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Added Feb 16, 2014

by nicola82

Perth, Australia






Started with this top to reintroduce myself to my sewing machine (that’s a lie) I had been making some small kids projects, but this was my first go at something for me, for a long time.

The pattern is a ‘vintage’ 1940’s Simplicity Pattern #1692. I loved the illustrations, not so much the photo (as is often the case) but you never really know if the design will even come close to looking like the illustration.

I decided against using the darts recommended by the pattern. The top has the classic narrow (non-existent) waistline of that era, but because I’m more straight up and down it looked really over-worked with them in.

There is something that is probably truly obvious to most sewers that I’ve been overlooking all these years that I learnt from this project. I often choose a fabric without realising how see-through it is, or that it’s too light for the project I envisage it for. Whilst it wasn’t a huge deal with this top, I’m a bit annoyed that the facing shows. Lesson learnt!

Material Notes

Coloured spotted polyester cotton, picked up at a remnants sale years ago.




Garment Type

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    Feb 22, 2014, 10.05 AMby nookie

    Cute top – I actually have this fabric at home.

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      Feb 23, 2014, 12.09 AMby nicola82

      Thanks – I’ve got heaps of it, got it from a fashion label/remnants sale. Where did you get yours?

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    Feb 18, 2014, 06.59 PMby sewknitting

    It’s a really pretty top – looks nice on you, love the fabric. I really like that skirt too :)

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      Feb 23, 2014, 12.18 AMby nicola82

      Thanks – the skirt is a fav (few years old now but a wardrobe staple)

      I bought it from Cue: http://www.cue.cc/shop They still manage to make some clothes in Australia and are designed here too. The current winter season is rather dark but they do love colour too. Their clothes have fantastic stylines and are a great inspiration.

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    Feb 18, 2014, 01.44 AMby izbott

    The material is nice. This is a well made top.

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    Feb 17, 2014, 05.58 PMby ClemenceAimee

    Your top is beautiful! The fabric is so lovely, the palette of the dots is perfect, especially with the cute buttons!

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    Feb 16, 2014, 11.27 PMby rita61

    Your top is nice.

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