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Secretary Top

Added Jul 7, 2011

by zuro

Louisville, Kent...






I’m working on a 50s secretary style top/skirt combo… here is the top! I will take more photos once the ensemble is complete :) Still debating whether to go with the pencil skirt or a-line.

The project itself wasn’t TOO difficult, though the instructions were a bit confusing (as others have said). I had to make the ties a little shorter simply because I ran out of fabric— but they are still plenty long, and I like them that way. Had a hard time getting the sleeves in, but I think it’s just because I’m fairly new to the whole “adding a sleeve with ease” thing. Still learning! Either way I had fun working on this one and am happy with how it turned out :)

Material Notes

Just a thin cotton!




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Jul 13, 2011, 02.37 PMby Rebecca Alleyne

    I think with the volume of the shoulder and the bow an a-line skirt will give the overall outfit a nice balance without looking heavy on the top. That said – beautiful top… I adore the everything about it! The bow to me is a perfect length and Petra Peinado had it right – it does have that WOW factor. I think I need to make me one of these, in light blue. You’ve inspired me. Thank you

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    Jul 9, 2011, 10.21 AMby u120418

    I vote pencil skirt – but you could always make more than one co-ordinating skirt! Your top looks very professional – well done!

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    Jul 8, 2011, 12.34 AMby zuro

    You’re all so sweet, thank you!! :)

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    Jul 7, 2011, 04.06 PMby ganemtore

    Love it. Bravo

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    Jul 7, 2011, 03.05 PMby Debbie x

    love the orange colour

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    Jul 7, 2011, 02.46 PMby peipe

    This blouse looks fantastic, you did a great job! I just check the magazine you got the pattern from and i prefer your length of the ties to ones in the magazine. The colour is not mine but I have to admit it looks very good and you get the WOW-feeling, looking at it. Hopefully it’ll be a favourite piece in your closet and I already look forward seeing the skirt you are working on! (I’d go for a pencil skirt)

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      Jul 8, 2011, 12.33 AMby zuro

      I think I’m leaning towards the pencil skirt too :)

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    Jul 7, 2011, 01.13 PMby evelynnouveau

    Looks fab. I wasn’t overly in love with this shirt when I saw it in the magazine, but I think I will have to have a go at it! x

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      Jul 8, 2011, 12.35 AMby zuro

      Agreed! I was a bit skeptical too, but I think if it’s styled correctly it will work out great… definitely a conversation piece, haha :)

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    Jul 7, 2011, 09.29 AMby chula123

    great job ! I think the ties are just right like this :-)

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    Jul 7, 2011, 08.21 AMby dottty

    Oo i love that, the colour is gorgeous jj:)x

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    Jul 7, 2011, 05.44 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    adorable blouse in a beautiful color! very very well done! BRAVO!

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    Jul 7, 2011, 05.07 AMby nouvellegamine

    really good so far & i love the color!

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    Jul 7, 2011, 04.48 AMby smallone

    love this – great color!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jul 7, 2011, 04.26 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    great colour! it turned out very nicely!

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    Jul 7, 2011, 03.25 AMby eddalind

    I have been wanting to use this pattern for a while and this only makes me want to more

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    Jul 7, 2011, 02.29 AMby claudiacc

    SUPER cute:)

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