Finished: Simplicity 3450 Blouse & Sew For Victory Skirt

12:46 Renée 6 Comments

Last week I finally got a mirror and was able to hem my skirt and attach the pockets, yay! I also finally finished the matching blouse from the same pattern which still  needed fabric buttons and thread loops. The skirt is also my entry for the Sew For Victory challenge.

Warning! Picture heavy!

The pattern is Simplicity 3450 from 1940. I haven't made any alterations except for the placement of the skirt's pockets. I found the original placement to be very weird looking in real life and this just felt better to me.

I used a vintage metal zipper with a gorgeous zipper pull for the skirt. I prick stitched it in semi exposed because I thought it would be a shame to hide such a beautiful zip! (click to admire in full screen mode!)

The buttons of the skirt are simple vintage dark blue glass buttons from my stash.

The blouse closes with five fabric covered buttons and red thread loops in the back neck and a side placket with snaps.

And two fabric buttons with threads loops at the wrist

I also shortened the skirt a whopping 3,5 inches. I am definitely not short but the original length was quite long and looked very unflattering on me.

As far as the inside goes: The seams are simply turned under and stitched. The hem is slightly gathered to take in the fullness and stitched to a blue bias tape which is slip stitched in place.

Anyway, I'm happy with my new outfit! Mission "Stepping out of my comfort zone" successful!


  1. Ziet er goed uit Renee! Ik vind dat het rood je erg goed staat, moet je vaker doen :)

  2. This is a really great outfit. Especially the skirt I like very much with the large pockets. May I take the liberty, to give you a little hint about the hem? The bias binding is a great vintage finish, I use it on my skirts all the time, but I make the hem much narrower. In only fold it about 0.5 mm away from the bias tape, and sew it in place with invisible slip stitches. You will not have to gather so much fullness if you do it like this and you'll avoid any puckers.

    Greetings from Germany

    1. Yes that puckering is bothering the crap out of me! I like wide hems, but I think I will take your advice and make them narrow(er) from now on because taking in that fullness is a pain in the behind!

  3. Gorgeous! I just found your blog, and I have to say I love it. I might just have to stick around a while.

    the Middle Sister and Singer

    1. Hello Brigid! You are very welcome to stick around!


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