vogue 6543: or, how i almost sewed with a plan (ctd)

Vogue 6543when 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.

Liberty of London Syndenham Palace
left over from Advance 3929 left over from McCall 8332
left over from Vogue 9668 left over from Vogue 6744

construction:
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.

still…

Vogue 6543 View C Vogue 6543 View C Vogue 6543 View A Vogue 6543 View B
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.

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