I have to say, if you want to be thrifty with fabric, mixing prints, solids, etc. is a great way to go. I remember when my mom bought this little feed sack print and it was not exactly cheap. It was supposed to be in a quilt, but I am not much of a quilter, so a dress it was. Pairing this printed cotton with a white cotton was an economical way to get a dress out of this piece. So why not a blouse? The bodice of this dress is not long enough to be tucked into anything so sewing a skirt was the only way to get this to work. You will see the sleeves are much shorter than I would normally wear and that was because I did not have much fabric to make them longer. So I would call this more of a 50s shirtwaist than a 40s.