We've named the Martha blouse after Shona's great grandmother, a real adventurer, who followed her children out to New Zealand after her husband retired. Now that is some trip to make later in life. We think the Martha set is all about adventuring, even if it is a bit more urban than a pilgrimage on a sailing ship.
The fabric is 100% viscose (AKA Rayon) and as such is very true to the styles vintage origins. However it does come with a warning in that all viscose will shrink 1-2% when washed. With ironing you can recover it to its original width, but the length doesn’t revert back to the original measurement. The manufacturer recommends dry cleaning for this reason but we prefer to wash on a cool setting (30 degrees is ok) and accept the small shrinkage. You cannot put it in the dryer, not even for a little bit, as it will not iron out again! The shrinkage will be permanent!
This style of blouse, with the strong pointed collar and darted shoulders shows up in sewing patterns from 1941 - 1946. The collar itself lived on a little longer, still appearing at the start of the New Look era.
Vintage credentials and other points to note:
Inspired from a vintage pattern (we have modernised the fit and the construction but not the style)
Classic curved and pointed 40s collar
Small darts sewn into the top of the sleeve
Suitable for war-time renactors
Pearl effect matching buttons
Machine washable @ 30 degrees
Fabric and components all purchased in the UK
Manufactured in the UK
Your blouse will need ironing after washing, but it irons very easily. If it has been folded in a case then creases do drop out if you leave it to hang for a while100% viscose
Machine Washable @ 30 degrees
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