What were you doing when you were 12 years old? I was wearing my ruffle collar blouse, dreaming of being Lady Diana Spencer, about to marry a real-life prince. I wasn’t alone in this fantasy. 1982 is the year this pattern came out and it’s heavily influenced by the world’s love affair with a Kensington gal.
So my far-distant youth becomes reduced to three words: vintage sewing pattern. I’m vintage, which I think means I’m old. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! How I laugh in the face of such a preposterous notion!
I made this blouse as a test make. I know, I know… But I really wanted to make sure the real deal came out well! I loved making this. The fabric is a cotton/silk mix (some kind of lawn?) bought off, you guessed it, The Man Outside Sainsburys on Walthamstow market. Seriously, I’m going to get a T-shirt printed that reads ‘The Man Outside Sainsburys’. Except, anyone who doesn’t read my blog will be confused. But you’re not a man. And you’re not outside Sainsburys.
I was intrigued to see if I could turn pure 80s into a wearable 2013. I think I have! The shoulder and side seams are French seamed. The facing edges and armhole seams were finished on my overlocker. There are six buttons running down the front panel. I really enjoyed working on the armholes, as there are shoulder stays there to keep the sleeve heads nice and pouffy…
If you’re going to use a semi-sheer fabric, as I have, I’d use something with a disguising print, otherwise the facings and shoulder stays will really show through. You can just see the sleeve head in the photo below:
If you’re thinking this blouse is a Sewlution cheat, it isn’t – there are no collars, plackets or significantly difficult cuffs involved in this make! But I have successfully tested the pattern, prior to make number two, which you will see soon on another blog. Ooh, the intrigue! I think the only thing I might adjust is to shave a smidgen off the shoulder width.
Have you tried an 80s pattern? Was it a success? And seriously, what WERE you doing when you were 12 years old?