I wasn’t sure what to call this outfit.
Monochrome lady pirate?
Patti Smith meets 1970s secretary?
This blouse started with the fabric. I found this absolutely gorgeous cream silk crepe at Mill End and knew it wanted to be a blouse. It is the softest, most luxurious silk in the world. It has a great weight, and the color is perfect. Not too white, not too yellow, just a lovely creamy shade.
I wanted a blouse that would be feminine and soft, so I dug through my stash of vintage patterns and found these lovely lasses calling to me:
I asked on instagram and facebook which version people liked, and practically no one chose the version I made. I think they might have had a point, because I kind of feel like a pirate in it. It’s just a lot of fabric for me, especially in the back.
I used some of these teeny milky white pressed glass buttons from my stash for the cuff and back buttons. The cuff closes with a continuous lap placket, and the back has tiny little thread crochet loops. I finished all the seams on the inside with French seams.
Not sure how I feel about the bow. It’s sort of floppy and sad. But it definitely adds to that 70s thing. It kind of reminds me of something Lily Tomlin might have worn in 9 to 5.
I originally thought I’d wear it tucked in, but it’s just far too voluminous for that. It bordered on Renn Faire attire.
I thrifted these stack heel loafers a while back, and they were in just awful shape. They looked like they’d been through a flood. I took them to our local shoe repair on the off chance they could be salvaged, and for $5 they came back looking shiny and (almost) new. Shoe repairs are such a good deal, aren’t they?
So, the final verdict? I’m not sure. I sort of think this blouse looks like something I picked up at a thrift store, except that the fabric is so luxurious (i.e. not polyester).
Blouse: Vintage 1970s Butterick 3319 in cream silk crepe (purchased locally)
Pants: Black Levis skinny jeans
Shoes: Thrifted 1970s loafers