Monday, January 14, 2013

Coral Silk Blouse

I finally got to photograph the blouse I sewed in December! It's made in a super-slippery silk charmeuse satin, in the most beautiful shade of bright coral - one of my "double star" colours according to my House of Colour consultation. The shops on Goldhawk road sell this stuff quite reasonably (about £10 a metre) in a rainbow of colours, and when I first embarked on this project I merrily planned a second in dove grey, then another in tangerine. But, well I have to be honest, I don't relish the prospect of working with silk charmeuse again! The result is beautiful though - the finished blouse is an absolute joy to wear, and I think it looks rather lovely. The buttons are vintage mother-of-pearl with a pretty carved design, and the buttonholes are hand-worked.

I was going for a sort of late 30s 'everyday luxe' look with my fine wool houndstooth skirt and a Deco era handbag. The double sash was inspired by something I saw in a 1939 Sears catalogue. The hat's not very thirties of course but hey, what can you do?

Silk satin blouse, made by me from a 1942 pattern; Skirt, made by me from a 1950s pattern; Polka dot scarf, purchased in India; Plain sash, made by me to wear to my sister's wedding; 1950s hat, car boot sale; 1930s-40s handbag, given to me by my sister; Shoes, Marks and Spencer (a Christmas gift from Matin); Gloves, Spitalfields vintage fair.


  1. Lovely blouse! You look really beautyful!

  2. I love the color pairing here! It's simply marvelous!


  3. Such a lovely little outfit! You did a great job on the blouse! It looks great!

  4. Hip hip hooray! That blouse is a triumph.

  5. That's such a beautiful blouse! It adds a lot of elegance and luxury to an outfit, especially a day outfit like that one! I love it!

  6. Gorgeous! I don't blame you for not wanting to sew with that type of fabric again. I really want to sew some drapey blouses but I'm not relishing the idea of working with the fabric. lol

    I LOVE the color combo you've paired it with-- just fabulous with the aqua and gray!

  7. Beautiful blouse in a gorgeous colour! I've been wanting to make some blouses like this but keep shying away from those silky fabrics. I should just bite the bullet and go for it :)

  8. Love the blouse! You look fabulous!

  9. What a fabulous blouse. Well done for dealing with that slippery fabric!

  10. Oh Charlotte, you look as splendidly pretty as a coral hued rose blooming in a springtime garden. Marvelous work on this blouse, it turned out smashingly and the colour really, really suits you gorgeously.

    ♥ Jessica


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