Subversive Femme

FO: McCall 6717, 1940s draped front blouse

Another month, and another finished outfit!






















I’m continuing to focus on vintage for daywear – and this little blouse will be perfect for work.

Presenting McCall 6717, a draped shoulder blouse with a buttoned up back.










The original pattern was for a 36 inch bust, and when I measured out the pattern against Gertie’s Tie Neck Blouse, the similarities were striking. I ended up modding the Gertie Blouse with the draping elements from the original (if that makes sense). I’m really happy with it!
















The vintage-look fabric is viscose georgette from Fabric Remnant Warehouse, and has a lovely drape. I used two layers of fabric when I made the self-covered buttons.














My Mods:
Using Gertie’s pattern as a starting point to get the fit right.
Enlarging the neckline slightly.
Using a bias strip to finish the neckline.

Overall Happiness Factor

I will definitely make this top again, but I think the fabric is slightly too soft to take full advantage of the shoulder drape. Perhaps a soft cotton would be a better choice next time.

Shoes, Monaco by Miss L Fire
Skirt, Self Made
Brooch, vintage 1940s from Etsy
Earrings, vintage siam silver from Etsy
Hair Flower, Viva Las Vegas

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    March 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

    You did a great job on this blouse. Love it.


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    March 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm


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    March 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    That looks great! I love the flower print. I just found a giant warehouse of fabric at decent prices. Better than Joann's.

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    March 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Am new to the idea of finishing an edge w/ bias tape, but like the look. Was it difficult to make bias tape out of such a soft material? How do you like the overall feel of it at the neckline? Would you do it again if you re-made the blouse?

    Outfit looks great!

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    March 27, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Hi Serina – I found the bias tape works the best with soft fabrics!

    I feel like it sits better? I would defintely do it again, it looks better than the facing 🙂

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    April 10, 2013 at 3:30 am

    <3 the shoes

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    January 20, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I just googled to see if anyone else had made this blouse. So nice to see you have! Did you do bound buttonholes? I'll also have to take a look at Gertie's version too. If you did bound buttonholes, seems they might be a bit tricky on a slinky fabric.

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    January 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Hi Joanna! Nope, I agree with you, bound button holes on rayon were just a step too far. I just used a tiny zig zag stitch – hope that helps 😉 x

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