Simplicity 8445 1950s Blouse

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Vintage shirt patterns seem to be not as popular amongst modern seamstresses as the dress ones. But there are so many beautiful options out there, and most of them are surprisingly more comfortable to wear than traditional shirts.

I love wearing long sleeve shirts in winter, when it’s a bit too cold for short sleeves but is too warm for a wool dress. I was avoiding 50s shirts for a while because of the bulky look some of them have. There's a bit of a contrast there - while most of the 50s dresses are very fitted, shirts are quite loose and require a fitted high-waisted skirt to achieve the right silhouette. I decided to give it a try with Simplicity 8445 pattern.

It’s so authentic and features front and collar all-in-one detail, interesting collar, deep yoke, pleats, kimono sleeves and pointed cuffs. Everything you'd expect from a 50s shirt! 

I must say that the pattern itself is not the easiest to work with due to some kind of a fault in it. At first, I couldn’t get why the collar doesn’t match the body piece but a quick search on the internet revealed that I’m not the only one with this problem and it’s a pattern error. I fixed it by making the collar piece shorter in the central part from both ways. Everything else was pretty smooth.
The shirt is surprisingly comfortable to wear. And the kimono sleeves, which are not a very common option, are a big part of it.

The fabric I used is an Italian cotton shirting one. It’s delicate, easy to work with, perfect weight for the blouse and is very high quality. On top of that, it’s surprisingly affordable!

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