Subversive Femme

Finished: Bare-shoulder blouses, Butterick 6965 c. 1955

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.

butterick 6965 vintage sewing pattern patterns 1950s

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.

butterick 6965 vintage sewing pattern rockabilly top blouse

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.

1950s border print skirt john wolf stagecoach


  • 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!

rockabilly dress novelty skirt vintage s knitting balls wool print

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  • Reply
    Katie Writes Stuff
    January 26, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    That looks just the thing for this crazy weather!

    • Reply
      January 29, 2019 at 8:07 am

      I’m living in them at the moment!

  • Reply
    February 26, 2019 at 7:30 am

    They look very nice and quite different from one another, they do look like they will be great staples!

  • Reply
    Claudia T
    February 27, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Is that knitting on your skirt? Amazing!

    • Reply
      March 5, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      It is, and thankyou!!

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