Hot! My ” 1940’s Girl Friday” blouse

The Facts

Fabric: Vintage-inspired cotton print cotton from stash
Pattern: Decades of Style #4005
Year: 1940′s inspired
Notions: A zipper for now
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: August 2012
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost:
Pattern $16.60

After this last week I’m just proud I finished. If anyone has read my personal blog you’ll get a brief glimpse of what’s been going on. On top of all that I took a day off work to go to the memorial for my fellow costume designer friend for whom I made the black skirt in the reality challenge. I love that outfit and it was perfect for the day : ) I decided that because I’ve been able to use stuff from my stash for the last few challenges that I would treat myself to a pattern I’ve coveted for a while, The 1940’s Girl Friday blouse by Decades of Style. What a PERFECT pattern for this challenge with that triple layered collar!

This blouse is really my “muslin”. I bought the fabric last year just because I loved it but I also saw that Stone Mountain still had some so if I screwed this up I could replace it. Just so I wouldn’t make myself crazy, and because my machine needs a spa day, I didn’t do the rows and rows of top stitching. I will in the future, I may even make a white blouse with red top stitching like the pattern shows. I will NOT, unless I take complete leave of my senses, do the top stitching by HAND as suggested in the pattern instructions.

The collar is stunning, no doubt about it. And this pattern is much easier than you might think! There are NO BUTTONS, the pattern asks that you place a zipper down the left side, which I did, and then when I went to put it on for pics I pulled the thing on like a t-shirt and completely forgot about the zipper! Pass the Mena zip test? Check! It will be coming out soon : ) I ended up wearing this outfit all afternoon, to the birthday party for my twin friends, and many of the adults were very complimentary, even liked my Rosie the Riveter jeans.

My daughter and I went to my girlfriends house for a girls sewing party Sunday morning. Sue’s back yard is not only an amazing suburban farm but she has an entire Tiki area complete with torches, lanai, pond and statuary. After almost 2 weeks of 100 degrees everyday we were a little tired but being back there is like a mini-vacation.

We were working on our Farm Girl aprons –

My daughter Brittany, my friend Sue and me : )

We have polka dots, we have cherries and we have smiles. Good way to spend the end of the week : )



Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. Beautiful blouse! Your daughter is so pretty just like her mom! I really love this collar cut, it’s very feminine. I really hope things start looking up for and your friends and family. Big hugs and much love my friend!

  2. Stunning! I love the collar to pieces, it’s so unique!

  3. Wow, Loran, that is a gorgeous pattern. I need to make one for myself. Love your apron photo, what a great time you must have had.

  4. That is a super amazing and unique pattern. Would love to see it with the contrasting collar!

  5. Oh CUTE! The blouse and the fabric! And the mention of Stone Mountain made me smile. I miss that shop.

    The aprons are lovely too!

  6. Oh my goodness that’s a gorgeous collar!! I absolutely love it. And it looks lovely mimicking the diamond print of the fabric. Fabulous job!!

  7. That collar is divine! Love it. Your daughter is beautiful. You two have very similar smiles :D

  8. I love that collar! I’m so glad you had a birthday party to attend. I’ll be praying for her too.

    That sexy pic on your blog is well….sexy. Damn sexy-seriously.

  9. Love it Loran! this cut is very flattering on you and the fabric choice is perfect. A totally unique pattern.

    Love that you had a sewing party that’s brilliant and Sues backyard is dreamy.

  10. That is one fabulous collar! Would love to see one made up in the white with red stitching too. That’s probably the prettiest ‘muslin’ I’ve seen this year. A sewing party sounds a very sensible (but fun) idea for you and your family at the moment, making stuff always helps keep my brain from thinking about the problems of the real world long enough to refresh me ready to deal with it. Your daughter has the most beautiful smile (love the tattoos too). Love the aprons, they are prettily cheesy and even better all in a row :)

  11. Oh that’s adorable! I think your muslin in very wearable and I would love to see it made up in white with red “machine” stitching. You could use heavier top stitching thread, and I bet it would look just as nice as hand-stitching.

  12. You made me snort with laughter, great post. I love the blouse too, those Decades of style patterns are gorgeous, do you recommend them?

  13. I love this pattern, and this is such a fantastic version of it! The color is very good on you, and you totally rock that collar :)