Hot! The Made From Scraps Blouse

The Facts:

Fabric: Cotton shirting bought over four years ago that I found while cleaning out my closet, about $4/yard
Pattern: Simplicity 1554
Year: 1945
Notions: black plastic buttons, $1
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: Hasn’t been worn yet!
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: $5?

Pattern used:

I found this already-cut plaid cotton shirting wadded up in a ball at the back of my closet. The blouse is surprisingly comfortable and came together pretty quickly (from cutting to stitching) in about an afternoon.

I serged the interfacing so it would be more flat, and double-folded all the edges. I used French seams on the sides. I’ve made this once before but altered it to use facings instead of seam binding, since the seam binding kept flipping up. I also lengthened it to it’ll hit around mid-hip.

Shown here with Wearing History trousers. The shirt is very comfortable and would work well worn casual or dressed-up. The muted color of the plaid makes it feel very 40s.



Janice has been sewing her own clothes for the past few years and enjoys sewing from vintage patterns, especially the 40s, 50s and 60s.


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  1. Jackie you look very cool in your blouse, I love your styling

  2. really cute blouse! love the collar…and the color :)

  3. Great vintage pattern!

  4. Such a classic blouse. I’m glad that there was enough fabric to complete. I’m with Charlotte on the styling.

  5. Gorgeous top Janice very 40’s, love it!

  6. I love that you are into vintage pattern sewing. This is a great little blouse. I look forward to seeing what else you make in the coming weeks.

  7. Such a 40s vibe. You look smashing!

  8. A fabulous ensemble – I love the color of the plaid!

  9. I can’t believe I missed this last week. You look wonderful- I love the strong, sharp 1940’s woman vibe. Really great outfit. I love simple little blouses like that… useful and easy to sew and look great. :)