I recreated this pretty 1920s beaded silk blouse for the Historical Sew Monthly challenge 1. I admired the blouse for a long time, but wasn’t sure if I should recreate it, so it’s perfect for the challenge ‘procrastination’.
I didn’t want the blouse in green and didn’t like just beaded leaves. Here I saw a pretty 1920s beaded blouse with flowers, so I thought I’d replace some of the leaves with flowers.
As I had suitable white habutai silk in my stash and I like mint green and pink, I thought I’d use mint green beads for the leaves and pink for the flowers.
I drew different designs with Paint to decide which I liked best. Below is the final design.
I made my own blouse pattern, hoping that the finished blouse would be similar to the 1920s blouse.
I cut out the leaf shapes at the neckline and finished the neck with self-fabric bias binding.
I guess the cutwork would’ve been finished with a picot hem in the 1920s, but as I have no hemstitching machine, I just zigzagged it.
I finished the scalloped sleeves with an imitation picot hem.
I beaded the blouse freehand (I didn’t draw the design prior to beading).
I just pressed a crease down the center of the blouse so that the middle stems would be on a straight line.
I wanted to add the beaded cutwork at the bottom of the blouse, but sadly there was no space left because my blouse is gathered differently than the 1920s model.
At the back, the blouse is just beaded at the neck, sleeves and hem. As the back of the original 1920s blouse isn’t photographed, I could just guess how much beadwork there’d be. But 1920s blouses are often just beaded at the front except for the neck, sleeves and hem.
The lady’s smock and cherry trees were in full bloom, and I think they’re a perfect backdrop for the floral blouse. 🙂
I’m wearing the blouse with my 1920s pink pleated rayon skirt.
And as the blouse is very sheer I’m wearing my 1920s pink slip underneath.
Challenge: 1 – procrastination
Fabric: off-white 100% silk fabric
Pattern: my own
Notions: seed beads in mint green and pink
How historically accurate is it? Accurate
Hours to complete: 3:45 h sewing time, 10:25 h for the beading
First worn: some days ago
Total cost: none, as I had everything in my stash
8 thoughts on “1920s Floral Beaded Silk Blouse – Historical Sew Monthly”
That’s amazing, so much work and SO worth it. You have made something really lovely. I’m so impressed with all that beading!
Thank you! 😀 The beading took much less time than I’d expected.
Your beaded blouse is soooo beautiful. Thanks for sharing the inspiration for it and how you went about creating it!
I haven’t embroidered on clothing in a long time. I may have to see if I can incorporate some in my next clothing project. 🙂
And thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!
Beaded clothes are so beautiful. 🙂 I’d love to see your next beaded clothing project.
However, because most of the beads are at the front (adding weight), the blouse doesn’t hang well. I don’t know yet how to fix that.
I can’t believe you made that. It is so pretty and so special with the beading. You are one talented lady! Pinning!
Thank you 🙂
Your blouse is absolutely gorgeous. You did a fantastic job of creating it making it all the more special. Thank you for sharing your blouse at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party! I am featuring you at the Snickerdoodle party tomorrow.
Thanks for featuring me! 😀