My Fall for Cotton project is complete! I wasn’t able to accomplish as much as I planned, but I do have a nice new blouse.
I sewed McCall 4854, a blouse pattern from 1942.
As you may recall from my project plans, I used a vintage cotton fabric in my stash, along with red vintage buttons, and I sewed the buttonholes by hand with vintage red buttonhole twist. The buttonholes are probably my favorite part of the blouse!
When I started off on this project, I thought I’d convert those really deep darts coming down from the yoke to the bust apex to pleats to match the back. Cute idea, right? Wrong. It looked like absolute crap and pulled and puckered horribly. Since I didn’t do a muslin, I was tinkering with the final garment so I opened up the front yoke seam, unpicked my pleats, and put in the darts.
My initial intention was to do contrasting saddle stitching along the collar, but I completely spaced out on that!
I do really quite like the pleats in the back, even if they get a little bit lost in my print. They’d look great with a solid fabric!
Once the blouse was sewn up I debated about whether or not to add a pocket like the pattern shows. The pocket has a little flap, but is actually open at the top, so the flap is just decoration. I surveyed the Instagram world and consensus was no pockets. So I have a tiny matching pocket sitting around that I may put on something else some day. But I agreed, the blouse was too busy for pockets.
This ended up being a fairly frustrating make from the beginning and the final blouse doesn’t thrill me due to a couple of issues (collar facing, I’m looking at you), even though it won’t stop me from wearing it. But about halfway through I realized I really should have just sewn up another version of my tried and true blouse pattern (I’ve made three so far) that’s also a McCall pattern from 1942. Ha!
It’s okay, sometimes that’s how it goes. And it’s still a pretty cute blouse! I’m all for more patterned vintage blouses in my world. They work well in warmer months on their own, and transition so nicely into cooler months with a cardigan. (And in truly brutal months, you can sometimes even hide a silk long underwear shirt under the blouse and cardigan, and no one’s the wiser except you and me!)
I’m now on a serious knitting kick, but I need to start sewing up some solid separates to wear with all the printed blouses I have swirling around my head. And then I need to knit cardigans to match. I better get crackin’!
Now that Fall for Cotton is complete, what are your sewing and knitting plans??