Vintage Pattern Sewing: 1940’s Blouse and Dress

Winter is in full swing here in Vermont.  The temperatures are frigid and the snow is falling, so logically it’s time to start sewing for summer.  Perhaps it’s the lack of a warm vacation, or just the fact that my free time is not dominated by gardening, canning, cycling and hiking, either way, it seems like winter is my time for summer garment sewing.  I’m currently on a vintage kick, having scored, um, let’s just say ‘a bunch’ of great vintage Simplicity and Butterick patterns on sale over the past several months.

My first completed garment of 2015 is this adorable little Moda cotton lawn blouse using Simplicity pattern 1590.  I have finally figured out the trick to a perfect finished product, and it’s using the right fabric.  Quilting cotton may come in the most lovely variety of patterns and colors (and price savings), but it doesn’t drape worth a darn.  This Japanese cotton lawn is light, silky smooth and perfect for an airy summer shirt.

Simplicity 1590 Blouse Moda Regent Street

I next tackled Simplicity Pattern #1587, a sleek little dress in a silky fabric I purchased on clearance for a monster savings of $3/yard.  I loved the big bold flowers, I did not so much love sewing this slippery polyester.  Trying to achieve accurate pleats was a battle that I will admit, I did not win.  But the drape-yness of this design is pretty forgiving.

Simplicity 1587 Dress

I’m looking forward to warmer weather when I can model both items without goosebumps.  Next up, a Retro Butterick B5920 dress.  Linking this finish up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

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