Pattern: Simplicity 1954 (copyright date unknown - ETA: I was informed that the likely copyright date is 1960 or 1961 - thanks, Gail!)
Size: size 11 (bust 31.5", waist 24.5", hip 33.5")
Fabric: Lightweight black wool with brown and rust embroidered flowers and vines from Fabricland. This fabric feels like cashmere - it is scrumptious. The lining is a black rayon (Bemberg lining) fabric.
Project Photo: front view (left photo) and back view (right photo)
Comments: This is another top for my SWAP. Obviously, the pattern intends for this garment to be worn as a jacket. However, since the fabric I used was a lightweight wool, this will work quite nicely as a top (although allowing it to do double duty as a jacket on occasion is a bonus).
I whipped together a wearable muslin (which is not quite finished yet) for this top just to get a feel for the sizing. It is a good thing that I did. The waist was a bit more snug than I would have liked. To remedy this, made the pleats in the back waist region smaller, freeing up some extra fabric. The bust region, on the other hand, was a bit too big. However, since both the muslin fabric and this fabric are wool, I was able to just steam out the excess fabric (I love that wool is so cooperative).
This top is fully lined in black Bemberg rayon lining. I inserted the lining completely by hand (as many of you know that I am wont to do).
Like all the vintage patterns I have used lately, this one went together nicely. Every notch and dot matched up, all the seams were the same length, the pattern instructions were comprehensive and logical - unlike many of today's patterns. If you ask me, the modern incarnations of these pattern companies should cast an eye back to their roots.
My favourite design features on this top are the cropped length, the pleats at the back waist and the tabs with button closures across the lower back and the front neck.
Conclusion: I really like this top. It wears like a comfortable sweater. I love the way it looks with both the black and coffee SWAP skirts. It even looks good buttoned up over the rust SWAP dress.