Thursday Vintage - Tie Neck Blouses

These beautiful tie-neck blouses were lovingly home sewn by my grandmother Louise. The tie neck is very easy to sew and a really lovely feature that can be worn loose or tied in a bow. This first one is made of silk with fabric covered buttons and ruffles along the yoke and wrist.

The second blouse is a brown-green check with decorative plastic buttons, short sleeves and darts at the waist.

How cool are those buttons? They're kind of like little flowers.

My grandmother was much smaller than I am. Thus these blouses have no chance of fitting me. For some reason though, I still have them hanging in my closet, waiting for their opportunity to venture out into the world.


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Striped Kimono Sleeve Top - McCall's M6566

How fun are these stripes? This is another kimono sleeve top from McCalls pattern M6566. This top is View D. It's perfectly suited for stripes. This was a little more complicated to make than View B but still fairly easy. See my version of View B here. Again the walking foot and the serger were my best friends in making this. 

You don't think it looks too jailbird do you? ;) I got this fabric in downtown LA a while ago intending to use it for a project from one of the drape drape books. I really wanted to use it in a pattern that would show off the stripes and this was perfect.

One of the coolest, more unusual features of the top is the crossover back. I considered eliminating this feature at first because I was worried about the dip being so low.

And the back is quite low and does not properly cover the back of the bra. Wearing a camisole easily solves the dilemma but it is a little annoying.

I made a size medium for this with a narrow seam allowance. If I had followed the size chart I would have made a size large. The fit is loose which is the intention. But, you should be aware of this when deciding what size to make. If this was any larger, the shoulders would definitely be falling off. However, I do recommend the pattern. It's a great basic kimono sleeve top with some nice variations. If you're curious about the kimono sleeve versus the dolman sleeve check out this post.

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Moodboard - Cocoon Coats

So you might be wondering what exactly is a cocoon coat? Well it's an oversized coat usually with dropped shoulders and large sleeves that envelopes the body like a cocoon. Here are a few of my favorites. If you need a little more fashion inspiration, check out my Pretty Clothes pin board on pinterest.

1. A Detacher Chuu Cocoon Coat from La Garconne
2. Kenzo Grey Oversize Knit Wool Coat from SSense
3. Neil Barrett Leather Sleeves Coat
4. Jil Sander Fire Red Oversized Wool Coat from ShopBop
5. Vanessa Bruno Athe Oversized Wool-Blend Coat from Net-A-Porter
6. Petite Check Cocoon Coat from Topshop

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