Sunday, February 07, 2010

Vintage - Simplicity 1093

Today I found a few spare hours to work on my vintage top, Simplicity 1093:


I made the rickrack bow view in white linen, if you'll remember from last week. Here is the finished top, rather quickly modeled by me:


As far as fit goes, the sleeves fit great, and I'm happy with the waist to hem area. But the bust/midriff area is still a little too big. I think I just overzealously graded this one up. The original pattern is a Bust 31", and I like to start with a Bust 38" or 40" in vintage patterns (I normally have very little to alter with that size.)

I tried grading up by using incremental measurements to add on the necessary sizes, rather than slash & spread my tracing. Maybe next time I'll try slashing and spreading and see if that works out better. This is pretty good though, and definitely wearable. I do think it would be cuter if it were a bit closer fit through the bust area.

Construction was very simple. There are 2 bust darts and 8 waist darts (4 in front, 4 in back). This view closes with snaps in the lower side seam of one side. I left this off, because I could pull the top on over my head with minimal tugging. The cap sleeves are faced. Since I was adding rickrack trim, I stitched the facing down by machine (it was going to be covered by the rickrack). The directions call for blind-stitching the facing down by hand.


The neckline is finished with a bias binding. Instead of turning the binding to the inside and handstitching it down, I stitched it on in reverse so that I could topstitch from the right side. I think a binding looks neater this way (and I can control the topstitching better from the right side).

I trimmed the sleeve facing and the neckline with kelly green baby rickrack. I machine stitched the single lines of rickrack down, but hand sewed the bow on after.


All in all, this was an easy to sew, fairly easy to fit pattern, and I can see a few more of this in my future. I would love to try the pink puff sleeve version! I would also like another stab at this rickrack trimmed, cap sleeve version. Maybe with red baby rickrack on a baby blue Imperial batiste I just bought?

Things I especially love...the waist darts are pretty flattering untucked! Especially if I can get a better fit through the chest. I think this will be an adorable top with a wide variety of bottoms too.

This post is cross posted at We Sew Vintage!

7 comments:

  1. So cute!! I love the baby rick rack. I'm always afraid to use rick rack on a garment for me, even though I have miles of it. But I need to now - look how cute it is!!!

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  2. That is a very sweet blouse. I wonder if you're getting a little extra through the chest area because of the cut-on cap sleeves adding in that area?

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  3. I love the look, Angie. I went ahead and bought a copy on etsy, in a 36. I, too use 38-40, so grading up one shouldn't be an issue. You may have added a bit too much, because I think (from studying the patterns) it is a bit fitted, hence the side snaps, or a zipper if called for. There is some from the cut on sleeves, but I am not sure it is that much. I love the rick rack, too, now you need a skirt or capris to match. Since I do not wear many woven tops, I am going to try mine in a knit, something with some stability, not too floppy/stretchy, to see how it works for me. I am always carrying a child or doing some other contortion, so knits are easier for me to live in. Now I can't wait to get mine!

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  4. I love your blouse...It's so cute

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  5. That's so pretty! I like the blousy effect of the too-big bust.

    Also, the ric-rac is so tiny, I thought it was embroidery at first!

    Very cute.

    Garnet

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  6. Adorable. Love the trim. Would like to see the top untucked. Maybe on the next version you can add some shots untucked.

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  7. Hi, Angie! I just found your blog and I had to go through the whole thing and check out all of your projects! You're amazing! I sew a lot of my girls' clothes, but they're four. I'm always nervous about sewing clothing for myself. I'm crazy inspired to try it now! Keep sewing and sharing!

    ~April

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