1940’s Retro Blouse – Simplicity 1590

If there’s one thing sewing has taught me, it has to be patience. Even now, after about 2 years of sewing, I am learning to slow down and not rush things. I think this blouse has been a real test of that, I could have rushed it but I’m so glad I didn’t and it was worth the wait. 

This is the Simplicity 1590: 1940’s Retro Blouse. A classic style with a lovely peplum waist and a bow that clips under the collar which is really quirky. The fabric is vintage and was given to me from my mother in law and the buttons I got from Plush Addict. I think the faux pearl look really helps adds to the vintage feel.

This may be a real sad confession but… Does anyone else get nervous about buttonholes? I really do, it seems a bit all or nothing with them at times! I decided to get myself a new buttonhole foot and wait for it to arrive before I delved in and boy I’m glad I did. It’s much easier to use than the one that came with my sewing machine and was just a real help so next time I won’t have to be so nervous haha, oh dear I’m reading that back and hearing ‘saddo…’ 

What do you think? Sam took these photos for me at my parents and I had been sat down for a while (and had just finished a big roast dinner yum…) so I realise the peplum and tie look a bit squished from behind! 


Did anyone else get some bank holiday sewing done? 



12 thoughts on “1940’s Retro Blouse – Simplicity 1590

  1. Great result! Pretty fabric – works really well with your retro blouse.
    Buttonholes are scarey because they’re so hard to unpick, I think. I never got the hang of them on my first machine. I was so fed up I followed the instructions in a 1930s book and started doing them by hand. Wonder whether that started the ’30s obsession…


    1. Thank you! It’s actually in my mums dining room but if I remember I like to go round in my latest me made clothing so that I can steal it for photo taking! It’s from Cath Kidston though x


  2. The blouse really suits you Georgia and I love the little bow. Don’t worry – I’m also a bit nervous of buttonholes and I’ve got a really good buttonhole setting on my machine! I’m sure it gets easier the more you do.

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