Going Retro: Summer Bra Top

I really love retro clothes, but I never really have time to experiment with them. And when you have limited time for sewing, it pushes me to make more practical outfits instead of something that is more of a novelty. However, during the height of COVID, I did actually get a chance to try out this pattern I had bought for a retro looking bra top. I had this great fabric that I bought years ago – and I was only able to get just under a yard of it. It’s a soft rayon (I think) and I figured I could make a small summer top with it. I had just enough fabric to make View C, which has detachable straps that button on and a flap at the top that hides the buttonholes. The top is also fully lined as well, which helped as this material was a bit on the thin side.

I may need to invest in some high waisted shorts to complete the look with this new top. It was very easy to fit with the two buttons in the back.

I don’t wear a lot of tops this short any more, but I really love how this came out. I feel like I need to find someplace fun to wear it next summer, since I never got around to it this summer.

Just Keep Sewing…

Well it feels like ages since I’ve been in blogworld.  I’ve missed writing, reading other blogs, and discovering new ideas and project inspirations.   So much has been happening the last couple months, but the biggest change was that I moved!  After a brief but necessary time living at my parent’s house, I finally moved into my own apartment.  It is a bit of an adjustment and the unpacking process takes a lot of my time, but I’m starting to feel back to normal again.  And despite everything that has been going on, I have kept up on my sewing…somewhat.

While I’ve been away from the blog, there were a few projects I completed that I didn’t have time to write about.  The first was a top from this retro pattern:

Sailor Pants

I bought this pattern because I have an obsession with those navy-style pants.  Someday I am going to make a pair.  I showed this to my sister and she asked “Ooh!  Can you make me that little sailor top for my birthday?!”  She may have been half-joking, but I accepted the challenge.

Crop Top

 

This pattern calls for something called “braid” for the trim, which I had a hard time figuring out what that was.  After an exhaustive Google search I wondered if it’s even called that any more.  My sister and I went to the fabric store to see what we could use for the the trim on the back flap.  Finally, she picked out some white ribbon so we could make a type of navy design.  I think it actually came out pretty good:

Navy crop top back

 

But, wow!  It is a tiny top.  I won’t post the picture of me wearing this, as it is a bit revealing.  So here is another shot of Madame Booty wearing it:

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