Simplicity 2118, Rockabilly Summer Tops

by Bex

in 1940s,1950s,Blouses,Skirts,Vintage Sewing

Just sneaking my last bit of vintage sewing into the end of 2013 – some basic women’s summer tops using Simplicity 2118 (circa late 1950s).


















This is what the pattern sleeveĀ looks like – I went with View 1. Apparently they are bra tops – I couldnt image wearing this as a bra!
















I didnt realise how versatile this pattern was until I made it up – it only takes an hour or so, and uses under 1.5m of fabric.

The pattern has plenty of ease, and I didnt need to do a FBA to size upĀ  like I would normally (I have a 39 inch bust, the pattern is for a 38 inch).

The golden rod fabric I used is a new quilter’s homespun (mercerized cotton) from Spotlight here in Australia. It’s got a really nice polished feel to it, and comes in some fab retro colour ways.

I made it again in black poplin for my Christmas Day outfit, plus a 1940′s tablecloth turned into a skirt.

I would recommend this pattern if you can get your hands on it; easy, versatile and a great wardrobe builder.

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Catherine Alekna January 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm

gorgeous! I really should make more tops myself. And only 1.5 meters of fabric! perfect for the stash


Pimpinett January 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

I’m intrigued by the suggestion that it could be worn as a bra, too. I suppose the midriff-baring version might work, perhaps, if it was made in a sturdy material and worn skintight under the bust, but still… Maaaaybe if you don’t want/need much support or separation. Looks great as a summer top, though.


Siri Andersen January 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Wow, what great tops!
Thanks for suggesting this pattern, I will def get it :)
Also, I LOVE your lobster pin ;) so cute!


Smee January 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Lovely! If it gets chilly, it’s so easy to toss on a sweater, too!


rosiewednesday January 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

This is fantastic!! I love color coordinating skirts like this. What a great versatile pattern.


Deb January 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Cute! Also loving the lobster pin. I have a pair of earrings that involve wire crochet and big red plastic lobsters. :)


Stacey Stitch January 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Really love this, you look lovely, will have to have a look for this pattern! :)


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