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Three Vintage Blouse Details to Try

Threads #180, Aug./Sept. 2015 Issue
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Wonderful tops from the 1940s often featured intriguing and beautiful decorative details. While visiting the historic garment section of the Western Costume Company in Los Angeles, I found three techniques you’ll enjoy: a multicolored ribbon necktie tethered by fabric loops; fabric disks suspended in cutaway circles; and parallel rows of skinny bias tubes anchored around a neckline by fabric petal shapes. You can use these techniques on various projects, but I’m showing them the way I first saw them. All three blouses can use a similar pattern-I selected one with a simple jewel neckline that opens at the back. Spend the extra time to fit the pattern. Sew a muslin and fine-tune the neckline, shoulders, bustline, hemline, and the sleeve fit and length. If you love the blouse’s fit, you will want to make it several times, and these fabulous details change the look of every version you make. Alternatively, use these methods to update an existing blouse for fresh style. Learn how to create these vintage blouse details with this article from Threads #180 (Aug./Sep. 2015).

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