Hot! The “Easy Peasy” Blouse

The Facts
Fabric: Linen Blend (?) from stash, $0
Pattern: Vogue 7097 from stash
Notions: 4 buttons from stash, $0
Year: 1980s?
Time to complete: ~1.5 hours
First worn: September 2012
Wear again? Already have x3!

Total Cost: $0

You know when you look at a pattern and think that it’s kind of ugly but could be made cute given the right circumstances? Well, Vogue 7097 was that pattern for me. I’ve picked it up a few times but it back in my sewing box on each occasion. The cover really doesn’t get me all excited to whip up the shirt. Until this challenge, that is. I figured I had fabric with good drape and that I should cull the excuses and alter it if need be to make it cute!


I barely had enough fabric for the shirt, so I shortened it by five or six inches as the shirt is meant to end right past the hips. Unflattering, much?  I also eliminated the shoulder seams, back seam, front placket/buttons and the gathering at the top.  I feel like the back seam and shoulder seams are completely useless on this shirt. Had I enough fabric, I would have made the front placket and gathered the top. Sans placket, the gathers didn’t feel right.

I did a hem roll on the bottom, added cuffs with buttons to the sleeves and sewed a small facing to the neckline which I turned to the outside. It looks like bias tape, but it’s facing (and less hassle than bias tape, in my opinion!).  I intend on making another version of this shirt using a sheer fabric and the version that has the collar extended into a bow. I think it’d look absolutely darling! If anyone is interested in this pattern, I have the original up on my blog for trade.



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. CUTE.. Love the fabric.

  2. The top looks really great with the shorts I think it could also work with some slender fitting trousers, too. Where did you find the fabric for the top? Also, that’s cool that you’re offering to trade patterns! ((goes to look in pattern stash))

    • I actually got the fabric from the Senior Citizen’s thrift shop here in Missoula. They sell the fabric so cheap, which is extra awesome sauce. Pants are next on the agenda,I’m really digging the Butterick pair Gina made for last weeks challenge. I have more to put on the trade page, some 1940s-50s button up blouses.

  3. That shirt is adorable! So are the shorts. I love it when the right fabric takes a pattern from bleh to awesome.

  4. Such a lovely outfit – really cute.

  5. Great fabric! It is really making that pattern work, especially with those adorable shorts. I find the most amazing fabrics at thrift shops too.

  6. Wow! That’s really cute! I love what you did with it. It looks really nice matched with the shorts. Did you make those shorts too? You photos are awesome.

    • I did make the shorts, too, earlier this summer. They’re Simplicity 6407 from 1974. They are super comfy in the corduroy fabric!

  7. You photograph so well I think you can make anything look good. This top is cute and I never would have expected it to come from that pattern. Pretty cool-

  8. Ooooh I love easy peasy, and I love that you could see the potential in this pattern.
    I can imagine this top looking great over skinny jeans too but with the added length. Love your photos too. Totes awesomesauce Emma.

  9. I love the fabric and what you did to the pattern. The blouse looks perfect to those wonderful shorts.

  10. Gorgeous top, and it is perfect with the shorts.