Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Vintage? 1980's Blouse

If the 1980's are considered vintage, does that mean that I'm vintage too???

About a month ago, my mom and I went to church rummage sale.  This is the second time I've been to it and last time we scored 2 vintage sewing machines (which I have yet to post!!!)  This time around we got some fun fabric, a vintage sheet, some notions (a pointer press, grommet setter, etc) and patterns for a nickel each.  Found some really fun patterns including this one:

I think my mom found it, but it was in my size (sort of) so I nabbed it.  I was drawn to it because it resembles my favorite outfit when I was in pre-school, a white jumper (shorts attached to the top).  I remember it had thin red, blue and yellow vertical stripes and it buttoned at the shoulder.  I think the buttons were pieces of fruit!  I loved that thing, but it was a pain to use the restroom.  Definitely a challenge for a 5 year old.

Then a couple weeks ago I went to JoAnn's for some patterns and found a blue and white stripe poly charmeuse!  A match made in heaven!

So here's the top:

I decided that since I was working with poly charmeuse for the first time, I would not do the buttons at the shoulder.  I'm surprised I had very little trouble working with the fabric.  It did not press well though and shredded like crazy.   I sewed french seams throughout and lengthened the pattern by 1".  I should have widened it in the hips a little, but it fits, just a little snug.  I want to make a white skirt now to go with it.  Still haven't decided on whether or not I will put the pocket on.  What do you think? Does it need it?


  1. Wow, I remember owning this pattern. I finally tossed it a couple of years ago because it was "used up". Very simple and fast. Great job-who said you can't buy anything for a nickle anymore?

  2. Love! I don't think it needs the pocket, though it would look good with the pattered turned sideways.

  3. Cute top! You could sew the buttons on, even if you did not make the placket. Pocket...don't think it needs one but you could take a piece of fabric and pin it on and see how it looks.

  4. I don't think it needs the pocket, the buttons may be cute though.

  5. Stripes make such interesting garments. This is a super top. I had a pattern, similar and wish I still had it. Looks great!

  6. I wouldn't call it vintage. I looks quite contemporary. Love the way you've used the direction of the stripes.