Cut-Outs In A Slip-Over Blouse

This late spring I’m working on making my nieces matching 1930s inspired dresses. I don’t have nearly enough of my chosen fabric to make myself something from the era in the same fabric, but I still wanted to make something from the time for myself. After spending way to many weeks working on a drapey blouse I decided to do something else.
A fair amount of time on Pinterest later I decided to make this Nifty Slip-Over Blouse that Sewing Vintage shared. Down in the comments on that post there was a question about how to do the slits in the blouse, so having now finished the body of the blouse I thought I’d share my method.

Having attached my facing I drew on a straight line to cut along.

Which I promptly cut along. I started the cut by pinning the facing in half, so that I knew the two end points were together and snipping a hole through both layers.

Next comes a step that calls for even more courage. Because the shape I chose was curved I found that it was necessary to clip the curves in order to turn it right side out.

Once you’ve completed the clipping it is a simple matter of turning it right side out. I chose to have the facing be completely on the inside as it was a single fabric and the body of my blouse is a bit pieced. I also felt this was more like how the picture appears, but I don’t suppose it really matters more than your personal taste.

Next I top stitched around the slits to both keep the facing on the inside of the garment and to help prevent potential pullout and fraying at the corners. If you managed to put all of your pins going the same way around the slit I recommend sewing from point to head to avoid frustrations.

It is also unnecessary to switch thread colors when switching onto a different color, but it is also a really neat detail. And there you have a mostly completed slit. Just finish the top stitching threads in your preferred manner and simply repeat the steps with the other cut out.

Author: Esther Jackson

I am a young United States citizen. I've been mostly home schooled. I have no plans to go to college or university, but I plan to never stop learning. I'm the second youngest of seven. I love to teach. I feel called to design and sew modest clothes. I adore reading and chatting about books

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