The Rose Print Blouse: Simplicity 1554

Still not sure how flattering rolls are with my thick hair, but this will have to do for now. I think I’ve finally gotten over my vintage fashion-rebellion and am going back to what I’ve been sewing before. I’m slowly getting over my fear of color as well, but so far have been sticking to dark background prints, red, and black.

I finally this blouse a week or so ago and only had a chance to write about it now. Shown here with Wearing History shorts, I think it’s very versatile and should hopefully work long past Summer and straight into Fall.

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Fabric: Rayon, $7/yd, 2 yards
Pattern: Simplicity 1554
Year: 1945
Notions: black plastic buttons, $1
Time to complete: one week, working on it mostly on evenings
First worn: Hasn’t been worn yet!
Wear again? Yes
Total price: $15

Pattern used:

Simplicity 1554. I made View C, with the peter pan collar.

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I’ve made this before, but only once in View C. It’s hard to see the collar there under all that hair, but it’s there! I used rose print rayon that felt very 40s to me. It was a dream to sew and has great drape.

This is one of my favorite patterns since it can look different with very few pieces and I’d like to make it View D, the only one I haven’t made yet.

Oh. I know I said “no more vintage patterns”, but I should probably be more careful of absolutes from now on. Vintage patterns are definitely back.

The Leopard Print Dress

This week’s Sew Weekly theme is to make something inspired by nature, which to me means leopard print. I’ve made McCall’s 6559 many times now, and it’s an easy reliable pattern when your sewing needs some sort of confidence boost.

Fabric: 2 yd, jersey
Pattern: McCall’s 6559
Year: 2012
Notions: none
Time to complete: 3 hours?
First worn: two weeks ago
Wear again: yes!
Total price: $5/yd, for 2 yards = $10

This project was exactly what I needed to make up for last week’s project which wasn’t very flattering. I’ve worn this once already and it’s been very comfortable.

Me and Smurfette, test shot. I hate it when my favorites from the batch turn out to be test shots.

( cross-posted at Sew Weekly )