The pattern I've chosen for the blouse is one from a large box I inherited from my grandmother. Isn't it lovely to work with items that have come down through your family? The pattern is Simplicity 5885, dated 1965, and I'm making View 1, a shell top with a natty jabot style tie/collar.
The linen looks very plain and dull in the photo below (underneath the pattern) but in real life it has a lovely soft drape and will do very nicely as an all-rounder blouse.
I have already:
- bought fabric - a lovely cream 100% linen.
- washed the linen for shrinkage.
- copied and graded the pattern up one size.
- sewn together a mockup which fit reasonably well.
I think the tie looks a little wider on the mockup than the pattern sketch. I may try to reduce the width of these in the final garment.
Though I'm ready to put scissors to fashion fabric for the blouse I'm at a standstill on this project while I try to sew the 1940s suit in time for the deadline of the Sew for Victory Sew-a-long.