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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.

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wing collared blouse at the postbox

This blouse was such an easy make. And it is such a comfortable and flattering style.
I’m not sure what era it is. Im thinking 1950s but I always struggle to find a date on vintage patterns. Does anyone know?

b556 Butterick blouse pattern
The pattern description reads: “Wing collared blouses for casual and dress-up occasions” and I think that just about sums it up. I do like all purpose clothing!

wing collar blouse profile

I was a bit hesitant about adding the shoulder pads but I’m jolly glad I did. They do indeed add proper structure to the shoulders and in any case it is more authentic.

wing collar blouse

The little heart buttons are care of Cath Kidston. and the hem is bound in red binding (of course!) I feel a few more of these coming on! More pictures and details over at ooobop!

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