Sunday, October 7, 2012

The WAAF Blouse

I've been a little hive of creativity this past week - I've made two blouses, a skirt, started a Swirl-style wrap dress (although it's not going well - the pattern came without instructions, and I also didn't have quite enough material so had to improvise), and re-sized a bodice pattern ready for making a muslin. Oh, and designed a couple of dresses which I hope to sew by the end of the year.

Anyway, here's my first finished sewing project in months (unless you count my curtains, but that was more of a painting project), the WAAF blouse.


I was so bored of not being able to buy new clothes or fabric that I raided my fabric stash. I had a metre of this fabric (it's got little planes on it!), which I bought in Thailand like two years ago. It was earmarked for the bodice of a shirwaist, but since I didn't have any co-ordinating fabric for the skirt, I decided to use it to try out this blouse pattern - there was just enough. No muslin, no adjustments, I just wanted a quick project so I took the risk and jumped straight in with the pattern, as it's cut to be quite blousy over the bust. And hey presto, perfect!


It took about an afternoon and evening of sewing. Half the time was spent hand-working the buttonholes! My little old sewing machine doesn't do anything but straight stitch, so I have to do either bound buttonholes (which I did for my ballroom belles tea dress) or do 'em by hand. Which I've never done before. So I learnt how. The buttons are vintage, from my collection.


Check out my aeroplane ring - also bought in Thailand, possibly on the same trip as the fabric. (Ignore the chippy nail varnish - the sun was setting fast before we took these so I didn't have the chance to touch it up).


I also took the opportunity to wear my little RAF sweetheart pin (made, so I'm told, from aeroplane windscreen perspex). It's a stick pin, which is why it's ended up at a funny angle.



I was so pleased with this blouse I made another one the next day in cherry print fabric - which I may or may not put up for sale, so watch this space!

28 comments:

  1. Great top, I love the fine airplane print. I have a bizarre obsession with items of clothing printed with modes of transportation... I have an airplane dress, rocket ship dress and one with cars on it.

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    1. A rocket ship dress sounds AWESOME!

      xx Charlotte

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  2. Gorgeous blouse. And really quickly done. I wish I would be that quick in finishing garments... v.v

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  3. What a beautiful blouse, the fabric is perfect!!!

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  4. Brilliant!!!
    Hand buttonholes are a work of art, finer, more precious than machine made.

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  5. It's adorable!! You always find the best fabric prints. After we move and I get my sewing things out of storage I hope to make a few smart tops like this. Your hand worked button holes are perfect! I still haven't learned how to do them. I think I may have to make a visit to grandma's house :)

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  6. The blouse is so pretty! Love the little feminine details, and I am so impressed with your hand worked buttonholes!

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  7. It's beautiful, just so pretty and the fabric works perfectly. I'm in total awe of you making hand worked buttonholes too. x

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  8. Absolutely fabulous! I just adore that fabric! I never did end up getting out much in Bangkok (which just means I'll have to go back!)

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  9. Wow! Love this heart brooch, so sweet!!!

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  10. WAAF salute isn't very good. You've got a sort of American navy salute here. British salutes are done with the palm facing outwards and the fingers touching the cap badge. The cap should be straight. Sloping caps were thought slovenly. Anyway it's technically a "forage" cap, which WAAFs wouldn't wear. Otherwise you look beautiful, perfick. Dddy

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    1. Re hat, see Photo of WAAFs checking Hurricane c1942. So there.

      Re salute, I blame my lack of military national service.

      Anyway, it's more an homage to the WAAF than an attempt to recreate the uniform - I'm pretty sure novelty plane print blouses weren't standard military issue!

      xx Lotty

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  11. ADORABLE outfit! You look fabulous!

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  12. This. Is. BRILLIANT. PLEASE post more pictures of the things you've been making!

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  13. SO adorable!! I love the print of the fabric!

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  14. Super! I've never been able to use the machine for buttonholes, I can only do them by hand. Have no idea why, I just end up fighting with them and swining at the machine, must try again.

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  15. Oh soooo cute! You look even prettier than the pattern girls! Turned out wonderfully, wish I could do buttonholes on my machine (I think I can, I just don't have the manual).

    xoxo

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  16. You look adorable! Your blouse turned out fabulous :)

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  17. What a seriously terrific outfit! That blouse is a show-stopper (an airshow stopper? :) ) if ever there was - stellar work on it, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

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  18. Oh my goodness! I love that fabric!
    -Emily

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  19. What a very gorgeous blouse. You did an excellent job.
    +Victoria+

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  20. Oh, what a lovely blouse! I wish I could get a copy of the pattern. I really need a few more blouses in my wardrobe. The fabric is fabbo, too.

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  21. Exactly the kind of blouse pattern I've been looking for. I love the fabric.
    I sew everything I entirely by hand so sympathise about the buttonholes (I've been known to use 'snaps' instead of buttons just to avoid having to do buttonholes. lol!)

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  22. Wow, it's lovely! What is the pattern you used? I've been looking for a good blouse pattern for ages! :)
    ~kealeigh

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    1. The pattern is pictured in the post - it's McCall 4040. Wearing History's Smooth Sailing blouse is very similar.

      xx Charlotte

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    2. Thank you! I could see the pattern but not the number :)
      ~k

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