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1938 Silk Matelasse Blouse

Silk matelass blouse in claret with a relief flower-figure.  I cut the short, pleated sleeve style and it fastens with six claret shell buttons.

I cut this blouse from an original vintage McCall pattern (9063) dating to 1938.

I lined the blouse to give it some stability and I faced the sleeve cuffs and inside of the lower section (inerfaced with silk organza sewn-in) with scrap soft silk taffeta I had to match the color.

I made this in the spring of 2007 and would put it together differently now (forgo lining and do Hong Kong seams, do bound buttonholes vs. machined, used habotai facings vs. soft taffeta), although I am not unhappy with this blouse!

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