Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on December 1, 2012
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! For those of you who missed my post last week, I am going to be doing an awful lot of blogging about my new Christmas sewing projects this December. Each week I will be posting an outfit made from a vintage pattern, and either made from red or green festive fabric. Last week I showed you my green velvet party dress, and this week I wanted to show you my ruched red 1950s blouse and grey circle skirt!
Today my family went to visit the Festival of the Trees here in Portland, so I wore this new Christmasy outfit since I thought there would be plenty of trees to have pictures with. I was not disappointed! Of course, there were also lots of people (!), and you’ll have to forgive the ropes in the pictures which blocked the crowds from getting too close to the festive displays.
The 1950s Christmas Party Outfit:
- Ruched red blouse made from the “1950s Draped Blouse Pattern” by Mrs. Depew Vintage
- Fabric: Red lightweight shimmer knit
- Circle skirt modified from a Butterick Retro Pattern
- Fabric: Grey woolen double-knit
- Black cinch belt from the Hip Hop 50s Shop
“1950s Draped Blouse” Pattern Review
This is a great blouse pattern for an experienced seamstress who wants a challenge! The pattern comes as an instant download so you can print it at home, but you will need extra paper handy to trace off the pieces since they overlap each other on the pattern sheet. It comes in one size and it doesn’t have any seam allowances included. The instructions are translated from French, but as long as you concentrate on the letters on the pattern pieces (and make sure that the corresponding letters match up), then you will have a good idea of how it goes together. My only suggestion would be to definitely make a mock-up first, and the most likely alteration I would suggest is lengthening the upper bodice piece. As it is, the curved empire seam is riding up too high in these photos since I didn’t have time to make a mock-up. Part of what gives the blouse such a complicated look is the ruched pieces which start at the back neck and continue down into the empire seam to give the top a mock-bolero look.
All in all, this was such a fun Christmas outfit to sew and wear! I love the 1950s silhouette – there’s just something so classy about a fitted bodice and full circle skirt. I got the inspiration for this outfit from a couple of Vera Ellen’s costumes from the 1954 movie White Christmas.
Her twirly skirts and impeccably fitted blouses were so lovely, and you just want to dance around the house when you’re wearing something like this!
Happy holidays and happy sewing!