Because of You
Pattern: Blouse-Du Barry Perfect Pattern 5245 view 1 Shorts-McCall’s 5633
Year: 1941 and 2011
Fabric: 1 1/2 yds green and yellow flowy fabric $4 1yd stretch black cotton from stash
Notions: 2 zipper from stash, 6 beautiful black buttons $6, 2 buttons from previous project and 4 from stash
Time to Complete: Longer than it should have-seriously
First Worn: For this photo shoot
Wear again?: Yes
Total Price: $10
This outfit took longer than it should have. The blouse was actually a cinch it was the shorts that gave me trouble. I’ll start with the blouse.
When I bought this pattern I never thought I would make the blouse. It reminds me of my step dad’s grandmother. Just add a high lace collar and there you go. She wore the blouse with matching poly suits in every color you can imagine. I couldn’t make a vest since I made one for the Accessories Challenge using a different 1940’s pattern. I am not a fan of gathering, I end up with a lot of pleats and flat spots. This blouse is a gathering extravaganza! There are gathers below the collar in front and at the top and bottom of the sleeves. They’re not perfect but it’s not too obvious. I had a little trouble with the zipper so after my third attempt I just sewed the side closed. I decided not to add the front darts so it was easy to slip on. I like this blouse a lot. It’s so girly and sweet. My favorite feature is the collar. For the button closure I used a bigger button and added one on the other side of the loop as well. The sleeve plackets are on the inside along the seam. It’s the first time I’d ever made one on that side. If I make the blouse again I’ll sew the seam all the way and add the placket to the other side so you can see the buttons better. For this blouse I used buttons from my husband’s grandmother’s button stash. I like to think they were from the 1940’s as well. I didn’t take any pictures of them but they’re quite pretty. Black sparkly ovals.
The shorts took forever! It’s all my fault. I can’t seem to leave a pattern alone. I didn’t really mess with the blouse because I wanted to stay as true to the design as I could. I used the same pattern for the shorts that I did for the Buttons Challenge but I wanted them to zip in back and wanted to add buttons along the front. On my first attempt I saw that the pockets needed to be angled more so that the buttons didn’t end up along the side. I removed the pockets and brought them in by 2 inches. I wanted a ruffle to run along the edge so I spent an afternoon making the ruffles and sewed them in only to realize that they puckered out in an unflattering way. Out came the seam ripper again. I decided to make faux buttonholes. After spending some time measuring and marking the placement of each buttonhole seam I made them on both sides and discovered that I was off and the sides didn’t match. I took my extra fabric and made another side front then carefully marked each spot where the buttonholes would go. This design doesn’t have a waistband so adding a zipper was tricky. After spending so much time on this teeny tiny project I did a bad job inserting the zipper hemmed up the bottom and decided to call them done even though they fit a bit loose. My husband encouraged me not to give up so I picked up the shorts and removed the zipper and facings. I made a proper waistband and got to work again. I ended up cutting the zipper too short so I had to remove it and add another. This one is not black but English Tan. You can’t see it so it’s OK. Because I added a waistband it brought the waistline up so I had to add another set of buttons. These don’t match but look similar so they work fine. I did not take the time to add more faux buttonholes though.
They look good and fit well so I’m glad I pushed through. The fabric is a bit heavy so they won’t work on really hot days but I’m still psyched to have a nice pair of black shorts.
Yesterday was my husband’s birthday so I just want everyone to know that he is the best gift I have ever gotten. I have really blossomed under his care and I am so blessed to get to spend my life with him. Happy Birthday Love!
The title comes form a song written in 1940 and is dedicated to my husband.