I could so easily get carried away with gorgeous vintage dresses…. and I will!… but not just yet. My wardrobe is screaming out for separates, for an easy thrown together work outfit. I think I’ve been sporting the same ‘Primani’ tops for a good couple of years now and it is indeed time for change. And so the gingham blouse was born, just yesterday!
The yoke of the blouse extends from the back piece and there are some interesting pleats on the front. Bias strips always look good in gingham and finished off the armholes beautifully. The subtle cap sleeves sharpen the shape and I think it gives a little 40s edge.
And what luck to have found those little red flower buttons at the London Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Fair a couple of weeks ago. As I was pinning out the fabric, the red bobbles on the pins popped with the gingham and I had a Eureka moment when I remembered those cute little flowers! The button holes were a breeze, considering my breath-holding buttonhole experience with Mr Ooobop’s western shirt!
The pattern is an interesting one from Burdastyle magazine, one of my must-have monthly indulges. The September issue was a Folk-style Special and hey, who knows when I will need a dirndl, but there is always a little gem hidden away among the 60 odd patterns! Not bad for a cover price of £4.75 methinks!
- Inspiration from this top came primarily from Handmade Jane’s Hillbilly Blouse. I saw it and had to have one!
But I can’t pretend that I wasn’t spurred on and kicked into gear by Harper 7’s snazzy little outfit!!
But isn’t it true to say that along with polka dots, gingham is never ever going to be out of fashion. And just look what glamourous ladies I found wearing it well…
Well, I might be making a few more of these. This crazy hot weather is not encouraging me to move onto the autumn/winter project list yet…. but I’m not complaining at all! Anyone still making summer clothes?