I am hesitant to call this vintage since the pattern that I used for inspiration was printed in 1982. I was an adult in 1982 so that bothers me just a bit!
Anyway, here is the pattern that I used for inspiration. I modified a shawl collar to look like View 2 (pink blouse) and I drafted a cuff like in View 1 (white blouse)
If you saw my Nordstrom blouse, then this pattern was modified from that basic pattern.
I used a navy challis with small white dots. I'm unsure of the fiber content. I bought the piece at a Trash and Treasure sale sponsored by our local Rotary club.
It washes very nicely and it's so comfortable! I plan to make more since it's quick to put together and ideal for Louisiana spring weather.
Posted 2012-03-10 11:47 PM (#80561 - in reply to #80556) Subject: Re: Vintage? Blouse
I used the classic blouse with a cut on cap sleeve. The commercial pattern has side darts, but I used torso waist darts instead. I raised the shoulder height and extended it out to form a modified dolman. By doing that I was able to retain some shoulder shaping.
The cuff is a separate piece that I drafted. I used PMB for the basic pattern and then drafted the collar, sleeves, and cuffs by hand.
I used the shawl collar with a stand to start, then I overlaid the collar from the commercial pattern on top to get the collar shape.
I studied the cuff piece from the commercial pattern to figure out how they did it. They used the armhole as a guide for the part that attaches to the sleeve and then I used a French curve for the shape above that.
Posted 2012-03-12 8:46 PM (#80612 - in reply to #80607) Subject: Re: Vintage? Blouse
How did you get a torso dart? All I see is a waist dart. How did you raise the shoulder, did you use the shoulder pad setting or something else?
also did you extend the shoulder point. How do you extend the shoulder, when I tried to do that I lost the cut on cap.
i had a pattern that I wanted to try get this affect, but I never got it to work out. I just used the pattern.
Posted 2012-03-13 11:02 AM (#80626 - in reply to #80556) Subject: RE: Vintage? Blouse
"How did you raise the shoulder, did you use the shoulder pad setting or something else? also did you extend the shoulder point. How do you extend the shoulder, when I tried to do that I lost the cut on cap."
I've learned that there are two ways to go about this. This is how I did the blouse in the picture. In the following post I'll show an easier way.
Button size 0.5
Front Neckline: Shawl
Fitted side seam
+1 Hemline Flare
Ease: (This made a semi fitted to loose fitting blouse. Reduce ease or increase darts for a more fitted garment)
Draft 3 Front and 3 back Torso darts. I did not sew the middle front torso dart and I only sewed one back dart.
I extended the 1st front dart to the hemline, tapering to about 1/4"
Armhole Depth 1.25
Shoulder Pad 1.25
Cut on Cap Sleeve
I began at the neckline point and raised to shoulder another 1/4" to the shoulder point, then I tapered an inch to the sleeve hem.
I added 1" at the armscye/side seam for the sleeve to extend out.
Posted 2012-03-13 12:30 PM (#80630 - in reply to #80627) Subject: RE: Vintage? Blouse
Thank you, Jill , for this information> I can look at a computer screen a hundred times and never notice parts of it. I didn't realize that there were square and round settings for the kimono sleeve. I also love all your illustrations of how your achieved your look. Must be the best dressed nurse around! JoAnn
Posted 2012-03-13 6:29 PM (#80637 - in reply to #80627) Subject: RE: Vintage? Blouse
Jill thanks for your explanation. I see how you got the torso darts, I didn't know how that worked.
I see how you made the sleeve. On the pattern that I was using, I just wasn't sure how the sleeve would turn out.
I did think about the kimono too. My pattern is more like a jacket, so it has very low armhole.
Your blouse is beautiful, and you are a magician at this.