I haven't done any sewing since last week, so since I'm still procrastinating putting a button on my castles skirt, naturally I thought I'd start another project. (Makes perfect sense, right?)
I've really been in the mood to sew another blouse. I just couldn't make up my mind when rifling through my blouse patterns, so I decided I'd make an attempt at turning the bodice portions of this vintage dress pattern into a blouse. It's a mail order pattern, Anne Adams 4855.
I figured the concept was simple enough that I could handle it. I lengthened the bodice and facing pieces, and changed the side seams slightly. I'll have to figure out how to move the dart tucks when I get there, because they had to be angled differently and I'm not quite sure where they should end. It was also a bit hard to tell exactly how the front pieces overlap, so I may end up finding out that it's a little big, but that's one of the reasons why I'm doing a muslin. Well, that and so I don't find out I completely botched up my bodice-into-blouse plans.
I'm not convinced I'll like the deep armholes, but I thought the whole bodice was really unique with the sleeves, collar and lower neckline, so I'm excited to try it out. I'm going to use some white cotton from my stash that has a small raised diamond pattern on it, because I desperately need a white blouse in my wardrobe. But I also think it would look great in a bold print with a contrast collar (and possibly sleeves), too. What do you think? I have to decide if I should interface the collar. I think I should, since the cotton is fairly drapey. I have some white cotton batiste that might work, and some sew-in non-woven interfacing but I'm a little nervous as the interfacing hasn't been washed. I don't really want to have to wait until the next time we do laundry to start the project.
I love mail order patterns when they come with the original envelope! Postmarked in New York, delivered in Barbourville, Kentucky. Unfortunately I can't find an actual date on the stamps. On a lark I looked up Verna B. Mays. I'm not sure if she's still alive, but if so, she would have celebrated her 93rd birthday on January 6th. Here's to sharing a piece of history with her!