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Plus Size Smooth Sailing Arrow Blouse from Wearing History

Friday, January 15, 2016

plus size 1940s fashion arrow print novelty blouse from Wearing History via Va Voom Vintage

My neighborhood is, without a doubt, one of the coolest areas in the entire state of Missouri. It was the state's first capital, site of the beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition and is currently a beautiful historic site on the Missouri river. Main street is where it's at! There's old buildings, which house little gift shops, specialty shops and restaurants and a few bed and breakfasts. In the summer, there are horse drawn carriages, festivals on weekends and live music, food trucks and Shakespeare plays in the park by the river. There's always a photo opportunity. It's only a few blocks from my doorstep, which sits on the sleepy, non-touristy side of the Historic district but we don't venture down to Main Street as often as we really should. I hope to remedy that situation this year, starting today. With all of the cute doors, old brick and beautiful scenery, it is a fashion blogger's dream. Why hang around my silly porch when this is just a few minutes away?

plus size 1940s fashion arrow print novelty blouse from Wearing History via Va Voom Vintage

Pj was home from work so the boys and I went for a little walk this morning, before Olivia got home from school. The air was a bit chilly from the morning rain but the sun came out long enough for our walk. The shops hadn't opened yet and the area was quiet so we had the beautiful cobblestones all to ourselves, for the most part.

plus size 1940s fashion arrow print novelty blouse from Wearing History via Va Voom Vintage

I wore a little navy 70s skirt, my favorite 40s rayon jacket and a new blouse from Wearing History. This is the new Smooth Sailing blouse from her popular Smooth Sailing sewing pattern pack in adorable arrow print. The plus size version of this blouse is a little different from the sewing pattern. It was drafted specifically for plus sized figures and has a bust dart for perfect plus size fit, which the misses size doesn't have.  Lauren has such an eye for detail so it also has vintage old store stock buttons in cherry red. This blouse goes up to a 2x (46-48 inch bust) but I was worried about button-gap so I almost went one size up. Lauren suggested going with the 1x since it has quite a bit of built in ease and I have a 44 inch bust and I'm glad I went with her advice because it fits perfectly!


plus size 1940s fashion arrow print novelty blouse from Wearing History via Va Voom Vintage


The 1940s jacket was pulled from the bottom of a dark, dusty warehouse in St Louis but after a nice bath and a few small repairs, it was good as new!

If the weather is decent, we'll definitely go back to Main Street this weekend and maybe head over to the sweet shop for some treats! Do you have any special spots close to home?

plus size 1940s fashion arrow print novelty blouse from Wearing History via Va Voom Vintage


Outfit
1940s swing jacket- warehouse sale
arrow print blouse- c/o Wearing History
skirt- thrifted
shoes- Miss Albright via Ebay





9 Responses to “Plus Size Smooth Sailing Arrow Blouse from Wearing History”

  1. Brb, coming to visit you! The blouse looks absolutely lovely on you, I adore how you styled it!!
    My two favorite places to be in my city are Balboa Park, and Old Town.

    Carla, TinyAngryCrafts

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  2. You are positively killing it in that outfit! The shirt really is well done. Too bad all ready-to-wear isn't so carefully crafted.

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    1. Oh I know! Lauren is extremely particular about her garments, not only in that they're very well made but she's very careful that everything is period correct, down to the last detail. I've gotten to know her and I love seeing her process and learning about how clothing is manufactured. Very fascinating!

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  3. You look amazing! Those colors work so well on you. Also I'm in love with your shoes, they are fabulous!

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  4. Lovely outfit, it really suits you. x

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  5. You look absolutly GORGEOUS!!!!
    Navy blue is a perfect color for you.
    What a nice neighborhood!

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  6. When I was a child I lived in St. Louis. We lived in a trailer park, poor, surrounded by a lot of violence. My Mum would take us to Main Street, and I loved it. Everything. Backk in the seventies, no cars were allowed on the street, and I pretended I was in a different time.
    I love your blog for many reasons. I am a vintage, plus size woman, bald, (I have alopecia), but just as beautiful as anyone who is a size zero.
    I moved to Australia for 10 years, where I am originally from, and came back. My Mum worked on Main Street in a button shop, and I would spend hours hanging out there while she worked. You and your family are very lucky.
    In every city I live in, I seek out the historic and have a better understanding of the place that I am living. Now I live in a town on Lake Erie, and love it more than the locals do. Erie PA. Bootleggers, rumrunners, and the Underground Railroad. An elaborate underground tunnel system and filled with art and music.
    Anyway, thanks for all the photos, stories and fashion!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your stories! I was born in 85 so that time of main street was before me! I was just saying to my husband how I wonder why they allow cars down the street. We went on our honeymoon in St Augustine, FL and they don't allow cars on their historic streets but I guess parking would be a mess if they didn't! Main street has changed a lot, in that many businesses have come and gone but there's new ones opening all the time and its still just as beautiful as ever! The park flooded really badly this month but it looks like it's going to recover just fine. Lake Erie must be absolutely beautiful! We visited Chicago last fall and I got to see Lake Michigan for the first time and it was amazing. I hope I get to go further into the Great Lakes someday. My husband visited PA as a teenager and loved all of the museums, great restaurants and history!

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  7. This is such a classic, beautiful outfit. I making suits out of separates like this, too - and interestingly, tend to do it most often when I travel.

    ♥ Jessica

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