The One-Weekend 1940s Rayon Blouse

This past weekend I felt the need to stitch together something quick, easy, and very useful, using my favorite vintage fabric, rayon.

Luckily, my local Mill End fabric store has a good selection, and I picked up enough white rayon faille for two blouses.

I frankensteined Vogue 5724 and Simplicity 3079 together, after finding most of the pieces of the Vogue pattern missing. No worries – I just cut the sleeve on the Simplicity pattern short, and used the surviving collar piece from the Vogue. My version is missing the gathers from the neckline, and I didn’t bother with the string tie thingy, but I think the over all effect is good. If I wanted to be extra ’40s I’d put shoulder pads in….still debating that one, though.

It was a quick project and came out swell. I like the blouse very much, and it’ll make a nice addition to my vintage wardrobe. 🙂


  • Esther

    March 31, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    That is a gorgeous blouse, Lauren! I need to start investing in rayon – it's so vintage!!
    That will indeed be an absolute staple in your wardrobe – I can just imagine the suits it can go with!
    Lovely job!! 🙂

    • Lauren Stowell

      March 31, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      Thank you! I have a camel-colored 1940s suit I've had for ages but never worn because I didn't have a blouse to go with it. Now I do, yay!

  • PinhousePlaymate

    March 31, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    A really lovely classic blouse, that goes with anything 🙂 I like the narrow back of the collar, it is laying very nicely. I am with you on the shoulder pads. I have omitted them in every 40s thing I've made, as I think they can look rather severe. I guess it depends on the wearer and what statement one wants to make:)

    • Lauren Stowell

      March 31, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      Haha, yeah shoulder pads – love/hate. I might try small/thin ones, but I'm afraid they'll show through the fabric…will just have to see 🙂 Sometimes I like the look

  • Carla

    April 1, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    Oh it's so lovely! Simple, and can go with everything! I need to make some simple white blouses over the summer, I think. And, I actually like shoulder pads in my 40's blouses, it brings them together, I think.

    Carla, TinyAngryCrafts


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