Saturday, January 12, 2013

Maternity Top c. 1955

Hello all! I've finally finished the vintage maternity top I've been working on. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It's very comfortable and looks really cute with my skinny jeans, and I think will also work really well with the black pencil skirt I've got. I've put the buttons on as well, but took the pictures while there was still some light coming through the windows, so I hadn't had a chance to sew them on yet. They are just plain, black, 3/4" buttons.

 (I realized after I'd made all the buttonholes that I put them on the left instead of the right, but was too tired to cut them all out and make them again). 

The fabric is a woven cotton dot, with red, yellow and pink threads running through the polka dots. I used scraps of the linen/rayon I used for my 1930s trousers for the trim around the yoke.

I'm really excited about having something new to wear, as well as having something nice and loose, since a lot of the basics I've acquired so far are more form fitting. I've got several pieces of fabric in the stash that I'm considering using for some more, similar tops. This pattern, along with some other really cute maternity patterns, were a gift from a friend and fellow vintage-lover. This one is Simplicity 1174, from 1955. The shorts are really cute too, and if I'm desperate for another quick project and it's gotten warm enough in early spring to wear shorts I may whip a pair up. My sweet husband told me he was very impressed and thinks this is really cute also (I will add that he is impressed with anything I make, but I'm not going to turn down the compliment).

I've actually started another maternity project as well, from a dress pattern included in this delightful goody bag of vintage patterns. This one is a bit later, Simplicity 3345. I haven't been able to date this one exactly, but judging from the hair and overall style of the dress I would guess early '60s. If anyone has any better guesses/info, please let me know.

The fabric I'm using for this is a neutral, cotton-print cotton. I have a bit of black linen/linen blend that I'm going to use for the rolled collar and the sash. I'm making the sleeveless version, so I'll be able to still wear my short cardigans with it when the weather gets a bit warmer. I'm excited to have another dress to wear. It's been hard getting used to not having my normal winter wardrobe, as well as having a wardrobe that is now about one tenth the size it used to be. All of the fabric for this dress came from the combined stash that my mom and I have accumulated, and since the pattern was a gift the only thing I will have to spend money on is the zipper for the back, as I don't currently have one long enough or the right color (as always).

Once I get this one finished I have some other knitting and upholstering projects I need to take care of, and then I may make a few more tops.

I bought the Advance pattern ages ago, just because the style of the top was so interesting. I can't decide what to make it out of though. Nothing in my stash seems to be calling out for this pattern.

These last two were from the lot of patterns I was gifted. I like the wide, open neck on the first one, and while I don't love the dress versions of the 1960s pattern, I really like it as a top. I think that one will definitely be in the line-up for my next projects.

 Hope everyone had a nice New Year!


  1. That top is really darling. Great print with a neat detail. The dress is amazing, too, and I reeeaally like the design of 2475, so I hope you make that one up!

  2. that's a lovely top, you have a great collection of maternity patterns, how lovely

  3. Hello Evie! Furst of all, I love your maternity top! I had all these great plans (and patterns!) to make myself some vintage maternity clothes, but never finished them. Ah well! Secondly, Simplicity 3345 dates back to 1960. :) BTW, I am slightly jealous of that pattern--it is super cute!

    1. Ooo, thanks very much for the info, Bessie!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...