Late 1940s Button Front Blouses Sewing Pattern b32 bust 32 Hollywood Pattern Co reproduction

Pattern Number: 1318


Circa 1948

Size: 32″ (81cm) bust, 35″ (89cm) hips

Highly detailed written instructions that include terrific illustrations

There are 8 pattern pieces included with this package

In the instructions, Hollywood Patterns says to, “TAKE UP FULL AMOUNT OF ALL SEAMS TO INSURE CORRECT FIT”

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Late 1940s Button Front Blouses Sewing Pattern b32 bust 32 Hollywood Pattern Co reproduction

Pattern Number: 1318


Circa 1948

Size: 32″ (81cm) bust, 35″ (89cm) hips

Highly detailed written instructions that include terrific illustrations

There are 8 pattern pieces included with this package

In the instructions, Hollywood Patterns says to, “TAKE UP FULL AMOUNT OF ALL SEAMS TO INSURE CORRECT FIT”

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On all US Orders over $50!

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Why Choose This Pattern?

This Late 1940s Button Front Blouses sewing pattern was published by The Hollywood Pattern Company.
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Late 1940s fashion saw the continuation of wartime influences but also the beginnings of post-war style evolution. Button-front blouses were a staple of women's fashion during this period, reflecting both practicality and elegance. Here are four popular styles of late 1940s button-front blouses:

1. **Classic Tailored Blouse**: This style was characterized by a tailored fit with a pointed or rounded collar and button-front closure. These blouses often featured darts for shaping, emphasizing a feminine silhouette. Fabrics ranged from cotton to silk, with solid colors or subtle patterns like stripes or polka dots being common.

2. **Peasant Blouse**: Inspired by folk styles, peasant blouses were loose-fitting with a gathered neckline that could be worn on or off the shoulders. They typically featured voluminous sleeves that gathered at the wrist or were cuffed. Embroidery, lace trim, or decorative buttons added embellishment to these blouses, often made from lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen.

3. **Peter Pan Collar Blouse**: Named after the collar style popularized by the character Peter Pan, these blouses featured a rounded collar that lay flat against the neckline. They often had short sleeves or three-quarter sleeves and a button-front closure. Peter Pan collar blouses were versatile and could be worn casually or dressed up for more formal occasions.

4. **Western-Inspired Blouse**: With influences from cowboy and cowgirl attire, Western-inspired blouses became fashionable in the late 1940s. These blouses featured details such as yokes, piping, snap buttons, and sometimes embroidery or fringe. They were often made from sturdy fabrics like denim or chambray and paired with high-waisted skirts or jeans for a casual yet stylish look.

These styles of button-front blouses reflected the diversity of late 1940s fashion, offering options suitable for various occasions and personal tastes. They remained popular throughout the decade and continued to influence women's fashion in the years to come.

This pattern group can be used to develop 4 variations of the button front blouse including "Tuck-in blouse with two styles of fronts. Plain or scalloped finish, tucks or gathers below shoulder yokes. V-neck with straight or scalloped lapels, or high neck with soft tied collar. Long sleeves gathered to cuff bands or short sleeves."
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The pattern we offer was developed for size 14, 32" (81cm) bust, 35" (89cm) hips. This is the only size of this pattern collection we offer.

The pattern envelope, instructions and pattern pieces are unedited from the original Hollywood Pattern set which includes highly detailed, illustrated instructions.

There are 8 pattern pieces included with this package.

In the instructions, Hollywood Patterns says to, "TAKE UP FULL AMOUNT OF ALL SEAMS TO INSURE CORRECT FIT."
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Materials required: 2-3/8 Yds. 36" fabric.

Saundra Altman, our founder, noted that late 1940s blouses would have been made of "rayon crepe, woven rayon taffeta, rayon and cotton lace and common color for garments like this were white, red, black, pink or aqua blue."
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The envelope front cover has a copy of the original Hollywood Pattern artwork. On the back cover are findings (aka notions) that the garment maker will need, a pattern diagram, a material requirement chart, back view of each variation and features of the completed garment. We also include our Guide to Editing Garments Based on Bust Size.  Inside the envelope are 6 pages of very complete directions. The patterns comes on one 36" wide sheet and are hand-drawn, emulating the originals.
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Our patterns are printed on 20 lb. white paper and packaged in reusable plastic. We always attempt to offer the most reasonable shipping rates for domestic and international orders. Multi item purchases are automatically adjusted for combined shipping.
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Additional information

Weight 6 oz
Dimensions 13 × 10 × 2 in

Sizing Information

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