Extant Garments: 1910s White Blouse Part II

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was splendid!  We had a nice storm here this weekend.  I *love* the rain, so was quite enthralled.

Continuing with the post of shots of the white blouse, here’s a few more detail shots and notes on construction.  We’re going to take a peek inside the neckline for the lace edging today.  You can click on these images to make them larger so you can see in more detail.

Here is a shot of the outside of the blouse.  Over time the lace at the neckline seems to have stretched a bit, but this blouse was originally meant to have a bit of a squared neck.

Inside here we can see the corner.  The lace is composed of two different pieces which were attached together and then applied to the blouse.  Here you can see the mitered corner of the lace and also the teensy tiny little hem that was made on the blouse neckline, and where the corner was clipped and the hem continued.  You can also catch a glimpse of the back side of some of the embroidery.

This is a shot of the inside back of the neckline.  You can see that the lace was finished first with a narrow hem at the back edge.  The back of the blouse was finished with a self facing to form the back placket for the fastening and base of the buttons/buttonholes. Then the blouse and lace were joined together.  Looking up close at the blouse it may be possible that the tiny hem was made first, then the lace applied, which is different in construction than the lace instruction I have found from both period and modern sources, where the lace was applied before creating the finish on the inside.  You can see up close the row of machine stitches and also the row of tiny hand stitches.  Also, it’s worth noting, that the self facing has no interfacing and you can also see the little hand done buttonhole.

More close up shots coming soon, and I also have basic lace insertion by machine tutorials coming up soon in honor of the new 1910s Blouse Pattern.



4 Comments on Extant Garments: 1910s White Blouse Part II

  1. Cait
    March 26, 2012 at 10:20 am (12 years ago)

    Oh yes lace insertion tutorials! I am so excited for that! it is one of those things I have always wanted to try but have been too afraid to attempt with out any instruction.

    • Lauren
      March 28, 2012 at 10:37 am (12 years ago)

      Ok! Will do :) I already took photos for them and they’re around here somewhere…

  2. Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns
    March 26, 2012 at 11:07 am (12 years ago)

    Beautiful! It looks like something Martha Pullen would be demonstrating!

    • Lauren
      March 26, 2012 at 11:13 am (12 years ago)

      I love Martha Pullen! :)

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