October - December 2014

Sleeveless Blouse

Despite my little collection of Edwardian blouses, I wanted something slightly different to wear under the 1906 bolero. There was just enough cotton eyelet left from my 1905 blouse to make a simple guimpe. The pattern is Laughing Moon's #104, which is meant to be worn under a dress and fits snugly. So I went up a size and lengthened it several inches. I hadn't originally planned to make the blouse sleeveless, but the armscye were too deep, so adding sleeves would have restricted my range of motion. (My mistake in failing to account for the combined effect of a square shoulder adjustment and using the next size up.) But everything sits much better without additional layers, and it seems to be a period solution, so I wasn't entirely disappointed. The blouse closes up the back with pretty shell buttons. I rarely bother to photograph the backs of garments as fitted necklines won't close over this dressform.

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