Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mid-Century Mod Summer Top

There was something so modern and right about many of the very simple, geometric cut tops of the early 1960's. Usually cut in one with the sleeve being almost a variation on a kimono style, these tops were perfect for wearing with slim, simple pants or shorts.


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What really made these tops great was the carefree use of color and print. It is here that Vera prints, Marimekko, and other textile designs were boldly shown. This silk top has that bright, simple yet effective look.


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Making it would be easy with a design like this one from a 1963 McCall's pattern. We love the middle version, with an oh-so-current white hobo bag and neat white flip-flops, she's ready to go. The sleeves are cut in one with the bodice for that nifty kimono sleeve look. A bit of shaping is created by a horizontal seamline across the bodice front, disquising darts within that seamline.


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Here's the back view, it's got the views along with patterns, so you can make your own version. (Couldn't this pattern be made from drawing around a simple blouse to get the right shape?)


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