Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Vintage Casual '40s Blouse in Pink Floral Challis (with Pom Pom Trim!)

I'm back home from Vienna and Munich and have a ton to write about now! But first I wanted to show off this finished project because I'm so happy with it. This is the "'40s Style Blouse" from my book Gertie Sews Vintage Casual. This project was shown in plaid cotton shirting in the book, and this rayon challis gives it a competely different feel.

Ah, the old pink hair! I do miss it sometimes.

This fabric is from my new fall line, so of course I was super excited to sew with it. I love rayon challis for its softness and beautiful drape.

The blouse has a breast pocket and sleeve cuffs. I highlighted the design details with little pom pom trim all around! I'm going to do a separate post on how to work with this type of trim, because there's so much to say. The great thing is that it can be inserted into a seam, just like you do with piping.

I could seriously use this trim on almost every project I make.

I made the pattern in a size 8, and I like how it has a looseness to it. It drapes nicely when tucked in, thanks to the dart tucks at the waist.

I found some cute little pink and clear plastic buttons at Joann.

I paired the blouse with a basic black skirt from Modcloth.

Every time I wear this skirt, I get questions about it. So here goes, in advance: it's two circle skirts (one a few inches longer than the other) sewn together at the wide waistband. It's black cotton, no lining. It would be very easy to reproduce, in fact I've been planning on making my own version for some time.

Here you can see the grand backdrop of a building in Vienna. Oh how I love that city!

I'm so pleased with this project as an addition to my wardrobe. Look for a pom pom trim post soon!


  1. I'm excited for th Pom pom trim post! I love Pom trim but the tiny stuff is intimidating!:) beautiful blouse!

  2. I absolutely adore this blouse! I'm nuts for dingleballs (what I call pom pom fringe) and recently put some on the bottom of an angled 60's crop top. I need to find some of this small stuff! Thank you for the lovely inspiration, as always!

    1. My Mom and I call them dingleballs too! 💗

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  4. OMG! So pretty -- that pom pom trimming is so sweet! WHEREVER did you get it? My favorite place for trimming is on West 38th Street in NYC. This blouse looks so much like the first blouse I made with your guidance, the one with the Composition Notebook print.

  5. I am so enjoying your fabric line, and appreciate it very much when you give us project ideas about how to use it.

  6. Love the shape and fabric! Nice with the pink details!

  7. I just got your first book and making the bowtie blouse with the peter pan colar and pencil shirt. Really excited. I have to do so e alterations because i am a size 18/20 but i really love tour books.

    Going to add this shirt to the list.

  8. Wow! What a blouse and the skirt is perfect with it! I have a vintage blouse pattern that was my mother's and I made a blouse from it when I was in college, and it had the dart tucks at the waist which were so feminine. I was much smaller then, so I doubt the pattern would fit now. It had front and back yokes with gathers and long sleeves with French cuffs. The blouse is long gone, but seeing your new blouse brought back memories. I love challis, too, because of its softness and drapability.

  9. Really cute! I'm looking forward to the pompom past

  10. Really cute! I'm looking forward to the pompom past

  11. Gertie,
    I saw that tiny pom pom trim at Walmart and wanted to buy it in every color because it's so adorable. I'm trying not to be a hoarder anymore, so I walked away without any. But now I'm going back - this blouse looks fantastic with this trim!

  12. Love the fabric and love the blouse. Sooo pretty!
    Would love the pom pom trim tutorial. I don't know how to sew piping so it will be very useful for me ^^

  13. That is so pretty! And I absolutely love your hair. I think it's my favourite colour on you.

  14. Never seen pom pom trim so small it looks lovey, great blouse.


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