I finished this top a while ago but when I posted a photo of it on IG as part of #mmm17 I realised I’d never blogged about it. I think it’s worth a mention.
This is a re-issue of a 1960s pattern which I bought after seeing the version @lois.h posted on IG. I was planning to make a top to go with my Christmas skirt but never got around to it. In my quest for the perfect top pattern I decided give it a try with some pale grey denim twill from Fabworks. It was only £5 a metre but I’ve noticed that it is now sold out which is a shame. I was worried it would crease badly but even after wearing the top to work all day it looked fine.
The pattern has long side seam darts which didn’t need adjusting and a lovely neckline (I’ve explained before about my preference for a high neckline!). I would say that it’s not quite the same neckline as the illustration, I was expecting it to be more like the Gable Top, but I’m fine with the way it turned out.
The only adjustment I made was to the sleeves which were, as always, too long. There’s a elbow dart which had to be moved to make sure it was level with my elbow. It’s a pretty quick and easy sew and a definite wardrobe staple.
My version isn’t quite as fitted as the cover illustration and I may add a bit more shaping at the waist next time. I’m hoping it will also work tucked into a skirt. It has a long invisible zip at the back which I have to admit was unpicked a couple of times. The zips previously stocked by C & H Fabrics are apparently no longer available and I’m not so happy with the alternative they now sell. I think the one I used in the end came from Ditto and it’s fine – but there is a teeny mess at the bottom as a result of the unpicking. I’ve not photographed it because I’m gradually learning to ignore it! I edged the facing with bias binding because I like the neat finish it gives.
I’ve seen a lovely sleeveless version of this top by Sew DIY in black and white gingham which would be perfect for the summer – if and when it arrives!
I also have this lovely vintage fabric I bought from Anna at The Eternal Maker. Her grandmother made a dress for her aunt from it in the late 60s and I have what was left over! Might be a perfect match with this 60s pattern!