Vintage Sewing

60s “Crushed” Bateau-neck top

February 23, 2014

Hi everyone, this winter I’ve been working on a 60s bateau-neck top with a pleat in the shoulder seam, making it a “crushed” bateau. It has a very Mad Men feel to it!
I made it from Italian wool from Janssens et Janssen in Paris, and lined it with silk crepe de chine.

Crushed Bateau-neck top

I used a “frankenpattern” I created from three different patterns, a 60s dress, a current Vogue, and a 50s Lutterloh. You can find details about how I made the muslin on my blog,, how I made the frankenpattern muslin.

The top has French darts in the front, waist and shoulder darts in the back, and two darts at the elbow. The here’s a picture of the dart in the shoulder seam that gives the neckline the crushed drape:

The wool was very soft and stretchy, so not all that easy to work with, but in the end it became beautiful top! You can find construction details on my blog: Making the crushed bateau-neck top.

  1. AMAZING Fabric, I enjoyed the details on how you ended up completing the sleeve cap. I have taken Susan’s Craftsy course and wonder sometimes about inserting sleeves quicker. You reassured me about using her technique.

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