Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sewing Retro: Vintage Shirt and Blouses

sewing retro
Wearing true vintage fashion can be difficult. Sometimes they just seem too costumey, and not casual enough for real life. Fit and availability are other issues. These problems can be solved nicely by sewing your own vintage looks. But this project can present another problem: where to find vintage styled patterns and fabric?
A good place to start are casual shirts with a 1950's or early 60's design style sewn up in fabrics that seem very vintage in look. Shirts and blouses fit easily into our modern lives, while capturing the essence of vintage fashion. They are also some of the easiest fashion sewing projects, and can be a great way to start sewing for yourself.

retro fabric
Button front blouses with a fitted silhouette are available from several of the big pattern companies. Keeping the fit close to the body provides the retro silhouette you want. Slim sleeves, worn short or long are classic. Note the details: collar shape and button fronts.
The best fit for a curvey body shape are the long princess seam lines that will make up a slender style. These are also easier to alter.
For more design details, the Vogue7003 blouse has several front darts, with is such a vintage look. This style also comes with French cuffs.

retro fabric
Selecting the right printed fabric comes next. Three of the most popular themes are nature (top), pictorial (middle) and graphic (bottom). The 'all over' prints are easiest to lay out, since you won't need to match anything. These prints are a good choice when sewing a princess seam line style. The horizontal motifs in the bottom set are best in patterns that have simple bodice darts and only the center front needs to be aligned.

So, consider making a blouse for summer (no sleeves, now that's easy!).

All of the retro style fabrics shown here are from BonBonAtelier on Etsy.
Fabrics:
CLOUD 9: POTS AND JUGS, PROTEAS, AVENUE, SHARDS
KOKKA: HOT AIR PARIS, RUSSIAN FAIR
LIZZIE HOUSE: PEEPS
ALEXANDER HENRY: DAGMAR PLAID


Blouse Patterns:
MCCALLS6285, MCCALLS6076, MCCALLS5138, MCCALLS2094,
UTTERICK5538, BUTTERICK5538, BUTTERICK5300
VOGUE 7903

2 comments:

thevintagetraveler said...

You are inspiring me! With all the great new retro-ish fabrics, you could have a whole wardrobe of cute blouses.

When I was in college I had a favorite blouse pattern ( Jane Tise Young Designer from Butterick). I must have made that blouse a dozen times!

Cathe said...

Wow, this is great insight! Thank you!

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