Vogue Patterns 8009: an easy to make overblouse

The pattern is Vogue 8009, an “Easy-To-Make” overblouse, from 1954. 

This actually was easy to make, despite….

See what’s going on there? The pattern is unprinted. 

Each pattern piece is precut, but the only information on any given piece is one word of perforated text announcing its name, some notches, and round or square holes marking areas of interest, like oh say bust darts I didn’t even know about.

Why didn’t I know about the darts? Why didn’t I just check the instruction page? Because the instruction sheet is missing from my copy. Hahahahhahaha. So it was a double whammy of using an unprinted pattern for the first time ever, and having no instructions. But this overblouse thing is a simple shape, and it’s not like there are multiple sizes or style options to confuse things, so it was all fine. 

This annoyed me though: 


The front neckline, clearly marked FRONT, has double notches. A double notch is how we show the back of something. Don’t do that to me, Vogue. 

Those holes at the bottom left of the photo are representing the bust dart, and the square hole is the sleeve attachment. What, how did I miss that dart, that’s not confusing at all. 

I used this great but weird felt stuff to make the overblouse. 


I’ve had this stuff since 2002 or so, original plan was to make a corset/bodice type thing, because the stitching for the bone channels would sink into the felt and look all structural and interesting, plus it would be fuzzy and soft, but still be a corset, and that would be neat, but after having no interest in actually wearing such a thing anytime in the past fifteen years, I’m fine with this ridiculous sweater thing instead. 

That’s how it’s referred to around the house. “Your ridiculous sweater thing.” 


It’s super warm, fuzzy, cozy, and it really is ridiculous. It sticks out like a bell. It’s too bulky to fit under any of my coats. I’m interested to see if it’ll survive the washing machine. 

Sew It or Throw It:

Sew It! I love this crazy thing! 

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25 thoughts on “Vogue Patterns 8009: an easy to make overblouse

    1. I agree, it does look sixties. That high, wide collar. I think the brooch and the fabric choice push the look into the sixties too, the texture brings bouclé woollens and flip hairdos and gloves and pillbox hats to mind. My mind at least! Glad you like it.

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  1. Love. So much that I’m saying it again even though I’ve said it on Instagram already. I’d wear this to work in this frozen hell that we’re having right now. With the pants I’m finishing right now (that’s right: I risked it! pants!). I hope it holds up well through the washes. I’ll be on the lookout for a similar pattern :-)

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    1. Yay pants!
      I hope you find it or similar, I think in a softer, less insane fabric (one that could actually fit under a winter coat for example) this would be a very useful warm layer. Denim, velveteen, and flannel are all suggested as Suitable Fabrics. (I know right? Denim, how modern) Seems like a nice thick sweatshirt fleece would be great too. Ooh, or chenille! And then there’s gingham and seersucker on the Suitable Fabrics list too, for your summer look.

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  2. I love this! Would totally make a modern version of this for myself. Those pockets kind of look like you’d have to break your wrists to use them, though . . . .

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  3. I love it, but I also have a bit of a fascination for the overblouse. its like a ‘lady like’ sweater, and really it has pockets! it would pair well with high waisted pants.

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    1. It would be so great with high waisted pants, yes! And especially great with the 24 inch waist this pattern is designed for, haha.
      I forgot to mention, this is a size 12, whereas a vintage size 14 or 16 is what I go for in tops. Instead of sizing up with this big boxy shape though, I just stitched it at 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of 5/8. This helps keep the proportions close enough to the original to suit me, but it’s fun to imagine how dramatic this would be on an actual vintage 10. In high waisted pants. Drama!

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    1. It wasn’t too late! I discovered the dart when I was pinning the sleeves on flat, there’s was a weird little jog outward in the side seam that I thought had something to do with the sleeve, but then it turned out it didn’t, and I was wondering what the heck it was and then was like wiatwaitwaitaminute and then grabbed the envelope and stared at it and sure enough, darts. Thank goodness the illustrator included it. I mean, I think they have too, that’s like the job, but I’m really glad it wasn’t an arty or vague illustration since that’s all I had to go by.

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  4. I am always amused by Vogue’s resistance to (or inability to produce?) printed patterns until so late (relatively) in the game; McCall had printed patterns in the very late 20’s and early 30’s! And Simplicity had printed patterns during the era of V8009 for sure. I really would love to know why there was such a lag at Vogue!

    I don’t mind the unprinted patterns but what bugs me is the pin damage (always *near* the Very Important Markings) combined with the way the tissue ages: it can sometimes be hard to know which dot is really the right one! Bonus frustration points are awarded if they have torn and merged into one enormous hole; in those cases I just mark the center of the hole and cross my fingers! ;-)

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    1. I’m curious about what was going on at Vogue too. There’s a book about the history of commercial patterns that I am going to Check Right Out as soon as it pops up in my public library’s ebook collection.
      There, I just looked it up again, it’s called A History of the Paper Pattern Industry, written by Joy Spanabel Emery.
      But yeah, you’re totally right, I just used a Simplicity pattern from 1949 that was printed. I notice this Vogue pattern is copyright to Condé Nast, which means this was printed when Vogue Patterns was still part of Vogue Magazine, and I wonder if that has to do with it, that, like, the magazine was the primary focus, pattern technology wasn’t a worthy pursuit for Condé Nast.
      I also wonder if it was a little bit of snobbery. Like, We Are Vogue, we aren’t going to spell it out for you! Or like Vogue readers kick so much ass at fashion and couture that they don’t even need lines. And then all the seamstresses at home were like, ok but lines please?
      Someday I’ll read that book and all will be revealed.
      Yeah the pin damage would drive me nuts. I think this copy was unused, and my fabric was so thick that I used weights instead of pins, so luckily all the square holes and circle holes were there. I wonder if ladies at home would draw their own lines on the patterns? I haven’t come across any home-drawn lines in the older patterns I’ve used so far, but that’s what I would do for sure.

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      1. I’ve read that book and it seems one of the other pattern companies had a patent on the fully printed pattern for a log time. McCalls I think, so must have been before they bought Vogue.

        Love your top…I have a vaguely similar one made from a Burda mag and I wear it loads. Mine has no pockets, sadly.

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  5. I love this! I am mildly obsessed with this kind of top because I love how it looks in illustrations but I think I would look not great in it but also I can’t work out how it would be practical. Which maybe is the point? Anyway I have always wondered what the name of such a garment would be and now I have two options: ‘Overblouse’ or ‘ridiculous sweater thing’. Excellent.

    I did make cat’s bum mouth at the double notches. C’mon! That’s how I mark my darts though – my awl is my new fave sewing tool.

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    1. You know, it just occurred to me that this overblouse has almost the exact same proportions as those hilarious terrible cropped cut-off sweatshirts that men wore in the 1980’s. Hahahahhaha! Terrible!
      I’m pretty sure we’ve lost the word Overblouse. I’ve never heard it used other than for vintage patterns. The word Blouse seems like it’s on the way out too though, come to think of it.
      Forsooth, pass me my wimple, I must needs go shopping for yon new blouse.

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