I’m one of those sewers who buys fabric first, and then figure out what to do with it later – much to the test of my partner’s patience!
Of all the colours popular in the 1940s, chartreuse is my favourite.
Just recently I found the most bonkers chartreuse rayon georgette at Remnant Warehouse and knew it needed to be a blouse, ASAP.
The pattern is McCall 7332, from 1948.
Originally I was going to make Version B with the 3/4 sleeves but I can never get them to sit right – does anyone know how to stop them sliding down?
Long sleeved version A it is then!
The pattern only uses 2 1/2 yards of fabric (about 2 1/4m) which is a lot of bang for so little fabric. I really like the little tucks on the chest, it’s a quick detail but makes the blouse interesting to sew.
Apologies for the washed out photos, my camera did not like the brightness of the fabric.
The pattern is sized for a 38 inch bust – and I made no changes to the sizing to fit my 42″ bust.
I did make one mod – it was to cut a larger sleeve head so I could gather it for a slight puff.
Honestly, I’m lazy and hate fussing around setting sleeves.
This weekend we also took a trip to see the steam trains at Transport Heritage Expo (yay for the Queen’s Birthday holiday).
Jakk and I are both fans of old buses, trams, planes and trains – I count myself really lucky to find someone else who gets as excited as I do about vintage transport.
Jakk is still recovering from breast cancer surgery, so it was nice to do something gentle but fun.
And dress up in our best vintage.
We took a steam train ride from Central Station to Hurstville – it’s amazing that these old trains still work and can get passengers around.
The Sydney Bus Museum had their old double-deckers running too, taking free trips around the Sydney CBD.
Sometimes, I think Sydney can be really boring and sterile (compared to other cities, like Melbourne or LA) – and then I find events like this and I wouldn’t live anywhere else!
I hope you had a great weekend.