A Common Thread: The “Spring Planting” Blouse by Lauren M.
Our first stop on the “A Common Thread” tour takes us to Southern California and to Lauren from Wearing History — the blog and pattern company. As the name “Wearing History” suggests, Lauren’s love for vintage styling, vintage fashion and lifestyle is strong and her passion is infectious. As I mentioned in my introductory post, I’ve been reading Lauren’s blog since I began sewing vintage religiously and her take on the 1930s has certainly been quite the inspiration for me.
Lauren starts this project with a bang with this picture perfect and ultra-feminine blouse from the 1930s. Thanks so much Lauren for participating and giving the lace a good home!
The Fabric: Lightweight cotton- probably lawn- $1 yd, Downtown LA
Pattern: Repro 1930s Blouse from Vintage Fashion Library– $16
Notions: The lace.
Time to Complete: Didn’t track, but probably 6-8 hours
First Worn: March 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: Probably about $20.
I was so excited when I got this lovely lace in the mail and immediately began dreaming of what I would do, and what pattern to use. Should I use a vintage pattern or a reproduction pattern? A new pattern or grade one up, or draft one myself? After a rummage through my fabric stash I pulled out the perfect fabric match and dug around in my patterns to see what I could find. I remembered this pattern I had bought earlier last year and knew it was meant to be!
What drew me to purchase this pattern initially were the unusual sleeves. It was something I would have expected to find in modern fashion, not so much fashion of the 1930s! I just love quirky little details and forgotten fashion, and I knew I could easily incorporate this blouse into a modern or vintage wardrobe.
The blouse itself went together very easily and quickly. A very fast and easy pattern! If you get crazy with handwork it can take a while. In fact, in a moment of pure insanity I decided that I would not only hand gather the lace, but hand attach it to the finished edge of the ties and sleeves! Ah well, a few nights on the couch cuddled up with tea, an old movie, and sewing… not a bad thing.
I called this the “Spring Planting” blouse because I took the photos at a local park where old farm structures are still present. With the earlier 30s pattern, the cotton blouse, the lovely sunshine, and the old farm buildings I really felt a kinship to the history and to the past lives of women during the Great Depression, and very thankful to the women who lived through such a difficult time in history.
For vintage wear I paired this blouse with a vintage 30s linen skirt and vintage heels. For a little fun I added an oversize hair flower. I will definitely be wearing this blouse a lot!
Thanks again for including me in the “Common Thread” project!