Hot! The ‘Razzle Dazzle’ Blouse | Debi Fry

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The Facts

Fabric: 1.5 metres red polyester fabric £6 from Edinburgh Fabrics
Pattern: McCall 1192
Year: c.  1945
Notions: 12 metres red sequins £6

Time to complete: 12 hours previously, 7 hours more this week!

Wear again? OH yes!!!

Total Cost: ~£12

You may recall that I had originally started this 1940's blouse in May and it was nicknamed the 'Life Happens' blouse.  During the week that I originally started the blouse we found out that we had to move apartments AND I received a redundancy notification at work! Sheesh!  That led this blouse to land in the UFO pile.

Call me superstitious but I felt that I needed to figure those two things out before I brought this blouse back out of the UFO pile.  Turns out we moved to an even better apartment that we love and that I got an extension to my contract at work!!  YAY!

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So I still had to add half of the sequins and to put the blouse together and finish the neck and armholes.  The sequins took a good amount of time to finish but it was very relaxing.  I really, really love how it looks! Also the great thing about finishing both the neck edge and armholes was that I could slipstitch the facing so that the stitches were under sequins–so it's not visible from the front!

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I like how the back looks as well.  I should have placed the design a bit further apart in the middle (where the closing is).  I haven't yet had a chance to iron this blouse but that slight gap in the closing might behave with a good press.  It closes with a small button at the top–a button I got on my recent trip to San Francisco

You can't see it in the pictures but there are also tucks on either side of the bodice front so that the blouse can be easily tucked into high waisted trousers.  I also added shoulder pads to the blouse–which really gives it that great 40's shape!

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YAY! So happy to have finished this blouse.  It's really become so much more than a blouse and more of a lesson that when life happens–you've got to give it a bit of 'razzle dazzle' and things will start to get better!


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. Debi,
    I’m so glad you finished your beautiful blouse. For me it was like reading a really good book and I’m glad I got to see the final piece! It’s stunning and looks lovely on you!
    I love seeing all you found in San Francisco, would that be “score” or what?! Hope you have a blast in NYC today and I would imagine you are headed home to David, safe travels!

  2. Debi,
    So proud you got the blouse finished.It is beautiful and looks lovely on you..
    Happy sewing.

  3. It’s beautiful! I’m so happy things were sorted for you and you could finish this lovely blouse! There’s no such thing as too much sequins or glitter, is there? ;)

  4. Yay for finishing! It is a lovely shape!

  5. I knew it would be a stunning top when completed. Thank yo for proving me right :-D Great job Debi.

  6. Lovely blouse – glad to hear that you finished it and the other things worked out well too!

  7. Bravo!!!! I’m so glad you finished this blouse; it looks AMAZING! I’ve been wanting to add some sparkle to either a newly sewn blouse or jazzing up an existing top, and you’ve inspired me to dig my stash of sequins out! ;)

  8. y’all this blouse is SO COOL in person, only outshined by the brilliance of debi herself!
    (the pants however, are absolutely criminal. in that they’d drive a gal to steal.)

  9. Ooh! Love this, especially the sequins. It suits you perfectly!

  10. This is beautiful Debi!! Love the color and the sequin details! OH, and the sexy paper dolls on your wall – awesome!!

  11. Just lovely, Debi. It’s interesting how 1940s it looks even though it is such a simple shape. For £12 you have created a truly special top that undoubtedly looks uber expensive!

  12. I’m so glad you were able to finish this blouse, it is just beautiful! Did you recruit David for some more sequin assistance? And your hair looks amazing too! I’m so glad that the difficult times worked out for the better xx

  13. Yay for finishing! I’m glad it gave you some closure and that everything has worked out for the better. The sequins look fantastic.

  14. Yipeeee you finished her!! she looks very smart, well done Debi.

  15. Yay to finishing this lovely blouse, it’s gorgeous on you and that sequin work is fabulous!