The last time I made this top I’d used a vintage polycotton bed sheet and it turned out to be disappointingly stiff and unflattering but this emerald green sari silk (surplus from my military maxi waistcoat lining) turned out just right.
The 1976 pattern – Simplicity 7569 – was fantastically easy to follow . View 2 only consists of two pieces and it’s ready to wear in a couple of hours.
I’ll be raiding the Indian fabric stall on the market for more lightweight material, these tops will be perfect for my travels in India later this year.
This 1970s Maudella pattern (5800) was a joy to make. The instructions were really straightforward and it took just one (rainy) afternoon to make up.
I did cheat with the fastenings, the cross-over straps are supposed to have buttonholes but I’m never made any before so I cheated and used press studs – but if my talented sewing friend has time off soon I ‘ll ask for a tutorial and finish it off properly.
The groovy paisley print 1960s fabric was given to me.
Happily, we had a warm day yesterday so I was able to wear it.
I was lucky enough to find 6 yards of this psychedelic acetate in a charity shop on the same day I found the 1969 Simplicity pattern and according to the instructions, exactly the correct amount of fabric required for View 2 – my favourite outfit!
Although too big I had a dressmaking friend on hand to talk me through sizing it down.
It was surprisingly easy to make, I managed to finish it in an afternoon.
The Bakelite buttons were salvaged from a 1940s tea dress which had disintegrated over time.
I couldn’t resist recreating the hairstyle on the envelope, I think that bit was trickier than making the outfit!
I couldn’t wait to get home and get to work sewing this Barbie fabric I bought at the car boot sale.
There wasn’t quite enough fabric to lay the pattern pieces out properly so I had to improvise and the print doesn’t match as well as I’d like it to it have done.
The 1970 Woman “Easy Make” pattern was anything but. The instructions weren’t particularly clear to follow and I broke my last needle before I could attach the trim so I’ll have to do that at a later date. The 32″ bust should have been perfect size-wise but it turned out to be very loose hence the belt. Hopefully the crazy fabric distracts from the imperfections.