Yesteryear’s Sweet Blouse into 2010 Sexy

10 Jun

In New York, a city that is famed for paving over the old to make way for the new, would you believe that a style from 80 years ago would still turn heads as being “fashion-forward?”

Photos By Christopher Doherty & Sewing by Erin McKemey

I am in love … with this blouse! The fabric I inherited by way of my stepmother who was “material purging” her closets, and the pattern I acquired from a vendor selling vintage patterns. This is indeed an authentic style worn during the 1930s, although the fabric’s print is a modern, fun nod to the past.

Seamstress & old family friend, Erin McKemey, did the actual sewing of this 1930s blouse for me, since it's smocking at the shoulders and other details are beyond my sewing prowess!

The billowy sleeves, form fitting bodice, ascot-style ruffled-neckline with a keyhole accent and bow — everything about it accentuates the beauty and elegance of a lady. Indeed, it is a bold statement to be made in this day and era where sexy is spelled in terms of skin shown and cleavage heaved.

So, I decided to take this blouse in that direction … while it could be paired into a “sweet” and “innocent” look … I wanted to show off it’s sexy boldness to say: yesteryear’s soft femininity is nothing to poo-poo by wearing a modern, fitted black skirt, modern black  heels and a pair of bold, sexy tights.

And, of course, no bold statement is complete without a hat … This beautiful felt number is from the 1950s/early 1960s (previously worn by my great-grandmother!). Its brim is actually more of a cropped cloche style, but I decided this outfit needed more flair, so I curled and pointed the brim into a nearly Victorian-looking riding habit style of hat.

How Much is ‘Sweet Yesteryear Turned Sexy 2010’?


$0 Black 1950s/early 1960s hat (inherited)
$0 Black NY&Co. Skirt (hand-me-down)
$10 Black Designer Fishnet Tights (online vendor)
$30 Black Leather Kitten-Heels (Marshalls)
$50 1930s Blouse (pattern & seamstress costs)

(So) What’s the Take-Away?

A style from 80 years ago can still be current!

Wearing what you love makes you happy, and ultimately makes you more attractive and sexy … so don’t be afraid to dig into your grandmother’s closet to pull out “old” hats or raid your mother’s sewing room for forgotten patterns. Doing so will reveal hidden treasures and give you more unique options in taking what you already have in your wardrobe to spice it up and in a way that’s thrifty, vintage and chic!


7 Responses to “Yesteryear’s Sweet Blouse into 2010 Sexy”

  1. Rose Casanova June 11, 2010 at 1:53 PM #

    love the shirt with the tights. Very unexpected.


    • robinesque June 12, 2010 at 5:10 PM #

      Thanks, Rose! Glad you love the combo!! 🙂


  2. Ms. Single Mama June 12, 2010 at 10:55 AM #

    LOVE it… so are you selling them?? Because I’d be first in line.


    • robinesque June 12, 2010 at 5:09 PM #

      Not yet … but that will be a direction I am heading hopefully in the not too distant future — and sooner if interest bulges!


  3. annie q. syed June 13, 2010 at 2:26 PM #

    love the tights, robin.

    not sure about the flappy collars but i love the print and the rest of the style of the shirt.


  4. Heather June 16, 2010 at 3:28 PM #

    I hate you, and I love you. You look good in everything, dammit! But thanks for the style ideas!


  5. Jillian Brall August 21, 2010 at 9:30 AM #

    I my gosh I LOOOOOOOVe that shirt!!!


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