Simplicity 2118, Rockabilly Summer Tops

by Bex on January 5, 2014 · 7 comments

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 sleeve looks like РI went with View 1. Apparently they are bra tops РI 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.

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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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