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Pattern Review: Decades of Style 4005 – Girl Friday Blouse

Jan 09, 2011
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Style Tip: Make this top from a lightweight solid, and use contrasting embroidery floss to highlight the hand topstitching.

This review was originally featured in Threads #153 (February/March 2011).

Decades of Style 4005-1940s Girl Friday Blouse

For those who love vintage details, this is the perfect blouse with plenty of ease through the bust area, a slim waistline, a side zipper, and a unique collar. The bust is shaped with waistline darts and tucks, and a dart hidden under the lapel. With only two main pattern pieces, the basic shell sews up fairly quickly. The real work is in the construction of the three-tiered collar and the decorative hand topstitching on the lapels and sleeve edges. The upper layer is a shawl collar and the two lower layers are staggered. A lightweight fabric, such as cotton, linen, and rayon crepe is a good choice, but keep in mind the layers you will need to sew through at the center front neckline.

(Sized A-C for busts 30-46 in.)

Style Tip: Make this top from a lightweight solid, and use contrasting embroidery floss to highlight the hand topstitching.

-Tested by Jenny Freedman, Soquel, California

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