripes! So I ADORE this outfit! It's so much fun!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  10. What a fabulous idea to cut the blouse on the bias to get the stripes straight. Though I have to say you were quite daring to sew it that way! How did you manage the darts?

    Blessings,

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

    P.S. You have inspired me to make more blouses for myself. :)

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    1. Thanks Brigid! Hope the blouse plan goes well for you! I've been looking through my stash lately and seeing so many 1 yard leftovers- perfect for blouses.... the only thing is, I used to despise blouses, so it seems like such a weird thing to suddenly have an urge for! ;-) I didn't do anything differently with the blouse even though it is bias- the darts behaved just fine, probably because it's such a firm weave and doesn't have too much drape even on the bias (regular quilting cotton). I did find the armholes wanted to stretch out a bit, so I made sure to ease them back into shape with the bindings. :-)

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  11. Such an adorable outfit! I love everything about it!

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  12. Great outfit, the blouse is lovely. I really like it paired with grey, the hat and skirt are fabulous.

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    1. Thanks so much! I originally planned on something a bit more colorful to pair with it, but grey does end up going rather well! :-)

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  13. Gosh! Another gorgeous outfit and make Lily! I would have so been too chicken to try cutting a bias pattern on the straight, but this so worked out so well for you. I think finding projects for small pieces of fabric is so hard, so kudos on the stash busting. ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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