Hot! The “Wing” Shirt


The Facts
Fabric: Black Premium Broadcloth $7.96
Pattern: 1950s Blouse Pattern – No99 Marcia $4.92
Year: 1950s
Notions: Vintage buttons $1.00
Time to complete: 4-5 hours – most of that time was taken drawing out the pattern
First worn: January 28, 2012
Wear again? Yes.

Total price: $13.88




So black isn’t exactly a “summer” color.  But paired with shorts it’s definitely a summer look I’ll wear!

The pattern I used is a PDF pattern from seller EmbonpointVintage (whose also located in Australia, so it fits with this weeks theme as well :D)

The pattern takes quite a bit of time to trace out to your measurements and get right. You basically get a tiny little pattern and draw out your size with a special measuring tape.  But once I figured it all out I’m very pleased with the outcome.  It doesn’t come with any sewing instructions but it was mostly easy to put together.  Though the sleeve cuffs I couldn’t figure out how to get like the pattern drawing.  So they turned into little “wings” but I actually prefer them this way!


I can’t complain much about wearing shorts in January…it’s been around 60-70 degrees here in Atlanta lately!




Might as well get in some hooping practice while I’m out here!

I’m really pleased with this shirt and plan on making many different colors. Though I’ll probably use a drapey-er fabric next time.  I’ll probably take it in a bit too since its a pretty blouse-y fit.


Also: Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post.  I’m still not loving the dress but I’m not downright hating it anymore! :)




Christi lives in the Atlanta, GA area. She's a stay at home mom with a 2 1/2 year old who thinks she's at least 15. She wants to eventually make an entire wardrobe filled with nothing but fantastic handmade items.


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  1. Wow! I can hear the theme to “Grease” running through my head.

  2. The whole outfit is lovely but I have to tell you I love your hair. One day I will be brave enough to dye my hair pink.

  3. So cute! I love the shorts too! Great job on the blouse!

  4. Look at us! We’re back to back. Congrats on your feature. :) Cute ensemble you’ve put together. Looking forward to seeing the next shirt you make from that pattern.

  5. Gorgeous! You look like Rizzo from Grease in these photos – love it. :-)

  6. Love this look. I am especially loving the shirt. Super cute.

  7. I love the blouse and your hair-

  8. Great job! It looks like a nice staple piece. I love the shorts too.

  9. This is so very Rizzo! I kinda want you to say “With relish” or “I feel like a defective typewriter” (two of my favorite Rizzo lines)…

    I love this shirt–it’s a great wardrobe builder.

  10. A collared shirt with short shorts and cute sandals is such a great look. That is a lovely pattern and I like the black.

  11. That is a super cute blouse pattern, and the black is so becoming on you. I love the look of the cuffs with tips and your photos are so fun!

  12. Hey, this week the hair is just the perfect pink to go with the outfit. Great shirt to add to the ward robe. Glad to here the dress is growing on you. Happy sewing.

  13. Love it, black is an essential part of any wardrobe, endless teaming up! I can imagine you getting loads of wear out of this. Fab fun photos too.

  14. Such a cute pattern! I definitely need to make some black shirts now! The collar on this looks great.

  15. Really cute! I love this!

  16. Love it!

  17. What a fabulous blouse!! I love it paired with those shorts and THOSE SHOES!!! LOVE the shoes a whole bunch. Fabulous work!

  18. Hi there,

    I’m Omega from Embonpoint Vintage, where this pattern came from. I’m absolutely delighted to see your work!

    When I got my hands on these patterns I was determined to get them “out there” again so they could be used..seeing what you’ve done really inspires me.

    Thank you so much for sharing it, I think you look great! I’m currently hard at work listing a group of funky 1969 designs, and after that I have some more jaw-droppingly gorgeous 40s and 50s patterns going up.