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Self-drafted retro top

May 28, 2014
self-drafted retro check top

self-drafted retro check top

This top is the result of a pattern-drafting class I took recently. The fit isn’t great but it’s one step in the right direction.

I gleaned the design from a 1950s pattern envelope but totally drafted all the pieces myself.

self-drafted retro top

It has a zipper up the left side in true vintage style and is fitted at the waist so I can wear it tucked into a high waist pencil skirt.

I created facings for the armholes and neckline. I wasn’t sure how to do it in one piece what with the rolled over bias collar and all. But its no big shakes. I just tacked the sleeve facings to the neck facing with a couple of stitches on the shoulder line. If I did it again, I might consider using a bias finish on the armhole to save on bulk.

self-drafted retro top

The fit still needs working on. It really is a bit big under bust. But it’s certainly wearable and it feels great to wear an original ooobop!

More deets and pics over on the blog.

  1. Great top!
    Personally, I wouldn’t make an all-in-one facing on a top with a collar. That’s one layer too many to pull through a small shoulder opening. However, bias tape to often works really well and it’s a more common finish in vintage designs than a facing.
    About the pattern drafting… the fit is certainly not bad. You are right it could be better in the area below the bust, but it’s pretty close. Just remember it’s not about ‘to the bone’ fitting, you have to be able to move in a top like this. From my experience in drafting patterns, I’ve learned that (even when working from a tried and tested sloper) a new-to-me style often needs some fiddling to get it right. Different styles may look better with different amounts of ease and certain changes, like cutting out a deeper neckline or making something sleeveless, may have unexpected results for the overall fit.
    It gets easier with experience though.

  2. hey there looking good on both dress and self drafted top as always 🙂 ….
    I recently made a top for my daughter with facings and mentioned bias instead …and she had a very good point , being a swing dancer the facings helped to keep the ‘sweat’ at bay …yuk , but very sensible 🙂

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