Is there a pattern similar to this?

by Shanna on June 28, 2012 · 19 comments

in Vintage Sewing

This top is crazy cute. So expensive though and I want it to fit me right. I’ve looked and can’t find a pattern anywhere thats even remotely similar. Any suggestions?

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VintageAttempt June 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm
VintageAttempt June 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

What I meant was kind of combining the two patterns


Clarissa June 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

McCall’s 6285 looks similar


Punkmik June 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

It is vivien of holloway, right? That shop actually inspired me to start sewing again! I signed up to the online craftsy course by Gertie as she makes a dress which very much looks like the vivien of holloway sarong dresses. She uses a BurdaStyle pattern for it, but I cannot find which one. Here is a link.


Punkmik June 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

What I meant to add was that you could just make the top and lengthen it a bit. She uses boning in her class too. These tops are also made with boning. :)


VintageAttempt June 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm
Dust Bunny June 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm
shanna June 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I wish gerties class wasn’t so expensive. Otherwise I’d already have 10 of those dresses


Jordan June 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Princess line bodice, and then drape the halter?


LadyD June 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Try simplicity 4990.
I mixed the two bodice patterns when I made the top I wanted with sweetheart neckline.


Ginny June 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm

To be honest, the halter looks like it’s just a straight strip of material. See how it is gathered to fit at the sides, and is folding at the back of the neck? You could cut it on the bias or go for a stretch fabric to help with the shaping. My advice would be the same as Jordan says- find a strapless top or dress with the right basic shape for the bodice, then drape the halter piece starting with a straight strip and pin in place, adjusting until you’re happy with it.


shanna June 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Yeah I was thinking that the tea top up there was pretty similar. I’m not sure about making the halter piece myself. I’ll have to give it a try.


A.J.A. June 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm

If you want to take the class, Craftsy runs sales. Sign up and see what they have available. I got the Sew Retro Bombshell class for $15 bucks, and I have found it to be very worth that- there is a lot of good info and it includes a pattern. Actually, that’s a pretty awesome price. Right now they have an offer where you can take a class for $20 or less, and I the bombshell class is $20.

As far as this particular top goes, the info from that class will help you structure it, but the pattern is very different. You could try getting a princess seamed, sweetheart neck dress (Simplicity 2400 is on Etsy as low as $3.00), altering the pattern for the tucks, cutting it short, and adding the halter strap.
It’s a cute top! Good luck!


Ruthanne June 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I checked the Craftsy site and I don’t see a course for $20 offer. Did you see it on the Craftsy site or somewhere else?


A.J.A. June 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

I guess you have to sign up. I got the info via email. I got the offer for any class $14.99, and then when I took the Bombshell class, I got another offer for any class $25 or less. I had already had a Craftsy account from a digital pattern I bought, but I had not yet taken a class.


shanna June 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

I signed up so hopefully I get the email. I want to take this class so bad


Mrs. Leapheart June 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Go over to Brittany’s blog, Va-Voom Vintage, and scroll down. SHe is thinking about a Tiki dress and has an image of nearly the same style top. I believe Mrs. Depew’s patterns…Good Luck


Marie June 29, 2012 at 6:04 am
Anonymous July 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

It doesn’t have the princess seams but with minimal adjustments you can get the look from new look 6457.


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