Simplicity 1590 - 1940s Vintage Top + Sew Along

by - 8/05/2017

It's time for my next Stitch by Stitch video & pattern review blog post as Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador! After my struggles (and surprise) sewing the 1930s, I was super excited to start on my 1940s project. I feel much more at home in the 1940s as it's an era where pinup style was born and I can certainly see myself enjoying lots of the fashions.

For my 1940s Stitch by Stitch episode, I chose the 1590 top pattern.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

I chose this 1940s pattern rather than a dress as I've been eyeing this pattern up for a while and could really use some smart/casual blouses in my wardrobe to pair with jeans. I sew lots of dresses, so it certainly makes for a nice change!

Of course this isn't your usual sewing pattern review... In the video below you'll be able to follow along with me as I sew my take on the 1590 top, along with a close up look discussing the fit and details, along with an in depth pattern review.

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 1590 Sew Along

If you have any questions about the blouse, please do leave a comment. I hope you find the video helpful and may even inspire someone to sew it!
I was really pleased to hear (from helpful Instagram commenters) that the 1590 top was a straightforward and speedy sew - certainly my favourite things! And I'm pleased to say I too found this pattern a joy to sew. There isn't anything particularly challenging in the construction of the top and it's a great pattern to learn new skills like button holes, facings and fit. 
I really enjoyed sewing the 1590 pattern and couldn't be happier with the outcome. I'm pleasantly surprised with how well it fits considering my... ahem... sizable bust. I did no full bust adjustment to the pattern which I thought I might have to do (hence sewing 2 versions/wearable toile). It fits really well around my waist, with the great fitting bust and flared hips, this blouse has me feeling all Joan Holloway.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity Ladies Sewing Pattern 1590 Vintage Style 1940's Blouse Tops 

Fabric: Cotton poplin from Birmingham Rag Market.

Notions: 5 x 1/2 inch buttons.

Sewing time: An hour and a half.

Modifications: None whatsoever.

Fit: Perfection! Weird I know.

Difficulty: Easy-peasy! Beginners should definitely add this pattern to their wishlists!

Watch out for: Clean finishing will make this simple garment look professional. Think neat button holes, under-stitched facing and beautiful hems.

Make Again?: I already did! See my video above for a peek at my second cherry version. Coming to the blog soon.

Overall, I'm really happy I got the chance to sew this 1940s blouse pattern. It's exactly what my wardrobe needed and I know I'll be getting a tonne of wear out of my two versions. 

Coming soon...
I really hope you've enjoyed my 1940s Stitch by Stitch post and video as much as I have. Will you be adding this gorgeous, simple blouse to their sewing list?

Catch up on my previous Stitch by Stitch posts:

Thanks for reading, pinups!

P.S. Stay tuned for more about this 1590 pattern ;)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. These are both gorgeous, I love the one with the cherries.

  2. Love both your blouses. Fitting question: if I make the blouse to fit my bust, it gapes at the neckline. I have narrow shoulders and this happens to me a lot. Any suggestions?? Thanks so much.

    1. I think you need to make the blouse in a smaller size but making a Full Bust Adjustment (aka FBA) to your paper pattern before cutting your fabric. A quick Google search should help. :)

  3. I can't find the pattern. I think it's no longer on sale =(