A lot of my sewing at the moment hasn’t been for me. I haven’t made a garment for myself since the vintage dresses and the vintage pledge I made back in August! I bought quite a few vintage patterns to have a go at but unfortunately other projects have taken over and they have been sat in a drawer for a while. I have decided that I would like to make something for myself once per week. Last week I made the cute little bag, but it doesn’t really fit into the ‘clothing’ category!
The pattern that I pulled out this week was the Simplicity 8830, published in 1970. A simple one for the vintage pattern pledge! The trousers and skirt don’t really appeal to me that much but I liked the look of the floaty v-neck top. This pattern is a size 12. According to the measurements on the pattern, I would need a size 16. However, when I made the last vintage pattern bigger to suit my measurements, it actually turned out to be far too big. I took a risk with this one and made a straight cut size 12 without any pattern adjusting :-/
I was very impressed with how little fabric this used. The pattern fit perfectly on a folded 44″ wide fabric. I bought the green material on one of my first fabric shop outings here in the US; it was a bargain at $2.50 per yard.
Piecing the top together was simple and the instructions were clear. Next time I use this, I will probably use a light interfacing on the facing pieces to add a little bit more structure. I still haven’t decided whether to put a bow or buttons on the front… or just leave it plain.
Once I had made this top, I had the garment making bug again so had a quick go at making the zippy top from See Kate Sew. This is a great quick pattern to cut and sew together. I actually used a different way of inserting a zipper, which I prefer to the other methods that I know. I love the elegant swirly fleur de lis style print on this fabric but it was being naughty for the camera and didn’t want to be focused on :-/ I will definitely be making many more of these tops as they are a perfect for hiding muffin top tummies!