Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, and people who like music (that is everyone, isn't it?)
This lovely smart print features musical notes and symbols scattered about a navy background. You really can't go wrong if you need a simple novelty print on a classic blouse. Team it with denim or navy, any hot red, orange or yellow, bright greens, or white and ivory.
We have also made our Bessie skirt in the same fabric, so you can pair them together if you wish. Perfect for holiday packing!
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 happened after a new style became popular
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"
Our model is Caroline, owner of Fritzi's Hair Parlour in Sweden. The shoot took place there and at the neighbouring Austin's Vintage. The Photographer is Lee Parker
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!