Balenciaga Blouse

Balenciaga Blouse

The inspiration behind this weeks #PatternPuzzle post is this divinely simple vintage blouse by Balenciaga (circa. 1958-60) found in the MetMuseum online collections.  It has been sitting in my stash of great ideas for #PatternPuzzles for over a year.

You will notice I have played with the proportions a little in the placement of the yoke seam.  My concern with the high yoke seam is that it might give a heavy effect to the bust area so I lowered it to the bust line.
  1. Using a fitted block, trace out a full front and mark in the yoke seam along the bust line.
  2. The ‘V’ neckline crosses over at the Centre Front (CF) by 5cm.
  3. The wrap in the lower bodice is about 13-14cm past the CF line.
  4. The blouse length looks to be just below the waist.  I have drawn in the back blouse length 6-7 cm below the waistline.
  5. Continue the blouse hem through to the front, dropping into a lower point.
  6. Please note the gape darting in the neckline. armhole and front wrap.
  7. Alter the block to suit a sleeveless style.
Lift the front pattern pieces closing the bust, waist and gape darts to achieve the two final shapes.  You can decide to use the waist dart in the back bodice or not depending on the fit you prefer.
The final pattern pieces below use the conventional grain line placement and cutting instructions.  It looks like the original is at least lined with the addition of facings for the hem edge.
The vintage style is a sweet blouse that could easily be lengthened to a low hip position.  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.  We love to hear from you.
Enjoy 🙂
Anita McAdam
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