In March Simplicity launched their Star Sewist search. The challenge has three categories, each using a set Simplicity/New Look pattern:
Best dressmaking project -the NewLook shift dress 6145
Best Newcomer -Simplicity’s It’s So Easy 2286 skirt
Best Vintage Make – Simplicity’s 1364 blouse
I decided to attempt the vintage category using their vintage reproduction pattern 1364, a classic top with French darts
The fabric I used actually came from the rummage box in my local fabric store and cost £1. I had a summer top in mind for it so when the challenge came along it seemed like destiny!
I cut a size 14, shortened the length by four inches and lowered the neckline by two inches. I omitted the zip; I basted the back seam and tried it on and although it’s quite fitted managed to wriggle in and out of it quite easily.
To get into the vintage theme I sewed it up on my old Singer. It was actually nice to get back to basics (although I did find myself reaching for the thread cutter button a few times!)
I used French seams throughout and finished the neckline, armholes and hem with co-ordinating bias binding from my stash.
I cut out the tie belt as well but once the top was made decided against it as I thought it would be a bit too fussy. Instead I took inspiration from a vintage pattern and added two little rouleau bows on the shoulder.
I’m really pleased with how this turned out, the pattern really does do the fabric justice. It’s probably the cheapest thing I’ve ever made as well, only costing £1!