Friday, 11 December 2015

1950s Burgundy Ensemble, with Simplicity 1460

Patterns: Simplicity 1460, view C for blouse. The skirt has no pattern, just a simple box pleated panel.
Fabrics: Burgundy broadcloth for blouse and skirt lining. Embroidered organza for skirt overlay.
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Chest: 36-38"
Waist: 28/29"
Hip: Free
Hem: 27"

This is a two piece ensemble, blouse and skirt, with an early 1950s silhouette. There really isn't much to the skirt. It's just a wide panel (3 yards) box pleated to a waistband with a placket at the back with buttons. The burgundy lining as an embroidered overlap.

*Ignore the white you can see at the bottom of the skirt. That is just the petticoat I use for my dress form, which is tad too long for this skirt.

Pining for the box pleats.

Pinning to prepare for hand whip stitching on inside of waistband.

Showing the back buttons on the placket.

~The Blouse. Simplicity 1460, view C~
This pattern is very simple and went together quickly. The scalloped neckline is achieved with a facing turned under. The pattern doesn't call for edge stitching, but I went ahead and added that. Otherwise, the pattern is as-is, unaltered for the envelope. The buttons are self covered, 5/8". The facings are interfaced with fusible, which gives the extra layer and strength you need for the buttonholes.

 Front facing with fusible interfacing.

Front piece and facing piece.

It looks a bit baggy up top, but that's because this dress form is petite and has a shorter torso than average. On an average frame, I found that the waist for this pattern sits just right =)

The primary fittings are done with double side darts. According to the package, the overall body ease of the blouse is 3", and I found that was pretty accurate.


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