Hark the Herald Angels Sing!





To all my readers, subscribers and visitors to this blog,

Thank you for your support and interest in RetroGlam.

My prayer is for you all to have greater inspiration, creativity and artistic expression in the New Year.  May there be joy in something you do each day.

With best wishes for a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year!

EmilyAnn Frances May


Victorian Angel-Public Domain Image
Courtesy of The Graphic Fairy







Retro Glam Secretary Blouse-Finished at last!


2015 has been such a busy year for me.  I never thought I would successfully finish Version 2 of the Secretary Blouse.  But it’s now completed and I’m happy to share the results along with a few details.  This vintage pattern envelope illustration served as the inspiration.   I provide complete instructions for the Retro Glam Secretary Blouse  through a series of step by step instructions.


The beautiful simplicity of this style works well with a solid color fashion fabric.  Version 1 was made with a silky poly print fabric.  The work on the tucks and the bow got lost in the busy print.  This time the lovely drape of the bias cut pussy cat bow is visible.  This fabric is a poly crepe called “Whipped Cream.”  It was very easy to work with and is very soft.


The dart tucks are also noticeable.  They serve to control the fullness below the waistline so that the fabric will not be so bunchy when tucked into a sheath skirt.  In some ways vintage blouses use darts or dart tucks to control fullness in a way similar to the use of a blouse yoke.

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