Simplicity Bloggers Challenge 


Having just started a blog it was great timing when I saw the simplicity challenge and an even bigger bonus was the free pattern they provided.  Having a love of vintage & a shortage of tops in my wardrobe I choose the vintage make category; the lovely Simplicity 1364 pattern arrive promptly at my door.  
This is a lovely easy make with flattering French darts so decided I wanted to keep the front as it is but add swing & length to the back so out came the tracing paper & pencil. 


Slicing the pattern from just below the armhole level, spreading out the bottom edge to give extra volume to baseline & then drawing the hemline shape required. 

As my fabric was reasonably sheer I decided to line the body of the garment, therefore I eliminated the need for the facings by attaching the lining to the main fabric around the neck edge & back opening. Clipping seams where needed & top stitching close to seamline to prevent lining showing at edge.   

  I like the use of buttons with loops as a closure. A loop turner means it’s easy to make neat thin tubes from a bias strip of fabric, I can’t believe how much I used to struggle before finding this fantastic little tool! 

With the fabric being fine I opted to use a fine machine overcast stitch to finish the hemline then added a button hole in each side seam so the belt could be worn in various ways; by threading belt though buttonholes the top can be worn belted at front but with back outer fabric still free. 

  So that’s my updated vintage make, feels lovely to wear & easy to dress up or down. The simplicity 1364 is a fantastic versatile pattern that I’m sure I will use repeatedly……thanks Simplicity 😃 

    Think the daft dog is attempting to photobomb here!    

17 thoughts on “Simplicity Bloggers Challenge 

  1. I found your blog through the simplicity website – congratulations on your win! Well deserved, because this is an awesome blouse. Inspiring, I might need to copy it…slughtly, at least.


  2. I love the pattern on the fabric – just enough to stop it looking plain, but not so much it make you go cross-eyed 🙂

    Congrats on the best vintage make! 😀


  3. Such a great blouse, and the way you have explained what you did is brilliant. And if that wasn’t enough, I adore the fabric too! I hope you don;t mind but I shall be writing up a round up on my blog & linking to you, your pic and your blog post, hope that’s OK 🙂

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      1. Fabulous, thank you! It’ll be out for Sunday brunch !!! Lovely seeing all the highly commended entires as well….

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  4. You have done a great work here altering the pattern and the result is fantastic. Working with such a sheer fabric must have been difficult. Congrats on winning in the contest!

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  5. I really love your version of this blouse and I’ve bought some peacock fabric with a view to copying. Is it ok if I ask some construction questions? Did you cut the back as one continuous piece or kept it as two fastened with the buttons at the top? If it’s in two is the bottom fastened/attached or does it just drape over? How did you do your button holes?

    So many questions, so much shameless plagiarism from me 😀

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    1. Hi. My back section was still cut as two pieces, with a centre back seam& attached to the lining by stitching around the neck opening as you would a facing. I did button & loops at opening, making the loops from the same fabric or if you mean side button holes, I made machine button holes in the outer fabric only & positioned them just next to side seam. Hope that makes sense! Feel free to ask more questions. Can’t wait to see your blouse😃


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