Vintage blouse

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This is item number 3 in my vintage challenge, so by my reckoning I am producing one a month, even though my pledge is to produce 5 garments this year – I always like to under promise and over deliver 🙂

This blouse pattern is McCalls 5512 from 1970. It was innovative back then in that it had 3 sizes in the one pattern allowing the maker to move between sizes.

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Even though this is a vintage pattern, it has a fairly modern vibe with the little raglan sleeves which don’t close the armhole, just visible in the first photo.

I couldn’t resist posing at our local museum, with the local constabulary!

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The fabric is a panel which I bought as a remnant from Potter’s Textiles. When I got it home and had a good look at it, I wondered why I had bought it, so ugly! I’ve had it on the cutting table with monotonous regularity and just couldn’t bring myself to make it into anything. I toyed with the idea of donating it to the local op shop, and in the end I thought I’d use it to make a muslin of this blouse. Then I kind of fell in like with it!

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My favourite part though is the back view

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I was pretty pleased with my pattern matching down the centre back, particularly as the back seam is curved, and the way I managed to get the dots on the sleeves and the collar.

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The collar is much bigger than it appears on the pattern envelope, but I’m coming to terms with that.

Given that I’m stashbusting I decided to not buy buttons, instead fossicking through my button stash, which is considerable. In the end I chose the turquoise buttons that were in my Mother’s stash. I had wanted orange, so wasn’t certain about the blue, but actually I quite like them.

Pattern is McCalls 5512, from 1970

Fabric is a panel remnant from Potter’s Textiles

Buttons from my Mother’s stash

Jeans are Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, previously reworked

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17 thoughts on “Vintage blouse

  1. Looks really good !!
    I notice in the photo looking across the date palms to the river the house previously owned and occupied by Alan Bond-it has a copper roof
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  2. i would have loved to have ssen the panel before it was cut. I would have totally overlooked that fabric (for something plain and boring), yet you have made it into a designer summer shirt!!!
    After you pointed it out :), i had a close look at the collar. I like it and I think because it sits flat, it looks right!

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