Subversive Femme

FO: Chartreuse and Steam Trains

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.

1940s sewing pattern plus size vintage blouse mccalls

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?

1940s sewing pattern plus size vintage blouse mccalls

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.

Pants – me made, the Evadress swing trousers
1940s felt hat, vintage from Facebook
Novelty brooch – eBay
1930’s bag – Viva Las Vegas
Gold snood – Lacey Rose Creations

This weekend we also took a trip to see the steam trains at Transport Heritage Expo (yay for the Queen’s Birthday holiday).

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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.


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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.

1950s train transport heritage expo sydney

The Sydney Bus Museum had their old double-deckers running too, taking free trips around the Sydney CBD.

vintage bus

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.

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  • Reply
    June 14, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    The blouse is fabulous. We enjoy vintage transport as well. Sending prayers and hugs to Jakk as she recovers.

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    June 15, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Love trains and love that blouse! I also love those bright colors, but sadly, the 'greeny-yellow' are in the hues that don't suit my complexion. So fantastic tho'!. And much Peace and Light to Jakk on a successful result from surgery and speedy mending.

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    kate steeper
    June 15, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Nice to see you out and about again looking glam

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    Ette Ett
    June 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Great blouse and an amazing Color! Hope you had a wonderful day in the old train and I wish you both all the best for Jakk's health. I was diagnosed with cancer myself two years ago, so I know how you two must feel.
    I face the same problem with 40s patterns, that the sleeves slide from the shoulders due to the placement of the shoulder seam. What I do is to attach a cotton ribbon on the inside of the highest point of the sleeve (so not on the shoulder seam, but in front of it) and on the inside of the collar, the ribbon should be a little shorter than the fabric on the shoulders, but not too much. Like this, the sleeve cap stays in place and the fabric of the bodice is not stretched by its weight.

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    June 21, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Lovely blouse! The color looks fantastic on you (not everyone can pull it off!) Lovely pics of the train, too. Looks like a nice time. Hope Jakk recovers quickly!

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    Sue Rostron
    July 8, 2017 at 10:39 am

    |Great sewing.. Sorry to hear about Jakk. I had BC a couple of years ago so I wish a speedy recovery for Jakk.

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      July 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Thankyou xx

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    July 11, 2017 at 2:09 am

    so sorry to hear about Jakk. Hope he recovers soon. I really like the blouse. fabulous job. the color is looking so good on you. The pics are looking so vintage..

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    July 18, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Stunning colour blouse and beautifully made.

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