Thursday, May 15, 2014

HSF: Black and White || 40's Seersucker Blouse

Oh goody! I'm all set to share my HSF project with you!
This challenge, as you very well may know, is to create something with the color scheme black and/or white. Ha ha! Well I've got a bit of white in this darling seersucker fabric! I really had zero clue as to what I was going to have ready for this challenge today. Since I basically only had this week to actually create, I am amazingly happy with how this project same together!

If you have been with us for a while, you just may remember me sharing with you a vintage pattern haul with you. And, just how happy I was about this pattern! Using it for the first time was so much fun! I used view 1 (pictured above) without the pocket. For some reason I was thinking it would cut back on time. That was before I had the idea of adding the belt. Ha ha! 

I had this set of buttons and matching buckle set aside for a dress, but white buttons were seeming tacky (even though it could have been historically accurate) to me and I can always switch them out if the time comes around. Are they not fabulous?!

The Challenge: due Thur 15 May.  Draw on the opposite ends of the shade spectrum to create something in black and white, or black or white.

Fabric: 2 yards of cotton seersucker- thrifted for $3.

Pattern: vintage Simplicity 3745- thrifted for .45 cents.

Year: 1944

Notions: Four vintage buttons with matching buckle- bin of sewing nick-nacks. And a bit of interfacing. Oh! and one of my own tags- gifted.

How historically accurate is it? Oh goodness! The pattern is dated quite a bit later, but adding the belt helped the silhouette alot. So in shape- yes in fabric not so much. 80% ish.

Hours to complete: 3

First worn: Today!

Total cost: Just under $5 (!) sounds about right.

The structure was just the best! I had a great time with this pattern! I will be keeping my eyes peeled for agreeable fabric to make this again soon! I think this will be ever so fun to customize more and- what a perfect summer shirt!
Oh- yes, yes, I drafted gathers into the sleeves to make it more period after the original sleeves didn't hang correctly on me. So I suppose that was one drawback. But since the new sleeve worked out so well, I didn't consider it an issue. Oh why didn't make a copy of it!?

We are off to town! It will be nice to meander along the rest of the day since we have the rest of each day this week filled with work and events. And I somehow don't mind the rainy-ness that has been upon us this week. I'm just so happy for the green sprigs everywhere you look!

 Thanks all for stopping by!

the Elder Sister and Writer


  1. Cassie,

    Your new blouse is lovely! Seersucker is a nice fabric for summer, so cool and comfortable. The red and white gingham looks very 1940's. The blouse looks great with your skirt and hair style.

    May you have a blessed day!


  2. Perfection Cassie! I have a similar fabric in my stash and now you've given me an idea what to do with it! I love your hair in these pictures! So perfect for the 1940's look!

  3. My! What a super terrific outfit my friend! Your handiwork is gorgeous, and I could ramble on about how truly vintage you look, what with your seamed stockings(!) and pretty snood... perfection Cassie! That's what it is, perfection.

    You should definitely where this vintage look more often as it's oh so very flattering on you!

    Can't wait to see your Tulip Time ensemble!

    The eldest sister & singer

  4. Beautiful work, Cassie! :D It looks so 40's. The belt is so cute, and your tag is perfect (I like your middle name too)!

  5. What a pretty blouse Cassie! I love how you used those buttons and matching buckle! So much prettier than white buttons in my opinion. You did a splendid job!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  6. You look stunning! Good job!
    I also love that hair-net- that really finishes off the look.

  7. Absolutely beautiful, Cassie! I love it....and your shoes are absolutely gorgeous as well!

  8. Wow, Cassie I LOVE this outfit. It's so adorable, classy, elegant, and vintage. And the hairnet adds the perfect touch. Love it!! :)

  9. Great blouse, Cassie! I can't sew very well, but I see it's well made. So '40's. Darling outfit together, and your tag is awesome. Love your blog, so you probably see my comments EVERYWHERE.


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