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.