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 sleeve 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 up 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.