Retro Halter Top

Project Description

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo Simplicity 6928 (circa 1970) Link to website or photo vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Simplicity_6928 What are you most proud of? The combination of old and new... it was fun sewing up an old pattern of mine from 'the good old days'. did you see the price on the pattern? $1.50! It's selling used online for $9.99. I think I'll call mom up and see if I have any other patterns still hanging around at home. :D What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun! I had to piece the fat quarters together to have enough fabric, and that was the creative part. I felt a little Anne Marie Horner there, concocting a delicious combination of prints and colors. (smiles). What was definitely easier 30 years later... *having a tube turner to turn the ties right side out... *knowing Margaret Islander's "burrito method" for sewing the bodice part almost all the way closed... and *using my edge stitching foot on my machine for perfect edge-stitching (I can only wonder what my original project's finishing touches looked like!) I also used a pair of vintage scallop shears ~given to me by a wonderful seamstress friend, to grade those 5/8" seams... worked like a charm.

What you will need

  • Rowan "Water" from Kaffee Fassett Collective and green/white gingham from my fabric stash. The top only has three pattern pieces... it's a fun thing to put together. So easy.

Q&A with mo.sews

NanaJeanFL asked:
This is fabulous! Really takes me back and yet its become elegant with your choice of modern fabrics. Just one thing - there's no way I could fit into this and wear it these days. I guess you still can! Ah well.... still love it!
mo.sews answered:
haha! NO I made this for my daughter... who can! Actually I plan to make one for each of my three daughters. Thanks for the compliment on the fabric choices!
Pam Sews asked:
omg....I still have this pattern! But Kaffe's fabrics really make it stunning. Thanks for the tips (and just recently my scissor-sharpener learned how to sharpen my scallop pinking shears- so sad to think they are now "vintage"...) thanks for sharing!!
mo.sews answered:
Well I was gifted those scallop shears from a woman who would be in her 80's. Sadly she lost her eyesight, and knew I loved to sew, so she gave me a lot of her sewing things. I sharpened them with my knife steel, and it worked! Once I find a good scissor sharpener I'm getting all of mine sharpened.
samantha.660699 asked:
what is with the knot hanging down at the bottom? I know that halter tops tie at the back of the neck, but this looks unusual. I went to High School during the late 1960's and I do not recall this top.
mo.sews answered:
Hi Samantha.660699... It ties at the neck and the back as you suggested. It's reversible too. But in the pictures the gingham is the 'lining' so you know what you are looking at. It was great for the summer of '69, which it definitely could have been.
samantha.660699 asked:
The halter probably is backless with ties at the back as well as the neck? The material is very pretty and cool looking for the summer months
mo.sews answered:
LucyJane asked:
I made this very same halter top back in 1975 and as I remember very flattering and easy to make. I only wish I weighed now what I weighed then!
mo.sews answered:
LucyJane... I'm right there with you! My son is this very minute talking me into going to the gym with him :D