My love of vintage extends further than just a love of fashion. I love to watch shows set in different eras- from Downton Abbey with their chic tea dresses to the more colourful outfits of Mrs Maisel.
One of my favourites is Agent Carter- the wardrobe is just fabulous- and today’s sew is based on one of these pieces!
Not only is today’s sew a true vintage classic, but it is a peice that can transition easily into an everyday item from office wear, as in Mad Men, to grocery shopping, as per mom-iform – the perfect pussy bow blouse.
I used the Madison Blouse from Rebecca Page Patterns to create this look.
As with all the PDF Patterns from this designer, you can print only the size you require (or sizes if you need to blend for the perfect fit) and one of my favourite things about the Rebecca Page Patterns is that most of them come in ladies, child and doll sizes- so your mini can match! And what says vintage more than matching! (I always remember a story my MIL told me that in the 70s there was a mother and daughter who always wore matching outfits to parties etc).
The Madison is made with woven fabric – I used a viscose fabric so it created a lovely blousey effect which was perfect for this pattern- but you can also use quilters cotton among other non stretchy fabrics.
The gathering along the front and back yokes add a lovely detail to the blouse.
I love this pattern as it offers different sleeve variations- long, short and puff making it a great all year round pattern. Plus it means you dont have to keep making the same style – because you will for sure be making another one! In addition you can choose to either pleat or gather your sleeves when attaching to the bodice. I opted for gathered here but the instructions for pleats looked really easy to follow.
You can also leave the bow off and follow the patterns instructions for a simple collar too.
The instructions for the Madison blouse are detailed and easy to follow- I love how it goes into detail about flat felled seams (learn something new every day!) and my favourite – French seams. These sound complicated but are in fact super easy and make a really professional looking garment inside and out.
And on that note, I’m ready to channel my inner Peggy (Carter or Olsen 😉) thanks to my Madison….
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