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Date: 7/17/04 7:02 PM

I hope this is not a stupid question,
I would like to know, what is the difference between a blouse and a shirt? To me a blouse is a shirt.  Is a blouse a dressy shirt?  When shopping for patterns, the tab says: shirts and blouses.
I have been asked this question and I am confused.  Thanks

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Date: 7/17/04 9:31 PM

dunno know if this is right or not,,, but i was told a "blouse" is a top with buttons or something dressy, and, a "shirt" is a t-shirt or something casual......

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Date: 7/18/04 5:56 AM

In the Netherlands we call a blouse a shirt for ladies and a shirt is a blouse for men.

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Date: 7/18/04 6:34 AM

I don't know the precise definition either, Marie.  I think it's a good question.

If a style is tailored like a man's shirt, I call it a shirt.  If it has "Female" written all over it - round collar or ruffles or darts, I call it a blouse.

Not much help, am I? ;)

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Date: 7/18/04 10:47 AM

According to Dictionary.com:

Blouse: A woman's or child's loosely fitting shirt that extends to the waist or slightly below.

Shirt: A garment for the upper part of the body, typically having a collar, sleeves, and a front opening.

Hence I believe shirts are more tailored, closer fitting.  A blouse is looser more feminine.  Thus, the term blousy.

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Date: 7/18/04 11:54 AM

Thank you, everyone.

All of your answers have helped alot.  :D

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Date: 7/18/04 12:03 PM

I believe the difference lies in the construction details.   A shirt generally has a two piece collar and fold over facing for the buttonholes and button area.  There may be a back yoke and the sleeves, if long, have a placket and cuff. The shirt is tailored, whether for a man or woman, according to traditional men's tairloring techniques.  There is topstitching involved.

A blouse will have a facing that extends into the shoulders, a one piece collar, no yoke and often a sleeve that is gathered or pleated into the cuff.  No topstitiching except for decorative effect.  

There are of course deviations due to design.

At least that's what I've been thought in tailoring.  :D

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Date: 7/21/04 11:53 AM

Here's a totally trivial tidbit - my dad used to say that the dark blue jacket of his USMC dress uniform is supposedly called a "blouse".

.....he could never tell me why that is, however :0

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Date: 7/21/04 11:57 AM

Men wear shirts. Women wear blouses!

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Date: 7/21/04 1:52 PM

My thoughts were similar to clarea's.

Men don't wear blouses, except for marines.

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