Thursday, July 25, 2013

Between Seasons Vintage-Inspired Blouse

So I know I wasn't supposed to sew anymore kids clothes for awhile but I kept being bothered by this image of a vintage blouse with pleats on one shoulder (darn you Pinterest!) And I've also been planning fall wardrobes for the kids and I wanted to make something for the transition between and hot and cool weather, thus the name "between the seasons."

Then I ran into this beautiful, floral tapestry print vintage fabric while thrifting and I just could not keep myself from sewing a little something for K! This is the beginning of her fall wardrobe and I'm sticking pretty close to the colors and vintage style seen here for the rest of it as well.

The pictures don't do any justice to the fabric at all but it truly is very pretty. It just got done raining out as well so it was very gray outside.

I attached some vintage eyelet lace trim at the bottom and the blouse has an elastic waist. The next version I make, I will probably leave that part out to see how it looks hanging loose.

I drafted the pattern myself using a basic bodice piece that I keep on hand to create tops for her. The shoulder pleats are hard to see because of the print- next time, I will use a less heavily-patterned fabric. The 3/4 length sleeves are perfect for going from summer to fall.

K calls this the "backwards shirt" because the buttons are on the back. I used snap buttons for easy on and off but when I make a dress version, I will probably use a zipper. And yes- I'm so gonna make a dress version because look how cute it looks below!

It looks like a dress already! We paired it with her lace bubble skirt I made back in spring. And the blouse looks super cute with her striped paper bag shorts as well! Wish I had remembered to ask her to change into those for a quick pic! 

I love versatility and this blouse can be dressed up or down and still carry a cool vintage vibe! This girl will be glam in pre-k this fall, haha! 

So, wanna make your own??? I'll have a tutorial in a separate post because there are so many pictures! That post should be up by tomorrow so come back for that if you wanna know how I made it!

Hope you got some fall inspiration with this post and I'll be posting up more fall-inspired clothes for both boys and girls in August as we prepare for not one, but TWO kids going to school! Two kids in school means you-know-what, right? Wink wink- more time with my lovely sewing machine! Woohoo! 


  1. Thanks for joining the party with you cute creations! You daughter is blessed to have a mom always making her beautiful clothes! I love all the outfits you've made!


  2. Adorable model and cute blouse! I like the floral pattern, and I love have the blue shoes match the blue in the shirt perfectly!

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  3. Hi Julie - What a darling little blouse and your daughter is a beautiful model! :) Thanks so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and hope your weekend is great!

  4. Hi Julie! I came over from SewCountryChick to see your cute blouse. I find a lot of great fabrics used too, I love them! I have an enormous vintage fabric stash...I'm running out of places to put it! I know what you mean about some fabrics not photographing well. I can tell yours is gorgeous! I have a lot of trouble photographing small prints, and I love delicate little designs.

    1. Amy- you are my kind of gal! I looove vintage fabric and envy you your enormous stash! If you need somewhere to put the extras, you can use my place, haha! ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I adore this! And your little model is too adorable! I can't wait to make some for my girls! I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow.

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thanks Sumo! Thanks for hosting a great linky party again!


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