An American In Paris Combo
Fabric: Found at the Alameda Antique Fair for about $5
Pattern: Simplicity 1554, Hollywood Patterns 685
First worn: January 2010
Wear again? Definitely. This is the first blouse I've made and can easily see me wearing this quite often until I've built up my shirt stash.
It seems like watching That's Entertainment the other night had a bit of an effect on me. This blouse and skirt combination was made to dance with Gene Kelly, even if I'm certainly no Leslie Caron.
As much as I'd love to, I can't live in dresses. When I donated the bulk of my old clothes, I got rid of most of my shirts. Thankfully, I found a blouse that's easy to make and only requires about a yard and a quarter of fabric to make. The blouse is made from Simplicity 1554 from 1945. The fabric is a vintage find from the Alameda Antique Fair — I think I paid $5 for about 1 3/4 yards. The buttons are vintage as well — also from the Alameda Fair.
And because I was on a sewing tear, I just had to make an accompanying skirt. The skirt pattern is from a 1942 Hollwood Patterns (685). I find Hollywood Patterns to be more difficult than they should be, but this skirt was way easy to make. It's made from a piece of denim that has been in my stash since college! It's just regular old denim from Jo-Ann's, but I never used it.
Below is a detail of the fabric along with the Trifari brooch from 1945 I picked up at the Alameda Antique Fair this past Sunday.