Sunday, 16 May 2010

One 1940s back-buttoning blouse done!

So I've finally finished my sheer 1940s back-buttoning blouse - view 4 from Simplicity 1906 to be precise – and I'm feeling rather pleased with myself. I was so excited to get these photos taken, that I may not have washed and ironed the blouse, but I'm sure you'll forgive me...


Refreshingly the pattern had no facings. Instead it called for bias binding to finish off all raw edges, which is definitely my new best friend, producing really neat and professional looking results. I may actually use it instead of facings for other projects in the future.

I also got to try out the one-step button-hole function on my sewing machine, which was AWESOME! I couldn't help thinking I was cheating though, so I guess I should learn how to do it by hand at some point, but it was deliciously fast!


Anyway, as one project ends, another gloriously begins. I've got big plans for my next 1960s number, Vogue 5510. I plan on making the full-skirted version in the softest cotton lawn fabric (below) and if it's good enough, I hope to wear it to a very special friend's wedding this July. Fingers crossed...


8 comments:

  1. Great job. Love the fabric and green buttons. It looks really sweet on you.

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  2. That new dress is going to be beautiful. Wow, love the criss cross back. Keep us posted!

    Still have total fabric envy over the blouse, it's very very cute.

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  3. What a pretty blouse! I love the fabric, it's so fresh and summery. Is it hard to do up with the buttons in the back?

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  4. Aaw, thanks guys!

    Tasia, it's not at all hard to do up because I cheat. I put it on with the bottom 3 buttons donw up and then I can easily reach the top two ;o)

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  5. The back floral fabric is to die for! I can't wait to see it.
    Jana

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  6. Excellent - thanks for answering my silly question, I had to check back to see!

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  7. That blouse is to die for! I can to see the dress.

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  8. Thanks for the new comments, the dress is now under way and I can't wait to finish it!

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