Monday, 5 April 2010

1930s silk blouse

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I am back in the city after a bit of camping out in Wilsons Prom, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. It was beautiful out there, but I am glad to be back home. After a couple of days of tough, sturdy clothes, I wore my most fragile garment: a vintage (1930s) silk blouse. It's all fine until I move that bit too much, and then vrrrrrp – a sleeve seam tears. I think I might just have to remove the sleeves completely if I want to wear this without getting holes every time. I love the details on it; the tiny pleats at the front, the little collar, and the buttons up the back... and the soft peach colour.

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43 comments:

Geek Girl said...

What a shame about it the damages. Some items are as delicate as they are lovely. and it is a lovely piece.

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Hello,
It is a shame it is so fragile but lucky for the top it has you to look after it. What a romantic colour! xx

Kim said...

Its a beautiful top! :)

You seem as hooked as I am on socks with heels this season! :D

heleen said...

This looks extremely delicate indeed! Ethereal, almost.

Debi said...

Wow! Love the blouse! What great details!!

Sleekit said...

Camping is a past time I am yet to muster, with such beautiful countryside I should give it a go, but yes nice to get back to your creature comforts and fragile but oh so pretty garments.

Hope you had a good easter

Sleekit x

Angela See, Angela Blog said...

That looks so gorgeous!

XXASAB

Anniina said...

It's so cute! Such a shame that its condition isn't good, really. :(

Esz said...

Omg that skirt!! So pretty! And the blouse too of course. So annoying that they are so fragile isn't it? I bought a great vintage blouse and it only took one wear before 3 buttons fell off. I still have them somewhere but haven't got round to sewing them back on yet.

cclarebear said...

oh please don't remove the sleeves. it's beautiful just the way it is...

Danielle said...

Your outfit is gorgeous. Can't believe how fragile the material is. You wear it delicately and with love. I'd like to see the face of the person who once owned it. They'd be thrilled to see it worn now. I am fascinated with history. I love seeing things worn and bought to life again :)

Justice Pirate said...

What lovely photos and I adore the outfit so dearly.

darlingdee said...

The skirt colour is amazing.

You look fabulous. The blouse is just divine.

xx
DD

Fashion Nerd said...

What a gorgeous blouse! It's such a same about the sleeves. I used to have a 60's shirt that would do something similar.

Clare said...

Wow this is so beautiful! I have so many fragile clothes I'm too scared to wear. I hope you don't have to get rid of the sleeves, but I'm sure it will still look amazing.

Rosie said...

Taht is such a gorgeous blouse! I love it with that plum pencil skirt!

Miss Lottie Lou said...

So beautiful :)
Lottie x

ms Givens said...

You have great skin!

sueper said...

cute blouse but I especially adore the shoes

Emily Kennedy said...

The detailing is so truly incredible!

BaronessVonVintage said...

beautiful blouse! Those darn narrow shoulders on the 30s and earlier garments!!

Kate said...

I love peach-colored blouses, and this one takes the cake!

Lore. said...

nice top

http://loresfashion.blogspot.com

Joanie Coyote said...

Such a pretty blouse. And I love it with the sleeves. You could get a piece of fabric that matches (even if you have to tea dye it) and make a little gusset at the bottom of the armseye. That might give you enough extra room. Anyway, it really is lovely.

Harriet said...

It's so beautiful, such a shame it's so delicate, I hope you do manage to wear it without it breaking too much.

Betty2Tone said...

I really envy your shoe collection :D Especially all the mary jane/t-strap versions

http://betty2tone.blogspot.com/

Jenni said...

That's such a sweet top. I love how you styled it. I had a dress like that once--any time turned around, I had a hole in my armpit. :D I had the sleeves removed and we lived happily ever after. :D

NiftyThriftyBeth said...

It's a really beautiful blouse.

Mousevox Vintage said...

I love the pintuck pleating at the chest. Such a perfect and pretty detail. xo.

idée_géniale said...

It really is a beautiful top! You know, most of my vintage blouses that button up in the back seem to have that delicateness to them. I find myself trying to not move too much for fear of a back seam ripping. Maybe it has something to do with the back closures?

Le Tasché said...

What for a a beautiful margenta colour this skirt has and I am more and more impressed how great socks with heels work. Lovely!

sarah louise said...

I am sososososo jealous of that blouse, and I really adore how you styled it, too. I love the maroon and peach!

Sarah Louise
http://www.tzipporit.blogspot.com

Mosquito Head Madchen said...

Hello there!! i'm Georgina and I've just started this new blog today... I've been reading you for a while since I found your blog while looking for playsuits, hope you don't mind my silence during my readings!!
Now that I have this blog I'm going to officially follow you and be able to leave comments on your wonderful outfits...
kisses!!

Mel said...

That blouse is gorgeous, and I love your skirt!

Kristina Karenina said...

This blouse was made for you! Imagine that, decades and decades past and here it's on you. Perfection. Beautiful color.

beautifulnemo said...

That colour suits you a lot!
Beautiful
:)

Pretty Little Pictures said...

Hello lovely Esme - I have arrived in this fine country of yours :) I love that blouse, its so beautiful, such a pity its so delicate.

Rebecca said...

I've followed your blog for a little while and thought I'd stop and say hi. I adore 1930s blouses, I have a couple that I am generally too afraid to wear, they hang decoratively on my wall instead. The pintucking on yours is just lovely though.

esme and the lane way said...

Thank you all so much for your comments – I really do appreciate them :) I have been on a mini holiday for a few days, but I am back now and will be visiting your blogs now. x

And thanks for the tips – I don't want to remove the sleeves, but we will see what happens...

Joanie Coyote: good idea, but the problem with this one is the thread rips out. I noticed I atually did rip the silk (and not just the thread out of the seam sewing holes) the other day :< so sewing anything on will still probably tear off. Grrr.

Sarah said...

Such a beautiful blouse- looks great! and i love the shoes and socks- adorable! xx

Joanie Coyote said...

Bummer, Esme. This blouse is a seductive yet cruel mistress. Just how I want to be. Ha.

Nicky said...

Wow, the 30's blouse and the purple skirt are absolutely lovely! Glad I stumbled across your blog!

chaza said...

please tell me where you got this blouse i need somthing like that for my show
please tell me on my fb thank u
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001109863896#!/profile.php?id=725303017

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