Hot! The “Series of Unfortunate Events” Blouse

The Facts

Fabric: Cotton Poly Blend, bought in a bulk purchase, ~ $5.00
Pattern: Vogue 9803
Year: 1959
Notions: 3 Beige Buttons, $0
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: August 16th
Wear again? Yes

Total Cost: ~$5.00

Usually when I sew, I let the fabric lead my decision as to what I will make. In my eagerness to use up this beautiful fabric, I decided that I would make a summer dress out of it. Well… that summer dress became a UFO. After it sat on my sewing table for about a week and some pattern digging, I felt that this pattern was better suited to the fabric. However, in my haste to right my wrong, I somehow managed to not cut out the front pattern piece for the shirt! I had just enough fabric (after shortening the shirt 4 inches) to cut out the front piece if I added a center seam. It was only after I’d cut out these pattern pieces I’d realized I’d forgotten to flip my pattern, so the pieces I had just cut were exactly the same!!


Despite all my mistakes, I managed to sew the shirt together and have it come out decently well. The front seam isn’t in alignment with the buttons, which annoys me, but once it’s pressed you can’t tell, so yay!

  This was my first go around with lapped seams. I definitely need to improve my pattern mark transferring skills, as the small dots I made for the matching lines were too hard to find when I went to match the lapped seams.The collar part of the blouse went on painlessly, I’m really digging it’s stoutness! This blouse will be a perfect top for all the high waist bottoms I’ve been accumulating.


This Friday I will be having a giveaway on my blog for the combo blouse and sailor shorts pattern, so stay tuned!



Emma Simuns is a fashion loving, penny pinching girl who has just started a love affair with all things vintage.


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  1. This looks very cool

  2. I like it! Reminds me of the older sister from The War, with Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner.

  3. Great save, I’d say! It goes so perfectly with your high waisted shorts. Very cute photos too.

  4. What a fascinating patter. Your version looks great – you can’t see all the stuff you mention at all. I’d love to see a close up of the fabric.

  5. Awesome combo, love the shirts pattern pieces, you can do so much with this pattern. Yours looks great.

  6. I like the shirt, it has really unique details.

  7. I can totally relate to days like this. It turned out great in the end though, well done!