40s Fashion Calendar February: Make a blouse and turban


Where has February gone? I swear, it was just Valentine's Day and now it's almost March! Before we begin a new month, I wanted to share this month's projects for our 40s Fashion Calendar.

For those who are new, the 40s Fashion Calendar Challenge includes monthly projects and a very basic starter wardrobe. By the end of this year, we will put together 12 1940s outfits using staple pieces and a few special accessories that we make ourselves.

Getting started with the 40s Fashion Calendar Challenge
January- make a corsage for your winter coat and handbag

This month, we'll make a simple 40s blouse and a matching turban. You can wear this blouse with the skirt from your suit staple or if your closet is more varied, pair it with trousers. This summer, it'll be an adorable addition to shorts or overalls and you can wear your turban any time.

I used a bright cotton print from Joanne Fabrics and Simplicity blouse #1692 view D. This blouse is a simple shape with no sleeves or button holes, great for a beginner. The blouse gets its shape with pleats and tucks under the bust and at the lower back and it has a loop and button closure at the shoulder, which could be very cute and nautical in red, white and blue combinations.

The turban is made from Wearing History's turban pattern. Instead of wrapping and tying a scarf, it's all sewn in place and ready to slip on any time. I love the over-sized bow and gather details. If you prefer a more understated turban, try Wearing History's other turban pattern, in this same pack. The fedora pattern in this set would be a perfect hat for your 40s fashion calendar staple hat, which calls for a hat with a brim. I was going to use a hat in my stash but this one is so fabulous, I think I will have to get some felt and make it for myself!

Wearing History Coupon: Lauren from Wearing History is providing a coupon for Va-Voom Vintage readers- save 15 % off the 40s hat wardrobe pattern with code "40sFeb"


  1. Totally love everything about this. I'm going to have to get the pattern.

  2. Those colours set your features off perfectly, you look beautiful!

  3. This is so cute! The blouse is similar to another 40s blouse pattern I use a lot--it is so versatile and easy to make! I converted mine to a button down because I love buttons, but the pop-over version is so fast! I love that fabric (and confess that I immediately stalked the website to find it, but alas, must be a local store item)

  4. Adorable..Love the fabric..Great with the navy skirt.

  5. Oh my goodness, that turban is so adorable! It looks so sweet with the matching blouse :) Thanks for the code, I definitely plan to snatch that pattern up!


  6. I love both the blouse and turban!! It's funny, I just made this same blouse today! Isn't it such a fun, easy pattern?!!
    It looks lovely on you!! :-)

  7. Pincurl set underneath that turban?!! :)

  8. Somehow I missed your other posts about your 40's fashion calender, but now that I've seen it, I'm going to play/sew along! Not sure if a turban will look as good on me as it does on you, but we'll see!

  9. How thoroughly fantastic! I love the fabric that you used for this set. It's fun, cheerful and very cute.

    ♥ Jessica

  10. Finally got around to completing this part of the challenge ~ only two months behind... Oh well! I got there in the end. :D

    bonita of Lavender & Twill


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