I barely had any time to work on a signature look for Project Run & Play this week, but I wanted to submit something. So I made this top that was inspired by the Vintage May series that Skirt as Top and Craftiness is not Optional is hosting. I’m not sure what decade this is from, but it reminds me of something my mom wore, so my guess is 60s or 70s? Maybe even 50s? What do you think? (I don’t know my fashion eras at all!)
It is a refashion from this pretty hideous blazer thing I picked up at the thrift store. I’m not sure what was going on with the blazer (it had three huge pockets on the front and shoulder pads too!), but I loved the purple plaid fabric.
Do you recognize the pattern? It’s a remix of the Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress pattern! When I was making Yuki’s Jump Rope Dress, I noticed after the first few steps that without sleeves or a skirt, it made a pretty cute top! So that’s pretty much what I did.
First I had to pick the pockets off the jacket and then cut out the front pieces, back piece and sleeves. I didn’t have two pieces large enough for the front and back of the shirt, so the back of the tank top is actually pieced together (you can see the seam running down the middle in the next picture).
I cut the 2T size pattern, lengthening the shirt and followed the directions exactly for the placket and collar. I shortened the shoulder length (though I could have gone even shorter) and cut the arm hole a little larger. I used homemade bias tape to finish the arm holes and hemmed the shirt so it’s curved up on the sides. I added a little pocket on the chest made from one of the original pockets that I had picked off.
So for my “signature look,” I paired this shirt with the chambray shorts I made during KCWC.
I thought the outfit was a little simple and so I wanted to make an accessory to “dress it up” a little. It looked good in my head . . .
I whipped up a little felt flower belt, which I really like. Just not with this outfit.
So that’s it! Simple. Summery. Vintagey. All the things I’m feeling right now.