The polka dot top — inside and out

The Simplicity 4047 top is finally finished! It took FOREVER, and I am SO over it. But I am excited to wear it to work for Halloween on Monday. A couple of the guys (!) picked out Mad Men for our department costume theme, so I’m all ready.

(The skirt is a Simplicity reproduction 1940s pattern, while the top is a Simplicity reproduction 1950s pattern, but I can make it all work for the early 1960s.)

I finished the last of the hand sewing last weekend. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and particularly how nice it looks on the inside because of the underlining. Plus, I made a belt. How cool is that? Let’s take a tour …

The polka dot top all done

The outfit is all done, finally! Check out that snappy matching belt. Can you tell the crochet lace at the sleeves is different from the lace on the neck? No? Perfect! 

polka dot top inside front

The inside, from the front. How tidy does that look?

polka dot top, inside back

The inside, from the back. No serger was involved. Yay!

polka dot top, catch stitching

A close up of the hem. Check out that crazy catch-stitching. It’s the first time I’ve done that. I like it.

And as a sneak peek for my Halloween ensemble, here is the jewelry I’ll wear:

Halloween jewelry

You can never go wrong with pearls. Never.

And the accessories:

the accessories

I had the shoes and gloves, but the purse is a $7 acquisition specifically for the occasion.

All I need to do is tease my hair a bit, and the outfit skews early 1960s, but I’ll go more 1940s when I wear it on a regular day.

There were tons of lessons learned on this project, but I’ll save that for another post. Also coming soon, the mood board for the next top, which is a wearable muslin. After all this, it’s time for some quick sewing gratification!

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8 thoughts on “The polka dot top — inside and out

  1. So Resourceful October 28, 2011 at 3:46 am Reply

    Wow, I love that top! You have done an amazing job, if I tried to do something like that it would be all wonky 😀


    • Jeanne Marie October 28, 2011 at 6:03 am Reply

      So Resourceful, I practically did the whole project in slow motion, one painstaking step at a time. Underlining was totally new to me, as were lots of other steps. The Internet was my No. 1 learning resource. If hadn’t have taken it soooo slowly, the whole project would have been pretty wonky! Now I have a summer outfit — just in time for Halloween! 😉


  2. mujerboricua October 28, 2011 at 6:15 am Reply

    It looks phenomenal. I can’t believe no serger was involved. Well done! Hope you post photos of you wearing it in action.


    • Jeanne Marie October 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm Reply

      Yes, I’m planning to take pictures of myself in it. Halloween at the latest. Thanks for asking!


  3. Corinne October 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Lovely. don’t you just love the feel, the drape and the fit of an underlined garment? Sounds like a fun Halloween for you.


    • Jeanne Marie October 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm Reply

      Mostly I love the look of the inside, but it feels so much more quality than a flimsy top without underlining. I’ll definitely use the technique again where I think it adds value. I’m guessing it extends wear like lining does. But the next project is a quick one!


  4. redbamsews October 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm Reply

    Great job! Awesome. You took your time and can now beam with the remarkable outcome. Your workmanship is superb. The underlining work is well done. Be bround of what you’ve accomplished. Your Halloween outfit is a smashing success. Love the accessories. If you can, take a pic of yourself and workpeers.


    • Jeanne Marie October 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m hoping to get pictures of everyone and post them. We have two male coworkers who are planning to shave their goatees and do side parts.’Vintage dresses and purses have been swapping hands. Should be fun. I’ll share all I can.

      Sent from my iPhone


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