Why do I love them? Let me count the ways!
- Rayon and silk, so luxurious and flattering though not clingy (look at the drape of those sleeves!)
- Back yokes and gathers, such an elegant way to add a little room in the back
- Super feminine details like ruffles, pintucks nifty pockets and the like take on the masculine shirt
- Fabulous ruching, gathering, shoulder yokes and all kinds of details that say: 'Darts? How pedestrian!'
- Side zippers, ok not exclusive to the 1940s, but still great - no chance of popping a button or pulling across the chest
The number one reason I love 1940s blouse is - the waist tucks!
Like upside down pleats that come up from the hem to the waistline, they shape the bottom of the shirt to your hips and release that fabric at the waist, so that it 'blouses' out by itself. When you tuck it in, there's no messing with getting even gathers around your waist. And no re-tucking required every time you go to the bathroom. It's just so neat and makes so much sense - why did we ever give up the tucks?
I'm currently sewing Simplicity's repro 40s blouse pattern 1692. The model on the front is wearing hers untucked, poor darling is unaware of the radical benefits of tucking in a 'tucked' blouse!