This beautiful vintage blouse has shiny gold embroidery all over it. The embroidery is in the form of a rope and tassel motif, which makes me think of the theatre, though they could just as easily be curtain tie-backs I suppose. The label says ‘Opera’ so I suppose it could have been worn to the Opera at some point! The gold thread is actually quite glittery, very eye catching. The colour of the fabric is a strong cream, definitely not white. It’s polyester, but quite heavy so it drapes well.
I bought this in the Scope Shop in Lewisham. They were having a sale when I was there, so I got it for half price, £2.25. That’s less than the price of a takeaway coffee, folks. A definite bargain.
It’s UK size 12 and although it’s loose on me, it’s a perfectly acceptable size. The only thing I did to it was to remove the shoulder pads.
I wore this with… what else, more GOLD. I made a gold pencil skirt out of some synthetic leatherette I bought on Berwick Street on a Spoolette outing a few weeks ago. I only bought half a metre to make my skirt, and thankfully it was just enough. I used my pencil skirt block in its simplest form, with two darts at the front and back and a back slit (no vent). Working with leatherette was a little different, but it was a fun challenge. I sewed the darts and side/back seams with an ordinary number 90 needle. For the hem and waistline, and the back slit, I used superglue to stick the seam allowances down. THAT was a lot of fun. I actually used contact adhesive, spreading it with a matchstick. It stuck nicely and gave me a nice clean finish, especially around the centre back, so there wasn’t any need to topstitch (which would have been really visible).
I had a lovely evening out in this blouse at Coq D’Argent in the city recently.
Want to see how it would have looked in silver? Oh go on then…..