“Oops! Did I wear it the wrong way?” blouse | Adey Lim
Fabric: 2 yards reversible double gauze from fabric mart.com $17.98
Pattern: 1930s Back Tied blouse pattern 118 from vintage fashion library
Year: c. 1930s
Notions: 2 buttons, fringe trim from stash
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? I think so and tucked in too :)
Total Cost: ~$17.98
This 1930s back tied blouse pattern has been sitting patiently in my stash for ages and I have been wanting to work on it since I saw Lauren's adorable version. But, I didn't have a fabric which I thought was appropriate for it. Not until I saw this reversible double gauze fabric a couple of months back and thought, "how fun! I could play around with the reversible print!". One layer of fabric came in a hot pink/ blue and white plaid design while the second layer on the reverse, a pink and white gingham print. I have always coveted such fabrics but they usually cost double of what I paid for so I didn't indulge until I chanced upon this fabulous buy. I used the plaid print for the two front pieces, upper sleeves, back piece and cut on diagonal for the front waist tie piece. The gingham side was used for the front tie facings, front waist facings and 4 pieces of tie waist.
For the tie collar and back of neckline, I inserted remnant red fringe trim between the front pieces and facings, 'left overs' from my very first sew weekly challenge dress and totally adored how it looked. I paired the blouse with the high waisted scallop skirt I made a few months back.
I chose to sew version B with the tie sleeves but upon completing the blouse, these horizontal ties added quite a bit of bulk to my not too slender arms. It's rather ironic as those peekaboo sleeves were one of the design details which attracted me to this pattern. After pondering for sometime, I decided to create inverted V shaped ties which were attached to the upper sleeve piece with a button. It is a lot more flattering this way and I got to keep the peekaboo effect. Nonetheless, I am still undecided if I like those sleeves or if I should just remove the entire tie section which will make the design a lot simpler. What do you think? Leave it or rip it?
But then, I think I made a boo boo. The diagram of version C above must have stuck in my head so much so that I wore the lower part of the blouse out. I am not sure if this is acceptable? All the ladies on the main pattern envelope picture wore it tucked in so I am assuming that should have been the correct manner to wear the blouse. I only realized the boo boo upon getting home after the photo shoot so I tried tucking the bottom of the blouse into my bella pants and thought it does look better, doesn't it?
Oops! What a boo boo :P