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Simplicity 1692 – Lovely Leopard

May 23, 2015

I’ve spent this past week working on Simplicity 1692. I decided to do View B, and I picked this lovely leopard print cotton that I purchased from a buy/sell/trade group I’m a part of. I had just the right amount for the blouse. As I have discussed in the past, my wardrobe is in desperate need of some separates so this is the first in an effort to remedy that situation.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen some of these. I’ve been posting my progress updates all week!

This was the progress after the first night. I had all the darts and tucks sewn, along with the bodice sides and shoulders stitched and serged.

After the second night, I had the back opening faced and the button and loop added. I also had the neckline bound and hand stitched down.

Night three saw the sleeves attached and bound. All that was left at this point was to add a zipper… (I would have done that sooner but I didn’t have one the right size and color) and add the decorative bows on the arms and neckline.

They were added this morning. The pattern calls for an invisible zipper and that requires an invisible zipper foot. I don’t have one of those and I’m terrible at inserting zippers by machine. So… I hand picked the invisible zipper! I’m so pleased with how it turned out. It’s completely invisible and I’m very proud of it. I promise I will work on zippers and learning to insert them by machine in the very near future… Maybe.

So here’s some pictures of the finished top. Modeled by my lovely purple headless assistant Millie.

I’m also very proud of the inside of this top. All my seams are completely serged and finished neatly. It’s as lovely inside as it is outside.

And finally some pictures of the top on me… Ignore my lack of makeup and my ‘hanging-out-around-the-house-with-the-kids’ hair. Please. The fit on this blouse is pretty good. It’s a bit snug in the arms, but that is normally a problem I have with both hand made and ready to wear tops. Guess I’m going to have to do a few more arm workouts each week.

All in all this was a great make and I’m pleased with how it turned out. This makes #VintagePledge make number four for me this year! I pledged five so I should have that knocked out soon. I’d love to double my pledge this year. Check out my blog over at www.shessewbettie.blogspot.com to keep up with what I’m sewing!

Thanks again for hanging out through this. I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend (here in the states) and remember the reason why we get to celebrate this weekend. #rememberthebrave


  1. Nice one! And inserting invisible zippers by hand – I do it all the time even though I have the magic-invisible-zipper-foot. Doing it by hand still eliminates my racing heart; I know for sure that every single stitch is just where it should be. Doing it by machine I don’t know until afterwards.

    1. Working on a 1925 hand crank I don’t think the special zipper foot is even available to me :-(! I am glad to see this can be done by hand. Though it is probably simple I would love to see a tutorial on how to do it. Is it simply a matter of doing a running stitch, gals?

      Thanks in advance for any guidance.



  2. Hi Ms. Kacey:

    I am squealing with delight (okay quietly) first of all at seeing you here (I just started contributing) AND for this blouse that you made. Girl, I thought this blouse was the ugliest thing . .. .and LOOK!!! You made it cute. I am so glad I found you and it here this afternoon. 🙂



  3. believe it or not Invisible zippers are the easiest zippers of all to do! Just follow the instructions and you get the most perfect installation of a zipper you can possibly imagine! The foot had just the right amount of pressure that it rolls the teeth out of the way and voila! you have created perfection! Don’t be afraid! Although using a hand crank machine does compromise controlling the fabric………….so what the heck! How bout treating yourself to a newer model machine with a foot pedal…it can still be vintage in experience……… and you can master new skills!

  4. I’m going to show my age here, but about 35 years ago (or more?!) I found this pattern in a stash of my grandmother’s old patterns and I had to have it. The pattern wasn’t marked. No cutting lines, seam lines, darts… nothing. There were just little holes in the tissue paper to indicate where these things were to be placed.
    I didn’t have the patience to figure it out, but my mom learned to sew on this kind of pattern so she made it for me. We found a bright turquoise woven poly blend with a tiny pattern of red and yellow in our stash, I think it was also vintage, and I picked that for my vintage top.
    Of course this was decades before we became fascinated with retro designs, but I wore that little blouse for years and years. Always got compliments on it and people loved that it was from one of my grandmother’s patterns.

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