It’s really hot and humid in Sydney right now, which always makes me think about short-sleeved blouses to beat the heat! Luckily I was digitizing Butterick 6965 for my Etsy store, so it seemed a good time to make the blouse for myself as well.
This blouse is so quick to make, I ended up making THREE versions in one weekend. Crazy.
My favourite version is definitely the View A pussy-bow neckline. I’m not normally a fan of big bows, but I had some lovely yellow rayon that I thought would make it nice and soft.
It pairs really well with some darker 1950s skirts I have in my wardrobe.
The other version I made is View C – the vampy collar, made in a tan pima cotton.
Something I really like about the pattern is how you face the armholes with self-made bias strips. It gives a really neat finish to the edges.
I tried to match the tan colour in a vintage border print skirt I found over Christmas – I think they’re pretty close and has a bit of a western vibe.
- Cut the bare shoulder a fraction thicker to cover my bra-strap.
- That’s it!
Surprisingly the size 20 (38″ bust) fit my 40″ with no changes. I’m assuming they preferred a lot more ease back then? But literally no major changes and it fit straight out of the packet for me (unheard of).
I ended up making a plain black version of the vampy collar one in stretch poplin in the same weekend, and it’s a hit too. I can’t wait to make more – they’re perfect for work as I can cover up with a bolero in the office where it’s air conditioned, and still stay cool outside in the heat.
If you’re interested in this pattern as well, it’s available by PDF download here.
Hope you’re having a great week so far!