I have lace blouse envy. My Instagram seems to be full of lovely white lace, Victorian styled blouses at the moment, of which my wardrobe is bereft.
Below is my round-up of what’s available on the high street and online at the moment along with a couple of sewing pattern suggestions. I can’t help remembering the white, pie crust collared, pin-tucked, blouses both my mum and I had in the 80s, mine was from Tammy Girl.
If I get around to sewing a lace blouse I’ll be wearing mine with jeans and my leather jacket.
This lovely thing was hanging right by the door of my local Monsoon as I walked in, so it had to be tried on.
The 8 was a good fit for me, which suggests that Monsoon runs a little large as I’m now a 10 in most other shops.
You’ll need a camisole under this one unless you want to show your bra or nips – whatever you feel!
And here’s me trying on the lovely Monsoon number.
I’ve cropped out a very unflattering large forehead shine, you’re welcome.
Sadly the mirror in Monsoon did not make me want to buy this top. As darling as it is, I wasn’t convinced by the position of the frill across my bust. But that’s just me, you might adore it and yourself in it. I hope so.
Not technically a lace blouse but it has the frilly collar, pin tuck detail, frilly cuffs and cute floral embroidery so it’s still ticking all those Victorian style boxes.
This Whistles number is at House of Fraser and is a little more streamlined and pared back with fewer ruffles and flounces. Good for you if you prefer a simpler, less fussy look.
New Look come up trumps in style and price. A more casual and less fussy interpretation of the trend making it perhaps, one of the more wareable pieces I’ve chosen.
Do click through on the link because the blouse shows much better on the model than the image I’ve chosen here.
For those of us that like to sew I had a look at the current catalogues of the larger pattern houses, and I have to say I was disappointed. There wasn’t anything that I could find in Mccalls, Butterick, Vogue or KwikSew that picked up on the Victorian blouse trend.
My luck was in with Burda and Simplicity.
Version B of this Burda pattern (the one in the middle) would be great for playing with panelling and contrasting laces to create a fancy look such as the first Monsoon top.
Although there isn’t much by way of the pin-tucks and frills on this blouse, I’ve included it because it shows how you can use lace as an insert and it has the gathered bell sleeves which is also a big trend still this autumn.
The pattern includes a sleeve and tie variations which are both trends that have carried on into the winter.
I hope I’ve satisfied your Victoriana and white lace blouse inspired cravings, I think I’ve just given myself far too much choice!