1960s | Blouses | Buttons | Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

Lady Grey retro top

By on June 30, 2012
burda retro top back

burda retro top backI made this top from a pattern in Burda Style magazine, issue 5/2012. It’s a very simple, retro style top that is easy to make and very easy to wear. I went up a size to ensure a comfortable fit but I needn’t have done because it is very roomy. Not completely shapeless as it has bust darts and front darts at the waist. I was sold on the buttons down the back. Takes a bit of mastering to do up though!

burda retro top front

The front is very plain and commands some sort of detail either in the fabric or by sporting a little corsage! I dyed some eyelet poly cotton with black fabric dye, knowing full well it wouldn’t give absolute coverage but I like the effect that I ended up with.

retro top front view

The neckline is a bit small for my liking, though is true to those vintage jewel necklines. I will make it a little larger next time and see what happens when I go down a size! More details and photos over at ooobop!


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1970s | Blouses | Vintage Sewing

Style 2516 – my first ‘vintage’ pattern

By on April 10, 2012

As part of the sewing pattern review contest I sewed Style 2516. Dug out of the cupboard it was a little ripped and torn in places.

But being very careful managed to cut out the pieces. I think I may have to trace off the pattern on something more sturdy. As its been a really nice and simple pattern to sew and I already have loads of ideas with modifications I can do such as contrasting collar and cuffs to give a casual blazer look. Using maybe a linen or brushed cotton.

I even did the dreaded buttonholes all by hand….fortunately only had three to do.

They just take me so long to do.

More detail & pics on my blog.

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