Saturday, January 27, 2024

Estate Sale Pattern Finds

For so many years I avoided most 1970s styles.  But since I have been searching for a "perfect" blouse for at least a decade, when I found this pattern at an estate sale, I decided that I needed to give it a try.

Now, to be fair, I don't think that a fairly stable woven cotton is exactly what this design calls for.  On the other hand, it's easy to work with, I thought that the floral design would look nice with the style lines, and I had enough stashed away to give the pattern a try.  Which was good enough for me!

Now is it my dream blouse?  Probably not . . . I'm beginning to think that one doesn't actually exist.

But a high neck silhouette has been growing on me over the last few years.  And I do like the yoke, even if it's difficult to see the style lines with this busy print.

The sleeve is pulled in with elastic for this design.  And while I absolutely prefer a buttoned cuff, it's nice to change things up a bit every once in a while.

I don't believe that my wrists are particularly small, but it was almost impossible to get that elastic small enough - perhaps something to do with the fabric choice being slightly thicker than called for?

I am thinking about making this up in a rayon challis . . . if I don't get distracted by something else in the meantime.

As for my cotton version, it's very comfortable to wear.  I had some misgivings about a center back zipper on a blouse, but it all worked out.  But I might not be as happy about that with a drapey rayon challis . . . something to think about.

I suspect that there is enough excess fabric that a zipper would get lost in the folds of fabric, but I would probably use a regular zip instead of an invisible one just to maintain as much of the drape in the rayon as possible.

And now I've decided that I need to dig around in the stash and find a suitable rayon.

And the project queue continues to grow . . .

Blouse:  Made by me, Vogue 9345
Skirt:  Made by me, Simplicity 8458
Earrings:  Etsy
Shoes:  Sam Edelman

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