The Coco Chanel Inspired Blouse | Debi Fry

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The Facts

Fabric: Silk Taffeta ~£16
Pattern: DuBarry 5327
Year: 1943
Notions: 2 buttons (£2) and vintage snap (£0.05)
Time to complete: 7 hours
First worn: January 2011
Wear again? Oh Yes!

Total Cost: ~£18.05

The theme for this week was Coco Chanel.  To me, Coco represents classic lines and clothing, white and black, and wardrobe staples.  I loved her understated elegance.  I took the chance with this theme to revisit a classic blouse pattern, DuBarry 5327.  I’ve made the short-sleeved version in a cute quilting cotton and I absolutely adore the lines of the blouse. 

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When I envision Coco Chanel, she’s always wearing a long-sleeved silky white blouse.  So I decided to make up view 1 of the pattern.  This blouse looks amazing with high-waisted trousers (not so much with normal waisted pants—mainly due to the pleats at the bottom of the blouse).  So I paired it with the trousers from Simplicity 3688 that I made awhile back. 

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And here's the view of the back:

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It just snowed again this last weekend in Edinburgh and the blouse gives a sort of ‘Winter in Wonderland’ feel to this picture.
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I particularly love the topstitching and gathering detail on the front and back of the blouse.  It turned out quite well in this heavier fabric (I wasn’t sure how it would work)!

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I love this blouse pattern and I think it will become a regular TNT (Tried ‘n True) pattern.  I plan on wearing this all the time!  I also plan on posting more pictures on my blog of the various blouse outings!

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Debi from My Happy Sewing Place

Debi Fry LOVES vintage patterns. She started sewing in 2009 and has been going since. In 2011, she participated in the Sew Weekly challenge and looks forward to the new challenges that lie in store!

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  1. Beautiful! Love the detail on the shoulders – great job!

  2. Thank you both! :-)

  3. (sigh) The blouse is as romantic as the setting. I would like two please. ;)

  4. Thanks PunkRizz—it truly is beautiful here!

  5. A beautifully sewn blouse! I adore the pleats at the waist and the gathers at the shoulders. I don’t have the guts to sew anything with silk yet but seeing this is definitely giving me a push in that direction.

  6. I love it and the photos are great! You can never go wrong with silk!

  7. Thanks Adey! You should definitely try sewing with silk…this i a really tough sort of silk that is easy to sew with (thanks to the Taffeta)!

  8. It is just perfection.

  9. The photo in the snow is just gorgeous! Congratulations! Blouses scare me a LOT, they don’t really suit me, plus they’re often full of so much detail!