Hot! The “Sunny Blouson” Top

The Facts
Fabric: about 1 5/8 yards Japanese cotton from Purl (when it was Purl Patchwork on Thompson Street, a few years ago); used to be a panel in a curtain I made for our last apartment
Pattern: Woman’s Day Advance 8281, View 1
Year: 1950s
Notions: 3 buttons from stash, interfacing
Time to complete: about 5 hours
First worn: 4/8 in Los Angeles!
Wear again: yes
Total cost:  I’m saying free

I had an elaborate plan with a different city in mind for this challenge.  Then I realized how little time I’d have this week since we were flying to Los Angeles for a few days.  So, practically, I decided to take my inspiration from that city and make an easy breezy blouson top from this golden sunny fabric.  I love this fabric so much, and I’ve been saving it for a while; I really could have used it last week for the VIP challenge.  It has an all-over pin dot texture thing going on that I hope you can see here.

I took a risk not making a muslin, but there was no time. It’s a loose-fitting top; I hoped for the best. I even forgot to add 5/8 inch to the side seam allowances under the bust while cutting this thing late at night. Luckily it all worked out.  I guess the waist is supposed to fit more loosely, but I’m happy with it.  I really like the drawstring and placket details and the the way the top came together fairly quickly and without drama. You can bet I’ll be making this pattern again.  The previous owner never cut the pattern but included contemporary clippings of all three views.  Here’s the one I made.



Lee is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.


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  1. So nice and sunny – a great shirt to relax in and ideal for a holiday. I rather like the pattern.

  2. Very cute! Love the colour and the print of that fabric – it seems so pretty and summery. :-)

  3. This is so cute! Looks just like the vintage photo, and I bet it’s super comfy and easy to wear. I LOVE vintage casual wear. :)

    • Thank you! Me too– I have to stop myself from snapping up patterns. Because honestly what I mostly wear is casual wear.

  4. Love the pattern and looks so easy to wear.

  5. This top is adorable! Love it

  6. How stinking cute! I love the drawstring detail, it is a silhouette I’ve never been able to pull off.

  7. I think you’re on a roll! I love this top! Have fun in LA-hope you find some fun fabric while your there-

    • Thank you! I didn’t get to shop for fabric– there was a lot to squeeze into only a couple of days. Oh well.

  8. Love that fabric! Perfect match for the pattern and it looks so cute on you.

  9. What a sunny print! And perfect for summer, great job!

  10. I bet those were some lovely curtains! I agree with Lisette on the drawstring. I never feel like that detail looks good on my body, but it looks amazing on you!

  11. Great top Lee, I love the overall dot pattern and the colors just make you smile. I know you weren’t in love with your pantone shorts but I so see this going well with this top.

  12. It looks so summery and cheery! I love the fabric – the pattern and yellow color are lovely :)

  13. I can relate to a week of quick sewing and traveling. It was difficult for me to post on time and make something for next week as well. Your blouse is really cute. I love when simple things can look so elegant. Have fun in LA.

  14. Lee this is dead cute, the cut, the drawstring, the colour; it sure screams L E E. Loves It!

  15. Oh, it’s so sunny and lovely! I saw your first photo, then did a double-take. Are those lemons? In NYC?! In what corner of wonderful does Lee live? Happy holiday :)