1950’s sleeveless top revisited

I made my first version of this 1950’s sleeveless top almost exactly two years ago and even though it’s far from perfect I love it to death – it’s one of my most worn handmade items. So when I was wondering what to do with a remnant  of navy stretch polka dot fabric, I knew exactly how it could be put to good use. I would make another sleeveless top from the same pattern (vintage Simplicity 4238).

The fabric is awesome. It’s got a slight stretch to it which is perfect for fitted garments as it yanks you in. And because it’s medium weight and holds its shape pretty well, I didn’t have to bother with interfacing. I was pretty inexperienced in sewing with vintage patterns when I made my first version, so it was good to be able to come back to the pattern with a bit more experience under my belt.  Instructions that made no sense whatsoever two years ago, suddenly became crystal clear. I still really like the pattern details too, lots of strategically placed darts (12 in total) which give a great 1950’s shape.

Verdict? Love it! More details and pictures on my blog – Handmade Jane. Thanks for reading. x

• Meet the Author • Handmade Jane


I've been sewing for two years and am now at the stage where I make most of my own clothes. I love vintage style, vintage fabric and, most importantly, vintage sewing patterns! I'm influenced by most styles from the late 1930's to the early 1960's but if I had to choose the decade that most captures my imagination, it would have to be the 1940's. Looking forward to sharing more of my finished garments with you. x


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4 comments… add one

  • I love it! Looks great on you too :)

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  • So cute! Love the polka dots.

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  • Very cute and cool. I like the buttons you chose too.

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  • Wow, this is one of the most flattering blouses I have seen in long time. I love the polka dots and you did a great job sewing it up!

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