Our dark Olive blouse makes a great transitional garment between seasons. If you love green, it is certainly one to add to your collection. It is made of lovely light, floppy viscose, just as you would get in many original tops.
The viscose washes and irons well, but will crease when packed in a case. If you fold it carefully, and keep the collar nice and flat, creases will minimise if you hang it up at your destination.
This style of blouse, with the strong pointed collar and darted shoulders shows up in sewing patterns from 1941 - 1946. The collar itself lived on a bit longer, paired with a softer shoulder at the start of the New Look era. It isn't "wrong" if you need it to wear as a late 30s blouse however, as sewing patterns always came out after a new style became popular
Viscose (or Rayon, as the American's call it) is made from wood pulp and is more drapey than cotton and breathes better than polyester. They marketed it as "artificial silk", especially in the war years when supplies of real silk was needed for the manufacturing of parachutes.
Vintage credentials and other points to note:
Inspired from a vintage pattern (we have modernised the fit and the construction but not the style)
Classic curved and pointed 40s collar
Full gathers at the wrist
Small darts sewn into the top of the sleeve
Suitable for war-time renactors
Pearl effect matching buttons
The actual measurements for the Martha blouses are:
Size 8 B:35.5" W:32"
Size 10 B:38.6" W:34.2"
Size 12 B:40.4" W:37"
Size 14 B:43" W:38"
Size 16 B:45" W:41.2"
Size 18 B:47.5" W:44.2"
Size 20 B:51" W:48"
We've named the Martha blouse after Shona's great grandmother, a real adventurer, who followed her children out to New Zealand after her husband retired. Now that is some trip to make later in life! We think the Martha set is all about adventuring, even if it is a bit more urban than a pilgrimage on a sailing ship - just look at the pockets on the jerkin!