when i spotted this pattern on etsy i felt like i had discovered treasure. these little tops patterns from the 50s are like candy for me–i’m definitely trying to hunt them down. the reason is simple: i’m a really stingy fabric cutter. i’ll add CB seams where there should be folds, i’ll shorten skirts, i’ll eliminate facings, all in the hopes of having a bit of fabric left over to play with. this top pattern became my playground. all summer long, when i wanted something cute, quick and satisfying i’d pull out a scrap and settle on a version and go to work.
|left over from Advance 3929||left over from McCall 8332|
|left over from Vogue 9668||left over from Vogue 6744|
a few tricks became standard: no facings, just contrast bias tape. finish all interior edges with bias tape. on the halter versions, (views B, C and D) i added sew-in interfacing, bra cups and a lining.
i had some button fun on view C:
what i learned…
i had naively assumed, not quite understanding the importance of wearing ease differences in different patterns, that i could re-draw this too-small pattern using my V8615 french dart bodice. and i could–on the front. the back, however, was much too big, with almost 4″ of wearing ease i needed to fold out later. i was able to adapt but as you can see in my button shot, the results are wearable but not perfect. i would say this became a theme for my summer sewing, crystallized during the august sit-n-sew in NYC with susan khalje and kenneth king, when i finally made a moulage and sloper.
|View C||View C||View A||View B|
not bad, right?
the two view C’s were actually constructed for the PatternReview mini-wardrobe contest. so was the skirt. i just never finished the shorts! and in that first photo? yeah, that’s safety pinned shut. no buttons yet. i need hardly add that, alas, i did not finish my mini-wardrobe in time for the contest.