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Fashion evolved rapidly from 1915 to 1920, as World War I, known as the Great War, changed forever the role of women in society. This blouse dates from 1918, at the end of World War I. Fashion was in transition from frills to practicality, and this blouse blends the two beautifully. A continuing love of feminine details and an increasing need for practicality in dress came together in the graceful lines of our Armistice Blouse, and was enhanced by a soft delicate fabric and lace trim.
The back of the blouse extends over the shoulders to meet the lightly gathered front, and gathers at the center back waist into a self-fabric tie or ribbon, which encircles the waist to tie in front. The long collar falls softly over a center panel, or vestee, forming a deep rectangular neckline. Tiny buttons close the blouse on the left side. Long set-in sleeves gather into wide turned- back cuffs. Folkwear maintains the traditional curved hemline that is slightly shorter in back.
View A is made of plain fabric; a soft cotton print would be lovely. View B is trimmed with lace at the edges of the collar, cuffs, and vestee, which is may also be decorated with narrow tucks. Handwork notes inside the pattern cover include optional drawn-thread work and designs and instructions. You may make it as simple or elaborate as you like.
This is the paper pattern version. This pattern is now also available as a PDF downloadable pattern. For the PDF version, go here.
Suggested fabrics: Lightweight fabrics such as gauze, batiste, voile, georgette, or other light cottons; silk, rayon, or blends.
Era: Edwardian, 1910s
Learn more about this pattern, from the history of the blouse style to a simplified, pullover version we love, here on our blog.