Friday, March 23, 2007

Funny Little Dutch Blouse

New Vintage Wardrobe Project # 3

This is latest. The Short-sleeved Windmill Overblouse.




Butterick Pattern 2325.. Late 50's Early 60's.



New tricks: in-setting a sleeve: Not too hard. Top stitching. It's easy, But you need two hands. And Go Easy On The Coffee.

Overall I like the blouse. Cute for playing around this summer. But it is boxy, and had to have fittings even after the buttons went on.. Even now as I post, I don't like what the big buttons do to the light weight material and I think I am going to back them with some interfacing because even though they are quirky, I think they "wake up" the blouse.






I had the same problem with this pattern that I had with my other one. The neck holes had to be made larger on both. Women in the late 50's must have had really scrawny necks. You can only discover this after you put the shirt pretty well together as the facing on these collars is one of the later steps. I am now fully bonded with my seam ripper. I also layer this one with a tank because I didn't look at the pattern carefully enough when I was doing the "paper fitting" ( aka: holding up the pattern to your body before cutting to make certain you won't waste you material making something that will only fit your dog.) If I had realized the slit construction was so different from project 2, I would have realized that I needed to add about 3-4 inches in length to avoid showing any belly over the top of my jeans. Nobody wants to see that... Believe me. Pasty and Yucky.

Learn from my mistakes, read your pattern carefully and fully before you cut anything out..




New favorite from the thrifted vintage notions pile: light weight rayon seam binding. I love the look of it and what it does for the hem. So much more elegant than rolled and machine stitched... yes, I am the only one that will see this but I am just loving the challenge of making the insides of the garment look good too.



The crazy photo shoot due to the fact that I hadElla Jenkins singing I am a Funny Little Dutch Girl in my head while I was finishing this up. Must have been the windmills.




As always, NVW Photo credits go to Jacob. (The neighbors think we are nuts!) They are a little blurrier than we like but that is because my photographer had detention for rough housing. Our lives of Fashion are not all glamour after all.

31 comments:

Daphne said...

You are so flippin' cute.

louise said...

you are a total groover! i am still giggling! the blouse is great - good work!

capello said...

you are so stinking cute.

and i heart your bike.

Angelina said...

ditto ditto and ditto.

I am so impressed with the work you are putting into these projects. It's so inspiring that you are learning to do couture details. I am actually shamefully lazy when it comes to my own clothes.

You are also apparently learning all of the lessons I have learned about using patterns. I have started making a first version out of cheap muslin. It helps you really fit it to yourself which you can't do with the tissue because it would rip.

Doing a first fitting with muslin is the way pros do it.

angela said...

love it!

I can never actually be bothered making a muslin. so instead I try to do some basic paper fitting with the pattern mainly for length. never managed to do much more with the paper fitting approach because of the potential to rip it. after cutting the fabric out, I construct the garment by pinning it together. this was it can be tried on before any sewing. starting doing this after a few annoying episodes where following a pattern has meant doing a lot of finishing before the garment could be fitted - this meant lots of unpicking and refinishing. all too much for the impatient.

amadna button said...

wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!! You are insanely adorable and your sense of style is fantastic! BRAVO again!!! Best outfit EVER!!!!

OldRound said...

Witchy-poo leggings! Who needs fashion mags. I've got the newly discovered becktress (?) and Bitter Betty. Ya'll rock. Look good. And nice sewing. Love the buttons.

Wende said...

Oh, super super coolio! You rock!

As for the length, Not Martha has a link for knitted belly warmers that would look PERFECT with your little dutch blouse. :D

kimberly sherrod said...

you are a hoot!! I love the leggings- I am so getting some of those! When I finish this art apron I told my super Fred he will have to take pictures of me with my bike!! It's pink with a basket like yours! I love the tiny top and the details are extra special nice. I am going to try my hand at some skirts next but I applaud your efforts! I hate setting in sleeves! UGH! I am looking forward to the fabulous egg!!!! yahoo! I will be blogging your wonderful wackiness soon, sistah!

Kristin said...

Oh, you are my style idol! I totally adore the shirt, fabric, buttons and leggings! Great!

I wonder how those Vogue re-release patterns would compare to the originals. I don't know if they modified them, or if they are exactly the same...Any experience?

julie (jane's apron) said...

I recently found your blog and love it (cool fashion shoots!). I admire your sewing skills...I just made my first attempt this week...an apron from a vintage pattern.

Bitterbetty said...

Kristin-
I haven't tried the Vogue Re releases.. But I am curious about them. If I try them... I will Blog Them.

The A team ( Angelina and Angela) I have come up with a Muslin solution... And if all goes well you can wear your first attempt.. Heheh. Stay tuned for chapter 4 in my little saga...

Gypsy Purple said...

I totally love your blog...great ideas and refreshing style...I`m glad I came to visit!!

risa said...

love the shirt and the skirt. and the bike. i especially love those red buttons. yum.

Vanessa said...

You are so adorable that I can't hardly stand it!!!!! I love it!!!! I think the blouse is soo sooo wonderful! You made me feel "as funny as funny could be..." Yippeee!!!! Funny, as in giggling in this case.. giggling with wonderfulness found here.

M. Orr said...

I love the windmills!!

shula said...

Very funky look.

And excellent bike.

jungle dream pagoda said...

So adorable,so glad you joined WR . Love the windmill fabric!

Dee Light said...

Too fun!!! The top is great, and I love those leggings.

Vanessa said...

I can't get over your Pippilaradelicatessa window-shade longstocking wonderful self! If I was near, I could take my three wheel vintage hollywood schwinn...You could take your wonderfffful bike (don't know what it is, but it looks spectac), and we could go cruisin.....Under all those trees there!!!

PamKittyMorning said...

You are darling. Seriously. Love the leggings with it. And the bike, amazing. I have a girls pink cruiser but the last thing anyone needs to see is my huge behind moving away. Nice photos by your son. Oh and we used to put small clear buttons on the wrong side behind the buttons as support in the olden days.

Nichola said...

Fabulous top, fabulous outfit and fabulous shots! You are fab!

sulu-design said...

I'm thrilled that you left a comment on my blg since it led me to yours - I LOVE IT. Truth be told, I've only scrolled through the photos so far (I can have an attention problem - reading is hard when there're so many fun things to look at), but I'm totally hooked. This blouse and the other sleeveless one you made a little while back are so stinkin' cute! And the adorned embroidery hoops from a few posts ago are great. You have a new loyal reader!

Violette Crumble said...

I am in awe!!!
Also, keep the buttons for sure, the shirt 'aint boxy.

Sonya said...

Bethany, I still can't stand how cute you are, I don't think I could be seen in public with you - such are your eclipsing ways. We need to get over to Creative Reuse to let you raid their seam binding stash.

futuregirl said...

Holy smokes. This post is cute all the way around. I love imagining your son taking all these pictures. What a hilarious memory for you guys to have " ... remember when you craft blogged, Mom ... " so cool.

The shirt is way awesome. I like it layered - isn't that the style these days? You are so intrinsically hip you're even stylish on accident. :)

Mama said...

Hello!-- Say, I help Kristin on the Sew, Mama, Sew site & found your blog via your great review. On the Whip Up site in the sidebar there's a little blurb about unique bags for consideration for a book? Anyhow, I thought you should enter the "rice" bag! There isn't a fee, it looks like, and I think it's just what they seem to be looking for!

The MoMA said...

Re: your comment about bonding with the seam-ripper. It's a family thing. I couldn't live without what your Great Aunt Esther affectionately calls "the frog tool". Rippit! Rippit!
Cute top!

Dorie said...

That blouse rocks!

Kristi said...

Cute, I think it looks great with those leggings. I just found your site and have enjoyed reading your different projects.

Sylvie said...

You are GREAT!
I love your style and spirit!

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