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Simplicity 2118, Rockabilly Summer Tops

January 5, 2014

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.

  1. 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.

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