That 1930s blouse pattern

The 1650s doublet reminded me of this pattern because of the opening in the sleeve seam – in the 1930s for a hint of flesh rather than an undershirt (although I fancy making it with a flash of silk chiffon under the slash)Blog April 17 1930s blouse 1 (front pattern cover)

And not many pattern pieces:

Blog April 17 1930s blouse (back pattern envelope)

I also like the fastening detail, with concealed closing at the gathered neck and button loops down the front (no buttonholes – hurrah).  To see how it is done – having already gathered the front neck opening “between the dots” as you do –

Blog April 17 1930s bouse 5 (buttons loops)

Then it is on to the facings.  Here we come across one reason for so few pattern pieces on the envelope.  The front facing is a given pattern piece as the neck edge has to be gathered to fit it, but the back facing is pretty simple so Butterick smugly tells you to trace one off the back pattern yourself “the same width as the front facing”.  What do you expect for 25 cents?

Blog April 17 1930s blouse (front facing)

Blog April 17 blouse pattern 7 (button closures 7)

So, after that hard work making hand-worked loops for the hooks and eyes it will be off to ebay to “trim with a novelty clip”.


2 thoughts on “That 1930s blouse pattern”

  1. Oh my gosh, I am in paroxysms of delight over this pattern! How utterly gorgeous is that!? I love the glamour of the overall look, and then in particular the slash in the sleeves paired with the slanted cuff design line. I completely adore the cuff design! Great to combine with the slashing but really lovely on its own too. I must incorporate that in some kind of blouse, I simply must. Thank you so much for posting this!

    I do have one question though: what on earth is that curved line of circles near the sleeve all about? They are not even completely symmetrical between front and back piece. The instruction don’t seem to show them either? Could this be merely an indication of where the armhole would be in a different design? Although in that case the line would surely curve to the other side, so perhaps not. Do you know?

    Also, I see that the instruction don’t say much about how to make the button loops. I attended a very good couture techniques class once that suggested using a continuous rouleaux: winding in and out to get the correct space for the buttons and lead perpendicularly to the centre front, then you can just turn the rouleaux and guide it back for the next loop – it is not necessary to faff around with fiddly individual strips for each loop. That made a lot of sense to me: it saves a lot of hassle and headache. You just trim off the surplus turns at the centre front edge with a rotary cutter once you sewed down the loops.


  2. The odd row of dots is for the short sleeve version (see the picture in the middle – I rather fancy trying it as you can see from the pattern front picture there is a cunning overlap with one button.

    I agree with you on rouleau loops – I went on a bridal and evening wear course. There was a wedding dress maker there who said the way she placed the rouleau loops was by putting a strip of graph paper on the seam line and pinning her loops over it. She drew 3 lines one each for:
    cut edge of loop
    seam line
    where the front edge of the loop is.
    Then she had them pinned and sewn so they were all immaculately the same.

    By the way, since we are talking pattern detail I’ve added another couple of pictures in ‘media’ about the seam allowance on the sleeve, just in case you were wondering about the dots on that as well.


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